2001 Alex Awards

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Ten adult books that will appeal to teen readers have been selected to receive the 2001 Alex Awards. The books were selected by The Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force, a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). They are being announced jointly by YALSA and Booklist as part of the observance of National Library Week, April 1-7, 2001.

The titles are:

Chang And Eng, by Darin Strauss, Dutton

Counting Coup, by Larry Colton, Warner

Daughter Of The Forest, by Juliet Marillier, Tor

Diamond Dogs, by Alan Watt, Little,Brown

Flags Of Our Fathers, by James Bradley and Ron Powers, Bantam

The Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier, Plume

In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking

The Man Who Ate The 747, by Ben Sherwood, Bantam

The Sand Reckoner, by Gillian Bradshaw, Tor/Forge

Soldier: A Poet's Childhood, by June Jordan, Basic

David Mowery, chair of the Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force, commented, "The ten titles on the 2001 Alex Awards List reflect the Task Force's commitment to choose and promote adult fiction and non-fiction books with the strong potential for long- term appeal and interest to young adults."

The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. They are named in honor of the late Margaret Alexander Edwards, fondly called "Alex" by her closest friends, who was a young adult specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in Baltimore, Maryland. She used adult books extensively with young adults to broaden their experiences and to enrich their understanding of themselves and their world.

The Alex Awards are part of the Adult Books for Young Adults Project. It is funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust for a five-year period that began in 1998. Each year, the project presents a program at the ALA Annual Conference in addition to the selecting titles for the Alex Awards. The lectures and lists allow for a sustained, systematic examination of the role of adult books in the lives of young adult readers with special attention to publishing, marketing, and reading guidance.

The fourth program in the series is scheduled for Sunday, June 17, 2-4pm, in San Francisco. The winning titles for 2001 will be introduced and the Task Force will give a panel presentation about the award itself, review the previous award winning titles, provide tips for reading guidance, and recommend uses lists in school and public libraries.

An annotated list of the Alex Award winners is available on the YALSA for members only website (username and password required), in the April 1 issue of Booklist, and in the 2001 edition of ALA's Guide to Best Reading.

For additional information contact the YALSA Office: e-mail: yalsa@ala.org; or phone: 800-545-2433.