Alex Award 2016

Adult Books for Teen Readers

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

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Author: Ryan Gattis
2016 Alex Award - Selection
A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Price a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty.
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Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
2016 Alex Award - Selection
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.
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Author: Sara Nović
2016 Alex Award - Selection
When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Juric is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past.
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Author: Joe Abercrombie
2016 Alex Award - Selection
Set in the same world as Half a King, Half a World follows a new protagonist, Thorn, a fifteen-year-old girl in training for the king's army. But even as she's learning the ways of war, she's also growing up... and falling in love for the first time
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Author: Brandon Stanton
2016 Alex Award - Selection
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog "Humans of New York." His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over fifteen million.
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Author: Keija Parssinen
2016 Alex Award - Selection
A superstitious oil town in Texas is sent into a tailspin when the star player of their championship girls' basketball team mysteriously collapses on the season's opening night and is followed by other girls who seem to suffer from the same peculiar condition
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Author: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
2016 Alex Award - Selection
A Princeton University salutatorian describes his experiences as an undocumented immigrant youth in New York City, relating his efforts as a scholarship student in a private school that sharply contrasted with his street life in East Harlem.