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Description of the Award

What is the Alex Award?

In recognition that many young adults read, and often prefer, books written for adults, the Alex Award Committee selects ten adult books that will "intrigue and challenge" young adults.  The committee seeks a variety of titles in diverse subjects and genres. .

 

Who decides the winner?

The Alex Award Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA,) a division of the American Library Association (ALA.) determines the ten books.  YALSA Vice President/President-Elect selects nine YALSA members for a two-year term with possibility of reappointment. One will be appointed as Chair for one-year term.  The tenth member is from Booklist. Books may be nominated by members, publishers and from readers.  Only nominated books will be considered. Selected books are announced during National Library Week and published in Booklist in the closest issue to National Library Week, usually mid-April.  In addition, the award, may be announced at the ALA Annual Conference Awards Program.

     

When did the award begin?

The Alex Award began in 1998.  It was originally funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust that set up a Task Force to develop criteria and selection process as well as to select the books. Changes were made In 2002 when the Alex Awards were approved as an official ALA award.  The Task Force was superseded by the Alex Awards Committee.  In addition to the sponsorship by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, Booklist is also a sponsor.

 

What special criteria are used to select this award?

Books considered will be:

  • Published in calendar year prior to announcement

  • Come from a publisher's adult list

  • Works or fiction and nonfiction will be considered

  • Works of joint authorship and editorship are eligible

  • Books published in another country in English are eligible

  • Books translated into English are eligible

  • Selected from genres that have special appeal to young adults

  • Potentially appealing to teens age 12-18

  • Well written and very readable

Why is it called the Alex Award?

The award is named in honor of Margaret Alexander Edwards, known to her close friends as "Alex," who was the young adult specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.  Margaret Edwards extensively used adult books with young adults to enhance their experiences and understandings of themselves and their world. She describes her work in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts.

 

What does the award look like?

The Alex Award features the name "ALEX" in large blue letters. Interspersed in circled red letters is the word "award."

 (AAWLAERXD)

 Above the name is "Teen Readers" and below is "and Adult Books.," both in blue letters.  Surrounding the printed symbol is a circle of stylized leaves, similar to laurel leaves.

   

     

YEAR AUTHOR TITLE   (Curriculum Lab Call Number)
2007 Connolly, John BOOK OF LOST THINGS   (YP  C752bo)
  Doig, Ivan WHISTLING SEASON
  D'Orso, Michael EAGLE BLUE: A TEAM, A TRIBE, AND A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SEASON IN ARTIC ALASKA
  Gruen, Sara WATER FOR THE ELEPHANTS
  Hamamura, John COLOR OF THE SEA
  Joern, Pamela Carter FLOOR OF THE SKY
  Lewis, Michael BLIND SIDE: EVOLUTION OF A GAME
  Mitchell, David BLACK SWAWN GREEN
  Rash, Ron WORLD MADE STRAIGHT   (YP  R224wo)
  Setterfield, Diane THIRTEENTH TALE
     
2005 Almond, Steve CANDYFREAK: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHOCOLATE UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA
  Cox, Lynn SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA: TALES OF A LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER
  Halpin, Brendan DONORBOY
  Kurson, Robert SHADOW DIVERS
  Meyers, Kent WORK OF WOLVES
  Patchett, Ann TRUTH & BEAUTY: A FRIENDSHIP
  Picoult, Jody MY SISTER'S KEEPER
  Reed, Kit THINNER THAN THOU
  Shepard, Jim PROJECT X
  Sullivan, Robert RATS: OBSERVATIONS ON THE HISTORY AND HABITAT OF THE CITY'S MOST UNWANTED INHABITANTS
     
2004 Davis, Amanda WONDER WHEN YOU'LL MISS ME
  Haddon, Mark THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME  (YP  H127cu)
  Hosseini, Khaled THE KITE RUNNER
  Packer, Z.Z. DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE
  Roach, Mary STIFF
  Salzman, Mark TRUE NOTEBOOKS
  Satrapi, Marjane PERSEPOLIS
  Winspear, Jacqueline MAISIE DOBBS
  Yates, Bart LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND
     
