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 award is sponsored 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. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.
2009 Alex Awards
City of Thieves, by David Benioff, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (9780670018703)
The Dragons of Babel, by Michael Swanwick, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates (9780765319500)
Finding Nouf, by Zoë Ferraris published by Houghton Mifflin Company (9780618873883)
The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti, published by Dial Press, a division of Random House (9780385337458)
Just After Sunset: Stories, by Stephen King, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster (9781416584087)
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (9781565125698)
Over and Under, by Todd Tucker, published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (9780312379902)
The Oxford Project, by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein, published by Welcome Books (9781599620480)
Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins (9780061430220)
Three Girls and Their Brother, by Theresa Rebeck, published by Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House (9780307394149)