Alex Award

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: Steve Hamilton
2011 Alex Award - Selection

Traumatized at the age of eight and pushed into a life of crime by reason of his unforgiveable talent--lock picking--Michael sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

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Author: Aimee Bender
2011 Alex Award - Selection

Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

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Author: Matt Haig
2011 Alex Award - Selection

Struggling with overwork and parenting angst, English village doctor Peter Radley endeavors to hide his family's vampire nature until their daughter's oddly satisfying act of violence reveals the truth, an event that is complicated by the arrival of a practicing vampire family member.

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Author: Alden Bell
2011 Alex Award - Selection

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

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Author: Helen Grant
2011 Alex Award - Selection

Ten-year-old Pia and her friend Stefan, the most unpopular child in school, become convinced that Katharina Linden has been spirited away by the supernatural. Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales--and perilously close to adulthood.

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Author: William Kamkwamba
2010 Alex Award - Selection

This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

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Author: Meg Rosoff
2010 Alex Award - Selection
Pell, a young woman in 1850's rural England, runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. But as she rides, Pell's feelings for her parents--and her fianc--surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels.
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Author: Ron Currie
2010 Alex Award - Selection
In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?
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Author: David Finkel
2010 Alex Award - Selection
In the tradition of "Black Hawk Down," The Good Soldiers takes an unforgettable look at the heroes and the ruined soldiers fighting in the Iraq War.
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Author: Diana Welch
2010 Alex Award - Selection
The poignant, harrowing story of four siblings--Amanda, Liz, Dan, and Diana Welch--who despite their wrenching loss and subsequent separation, retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with--growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up and being together again.
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Author: Peter Rock
2010 Alex Award - Selection
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Author: Gail Carriger
2010 Alex Award - Selection

Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society.