Alex Awards

About the Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998. The titles were selected by the YALSA Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force from the previous year's publishing and were part of the Adult Books for Young Adults Project, which explored the role of adult books in the reading lives of teenagers and was funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. With the approval of the Trust, the task force appointed to develop and implement the project named the awards the Alex Awards after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

The task force decided to select ten titles annually, and also decided to select a top ten list rather than a single title or a long list because of the popularity of the concept and because it parallels the Top Ten titles selected by the Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committees. The task force members also believed that selecting more than one book provided a greater variety of titles, whereas a longer list would be less selective than desired. A top ten list also allows for a more balanced list—fiction and nonfiction, as well as various genres. The task force also wanted to make diversity a priority in the lists.

In 2002 the Alex Awards were approved as an official ALA award, and the Task Force was superseded by the Alex Awards Committee.

The major sponsor of the Alex Awards continues to be the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Booklist is also a sponsor.

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2015 Selection(s)

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Bellweather Rhapsody

by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Bingo’s Run

by James A. Levine, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

Confessions

by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc

Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng, published by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

Lock In

by John Scalzi, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

The Martian

by Andy Weir, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice

by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, published by TED Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

by Michael Koryta, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Wolf in White Van

by John Darnielle, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux