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Alex Award
Awarded forAdults books with "special appeal" for adolescents
CountryUnited States
Presented byYoung Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded1998

The Alex Awards annually recognize "ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18".[1] Essentially, the award is a listing by the American Library Association parallel to its annual Best Books for Young Adults, a longer list of recommended books that have been promoted in the YA category. Since 2002, the Alex Awards have been administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). YALSA also names several other "Top Tens" annually.[2]

The awards, named after Baltimore librarian Margaret Alexander Edwards, who was known as "Alex," are sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist magazine.[3] The list of books published during the previous year serves to provide the choice of titles selected for the awards, which were initially bestowed in 1998.

Alex recipients[edit]

Alex Award book lists, 1998 to present[1]
Year Author Title Reference
2021 Rebecca Roanhorse Black Sun [4]
TJ Klune The House in the Cerulean Sea
Colin O'Brady The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice - Crossing Antarctica Alone
Derf Backderf Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
Gretchen Anthony The Kids Are Gonna Ask
Stephen Graham Jones The Only Good Indians
Emily M. Danforth Plain Bad Heroines
Tochi Onyebuchi Riot Baby
Allie Brosh Solutions and Other Problems
Quan Barry We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel
2020 C.A. Fletcher A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World [5]
Temi Oh Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Angie Cruz Dominicana
Maia Kobabe Gender Queer: A Memoir
Tegan and Sara High School
AJ Dungo In Waves
Seanan McGuire Middlegame
Colson Whitehead The Nickel Boys
Casey McQuiston Red, White & Royal Blue
Lisa Lutz The Swallows
2019 P. Djèlí Clark The Black God’s Drums [1]
Meghan MacLean Weir The Book of Essie
Madeline Miller Circe
Tara Westover Educated: A Memoir
Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
Sam Graham-Felsen Green
David Small Home After Dark
N. K. Jemisin How Long 'til Black Future Month?
Jonathan Evison Lawn Boy
Naomi Novik Spinning Silver
2018 Martha Wells All Systems Red [6]
Daniel H. Wilson The Clockwork Dynasty
Seanan McGuire Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Eve L. Ewing Electric Arches
Melissa Fleming A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
Joey Comeau Malagash
Jeff Lemire Roughneck
Jordan Harper She Rides Shotgun
Tasha Kavanagh Things We Have in Common
Kat Howard An Unkindness of Magicians
2017 Sarah Beth Durst The Queen of Blood [7]
Manuel Gonzales The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
Hannah Hart Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Holly Jennings Arena
Seanan McGuire Every Heart a Doorway
Ryan North Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure
Rob Rufus Die Young with Me: A Memoir
Matt Simon The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar
Scott Stambach The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
2016 Ryan Gattis All Involved [8]
Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me
Camille DeAngelis Bones & All
David Wong Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Sara Nović Girl at War
Joe Abercrombie Half the World
Brandon Stanton Humans of New York: Stories
Liz Suburbia Sacred Heart
Dan-el Padilla Peralta Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
Keija Parssinen The Unraveling of Mercy Louis
2015 Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See [9]
Kate Racculia Bellweather Rhapsody
James A. Levine Bingo's Run
Kanae Minato Confessions
Celeste Ng Everything I Never Told You
John Scalzi Lock In
Andy Weir The Martian
Zak Ebrahim The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
Michael Koryta Those Who Wish Me Dead
John Darnielle Wolf in White Van
2014 Mark Slouka Brewster [10]
Lisa O’Donnell The Death of Bees
Abigail Tarttelin Golden Boy
John Searles Help for the Haunted
Max Barry Lexicon: A Novel
Wesley Chu Lives of Tao
Koren Zailckas Mother, Mother
Lucy Knisley Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Katja Millay The Sea of Tranquility
Gavin Extence The Universe Versus Alex Woods
2013 David Zimmerman Caring is Creepy [11]
Tupelo Hassman Girlchild
Richard Ross Juvenile in Justice
Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Derf Backderf My Friend Dahmer
Chris Ballard One Shot at Forever
Julianna Baggott Pure
Louise Erdrich The Round House
Carol Rifka Brunt Tell The Wolves I'm Home
Maria Semple Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
2012 Rachel DeWoskin Big Girl Small [12]
Jo Ann Beard In Zanesville
David Levithan The Lover's Dictionary
Brooke Hauser The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
Ernest Cline Ready Player One
Daniel H. Wilson Robopocalypse
Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones
Caroline Preston The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures
Roland Merullo The Talk-Funny Girl
2011 DC Pierson The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To [13]
Liz Murray Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
Jean Kwok Girl in Translation
Peter Bognanni The House of Tomorrow
Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist
Aimee Bender The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Matt Haig The Radleys
Alden Bell The Reapers Are the Angels
Emma Donoghue Room
Helen Grant The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
2010 William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope [14]
Meg Rosoff The Bride’s Farewell
Ron Currie Jr. Everything Matters!
David Finkel The Good Soldiers
Diana Welch and Liz Welch The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
Lev Grossman The Magicians
Peter Rock My Abandonment
Gail Carriger Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
David Small Stitches: A Memoir
Kevin Wilson Tunneling to the Center of the Earth
2009 David Benioff City of Thieves [15]
Michael Swanwick The Dragons of Babel
Zoë Ferraris Finding Nouf
Hannah Tinti The Good Thief
Stephen King Just After Sunset: Stories
Hillary Jordan Mudbound
Todd Tucker Over and Under
Stephen G. Bloom The Oxford Project
Toby Barlow Sharp Teeth
Theresa Rebeck Three Girls and Their Brother
2008 Matthew Polly American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China [16]
Matt Ruff Bad Monkeys
Jeff Lemire Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm
Conn Iggulden Genghis: Birth of an Empire
Aryn Kyle The God of Animals
Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Lloyd Jones Mister Pip
Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
Thomas Maltman The Night Birds
Lisa Lutz The Spellman Files
2007 John Connolly The Book of Lost Things [17]
Ivan Doig The Whistling Season
Michael D'Orso Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska
Sara Gruen Water for Elephants
Pamela Carter Joern Floor of the Sky
John Hamamura Color of the Sea
Michael Lewis The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
David Mitchell Black Swan Green
Ron Rash The World Made Straight
Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale
2006 Judy Fong Bates Midnight at the Dragon Café [18]
Kalisha Buckhanon Upstate
Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys
Gregory Galloway As Simple As Snow
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go
A. Lee Martinez Gil's All Fright Diner
Susan Palwick The Necessary Beggar
Nancy Rawles My Jim
Julia Scheeres Jesus Land: A Memoir
Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle: A Memoir
2005 Steve Almond Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America [19]
Lynne Cox Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
Brendan Halpin Donorboy
Robert Kurson Shadow Divers
Kent Meyers Work of Wolves
Ann Patchett Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper
Kit Reed Thinner Than Thou
Jim Shepard Project X
Robert Sullivan Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
2004 Amanda Davis Wonder When You'll Miss Me [20]
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife
ZZ Packer Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Mary Roach Stiff
Mark Salzman True Notebooks
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs
Bart Yates Leave Myself Behind
2003 Lynda Barry One! Hundred! Demons! [21]
Pat Conroy My Losing Season
Timothy Ferris Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
Mary Lawson Crow Lake
Brian Malloy The Year of Ice
Julie Otsuka When the Emperor was Divine
Ann Packer The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Martha Southgate The Fall of Rome
Joseph Weisberg 10th Grade
2002 Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague [22]
William Doyle An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi
David Anthony Durham Gabriel's Story
Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Boom-Time America
Leif Enger Peace Like a River
Kobie Kruger The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife
Donna Morrissey Kit's Law
Mel Odom The Rover
Vineeta Vijayaraghavan Motherland
Rebecca Walker Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self
2001 Darin Strauss Chang and Eng: A Novel [23]
Larry Colton Counting Coup
Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest
Alan Watt Diamond Dogs
James Bradley and Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers
Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring
Nathaniel Philbrick In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Ben Sherwood The Man Who Ate the 747
Gillian Bradshaw The Sand Reckoner
June Jordan Soldier: A Poet's Childhood
2000 David Breashears High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places [24]
Orson Scott Card Ender's Shadow
Breena Clarke River, Cross My Heart
Esmé Raji Codell Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
Jonathon Scott Fuqua The Reappearance of Sam Webber
Neil Gaiman Stardust
Linda Greenlaw The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
Elva Trevino Hart Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child
Kent Haruf Plainsong
Connie Porter Imani All Mine
1999 Caroline Alexander The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition [25]
James Finney Boylan Getting In
Andie Dominick Needles
John Gilstrap At All Costs
Jesse Lee Kercheval Space
Steve Kluger Last Days of Summer
Robert Silverberg Legends: Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy
Kim Stanley Robinson Antarctica
Esmeralda Santiago Almost a Woman
Danzy Senna Caucasia
1998 David Bodanis The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours inside the Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies [26]
Rick Bragg All Over but the Shoutin'
Rebecca Carroll Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America
Karin Cook What Girls Learn
Pete Hamill Snow in August
Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea
Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Velma Maia Thomas Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation
Dawn Turner Trice Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

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