Alex Awards 2013
- Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc. (ISBN # 9781569479773)
While trying to survive a long boring summer in rural Georgia, Lynn befriends a lonely soldier online. When they meet face to face, tables are turned as Lynn tries to exert power in her out-of-control life. Dangerous, amusing, role-bending, and definitely creepy!
- Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN # 9780374162573)
With only a worn copy of the Girl Scout Handbook for reference, resourceful and tenacious Rory Hendrix must navigate the depressing landscape of a 1970s trailer park where she suffers abuse at the hands of a neighbor and neglect from her mother.
- Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross (ISBN # 9780985510602)
Richard Ross' riveting photographs give voices to incarcerated youth in juvenile detention centers across America.
- Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN # 9780374214913)
Clay Johnson loses his web-designer job and begins working the night shift in a bookstore with only a few customers. This marvelous mashup blends mystery, adventure, and romance into a literary and technological tale.
- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams (ISBN # 9781419702167)
Written by a former classmate of Jeffery Dahmer, this graphic novel illustrates the teenage years of a future serial killer.
- One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion (ISBN # 9781401324384)
This remarkable story follows the Macon Ironmen, a team of misfits with a hippie coach, through a recordsetting baseball season.
- Pure by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN # 9781455503063)
In a world destroyed by nuclear detonations, only a privileged few have remained pure. Two teens from different sides of the Dome unite to search for answers to troubling questions about their origins.
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (ISBN # 9780062065247)
An attack on 13-year-old Joe's mother near their North Dakota Ojibwe reservation home leads him and his friends on a quest to solve the crime. This coming-of-age story highlights friendship, family, tradition, and the uneasy relationship between the tribal and white communities.
- Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN # 9780679644194)
June thought she knew everything about her beloved uncle, Finn. After his death from a mysterious new illness called AIDS, his grieving boyfriend delivers Finn's favorite teapot to June's door, and she realizes nothing is what she thought it was: not her family, not her uncle, not even herself.
- Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN # 9780316204279)
Through a series of emails, letters, and FBI files, Bee follows the trail of her missing mother to the ends of the earth in this quirky, laugh-out-loud tale.
“From madcap adventures to portraits of compelling characters and beautifully illustrated nonfiction titles, this year's list has a book for every teen reader,” said Rachel McDonald, chair of the 2013 Alex Awards Committee.
Chair Rachel McDonald, King County Library System Foster Library, Tukwila , Wash.; Danielle Dreger-Babbitt, Sno-Isle Regional Library Mill Creek (Wash.) Library; Paige Battle, Grant High School, Portland, Ore.; Kim Herrington, Pearland (Texas) Junior High West; Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, SLIS, Denton, Texas; Kelly Jensen, Beloit Public Library, Delavan, Wis.; Jennifer Lawson, San Diego County Library; Ann Perrigo, Allegan (Mich.) District Library; Tina Pounds, Edison High School, Alexandria, Va.; Melissa Smith, Librarian Consultant, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, Forest Hills, N.Y.; and Ann Kelley, Booklist, Chicago.