YALSA announces 2022 Alex Awards

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/24/2022


Communications and Marketing Office

ALA Media Relations



CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2022 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, and announced during the ALA Youth Media Awards at LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, Jan. 21 - 24. 

The 2022 Alex Award winners are:

  • “Light from Uncommon Stars,” by Ryka Aoki, published by Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group (9781250789068)
  • “The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot,” by Marianne Cronin, published by Harper Perennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (9780063017504)
  • “The Witch’s Heart,” by Genevieve Gornichec, ACE, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House (9780593099940)
  • “The Library of the Dead,” by T.L Huchu, published by Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group (9781250767769)
  • “How Lucky,” by Will Leitch, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (9780063073098)
  • “Winter’s Orbit,” by Everina Maxwell, published by Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group (9781250758835)
  • “The Rose Code,” by Kate Quinn, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (9780062943477)
  • “Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever,” by Kareem Rosser, published by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group (9781250270863)
  • “Lore Olympus, Vol. 1,” by Rachel Smythe, published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House a division of Penguin Random House, (9780593160299)
  • “Malice,” by Heather Walter, published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House (9781984818652)

“I was grateful to have an experienced core of school and public librarians who could zero in on the most important factor of an ALEX Award-winning book - will this hit with teens? This list gives librarians and families a larger selection of books that their children will love to read,” said 2022 Alex Awards Committee Chair Michael Fleming.

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. A full list of official nominations will be available online at www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex.

The award is named in honor of the late Margaret Alexander Edwards, fondly called “Alex” by her closest friends, a pioneer in providing library services to young adults. At Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Edwards used adult books extensively with teens to broaden their experience and enrich their understanding of themselves and their world.

Members of the 2022 Alex Awards Committee are: Chair Michael Fleming, Juanita High School Library, Kirkland, Washington; Julie Benolken, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; Heather Love Beverley, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville, Illinois;  Anne Dame, Einstein Middle School Library, Shoreline, Washington; Tammiika Frowner, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Amanda Kingswell, Jennings County Public Library, North Vernon, Indiana; Kathleen Reynolds, University of Southern California, South Pasadena, California; Carrie Richmond, Racine Public Library, Racine, Wisconsin; Karen Scott, Thompson Middle School Library, Alabaster, Alabama; Kirsten Gunn, Highline High School Library, Burien, Washington; and Award Liaison Maryanne Olson, Queens Public Library, Queens, New York. 

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email, yalsa@ala.org.

For information on the Alex Awards and other ALA Youth Media Awards, please visit www.ala.org/yma.