2003 Barry, Lynda ONE HUNDRED DEMONS
  Conroy, Pat MY LOSING SEASON
  Ferris, Timothy SEEING THE DARK: HOW BACKYARD STARGAZERS ARE PROBING DEEP SPACE AND GUARDING EARTH FROM INTERPLANETARY PERIL
  Fforde, Jasper THE EYRE AFFAIR
  Lawson, Mary CROW LAKE
  Malloy, Brian THE YEAR OF ICE
  Otsuka, Julie WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DEVINE
  Packer, Ann THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER
  Southgate, Martha THE FALL OF ROME
  Weisberg, Joseph 10TH GRADE
     
2002 Brooks, Geraldine YEAR OF WONDERS: A NOVEL OF THE PLAGUE  (PR  9619.3 B7153 Y4 2002)
  Doyle, William AN AMERICAN INSURRECTION: THE BATTLE OF OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI
  Durham, David Anthony GABRIEL'S STORY
  Ehrenreich, Barbara NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN BOOM-TIME AMERICA
  Kruger, Kobie THE WILDERNESS FAMILY: AT HOME WITH AFRICA'S WILDLIFE
  Morrissey, Donna KIT'S LAW
  Odom, Mel THE ROVER
  Vijayaraghavan, Vineeta MOTHERLAND
  Walker, Rebecca BLACK, WHITE, AND JEWISH: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SHIFTING SELF
     
2001 Bradley, James & Ron Powers FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS  (D767.99 B73 2000)
  Bradshaw, Gillian THE SAND RECKONER
  Chevalier, Tracy GIRL WITH A  PEARL EARRING  (PS3553 H4367 G57 1999)
  Colton, Larry COUNTING COUP
  Jordon, Julie SOLDER: A POET'S CHILDHOOD
  Marillier, Juliet DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST
  Philbrick, Nathaniel IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: THE TRAGEDY OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX  (G530 E77 P45 2001)
  Sherwood, Ben THE MAN WHO ATE THE 747
  Strauss, Darin CHANG AND ENG
  Watt, Alan DIAMOND DOGS
     
2000 Breashears, David HIGH EXPOSURE: AN ENDURING PASSION FOR EVEREST AND UNFORGIVING PLACES
  Card, Orson Scott ENDER'S SHADOW
  Clarke, Breena RIVER, CROSS MY HEART
  Codell, Esme Raji EDUCATING ESME: DIARY OF A TEACHER'S FIRST YEAR
  Fiqua, Jonathon Scott THE REAPPEARANCE OF SAM WEBBER
  Gaiman, Neil STARDUST
  Greenlaw, Linda THE HUNGRY OCEAN: A SWORDBOAT CAPTAIN'S JOURNEY
  Hart, Elva Trevino BAREFOOT HEART: STORIES OF A MIGRANT CHILD
  Haruf, Kent PLAINSONG  (PS3558 A716 P58 1999)
  Porter, Connie IMANI ALL MINE
     
1999 Alexander, Caroline THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
  Boylan, James Finney GETTING IN
  Dominick, Andie NEEDLES
  Gilstrap, John AT ALL COSTS
  Kercheval, Jesse Lee SPACE
  Kluger, Steve LAST DAYS OF SUMMER
    LEGENDS: STORIES BY THE MASTERS OF MODERN FANTASY
  Robinson, Kim Stanley ANTARCTICA
  Santiago, Esmeralda ALMOST A WOMAN  (F128.9 P85 S267 1999)
  Senna, Danzy CAUCASIA
     
1998 Bodanis, David THE SECRET FAMILY: TWENTY-FOUR HOURS INSIDE THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF OUR MINDS AND BODIES
  Bragg, Rick ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN'
  Carroll, Rebecca SUGAR IN THE RAW: VOICES OF YOUNG BLACK GIRLS IN AMERICA
  Cook, Karin WHAT GIRLS LEARN  (PS 3553 O55385 W48 1997)
  Hamill, Pete SNOW IN AUGUST
  Junger, Sebastian THE PERFECT STORM: A TRUE STORY OF MEN AGAINST THE SEA  (QL945 J66 1991)
  Krakauer, Jon INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE MT EVEREST DISASTER
  Thomas, Velma Maia LEST WE FORGET: THE PASSAGE FROM AFRICA TO SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION  (YP  306.369 T462le)
  Trice, Dawn Turner ONLY TWICE I'VE WISHED FOR HEAVEN
  Willis, Connie TO SAY NOTHING OF A DOG; OR, HOW WE FOUND THE BISHOP'S BIRD STUMP AT LAST)

 

 

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