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In 2002 the Alex Awards were approved as an official ALA award, and the Task Force was superseded by the Alex Awards Committee.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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2014 Selection(s)

Brewster

written by Mark Slouka, published by W.W. Norton & Company

The Death of Bees

written by Lisa O'Donnell, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Golden Boy: A Novel

written by Abigail Tarttelin, published by ATRIA Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Help for the Haunted

written by John Searles, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Lexicon: A Novel

written by Max Barry, published by The Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Lives of Tao

written by Wesley Chu, published by Angry Robot, a member of the Osprey Group

Mother, Mother: A Novel

written by Koren Zailckas, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Relish

written by Lucy Knisley, published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Book Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

written by Katja Millay, published by ATRIA Paperback, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

written by Gavin Extence, published by Redhook Books, an imprint of Orbit, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.