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YALSA's 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.

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AWARD WINNERS: Alex Award Winners

YALSA's 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 Sea of Tranquility : a novel book The Sea of Tranquility : a novel
Nastya has barely survived a brutal attack. Josh has lost his entire family. The two isolated teens are drawn together as they deal with their emotional and physical damage.

2014

Millay, Katja.
FIC MILLAY

Relish : my life in the kitchen book Relish : my life in the kitchen
This poignant graphic novel is a wonderful journey of cartoonist Lucy Knisley’s transition from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood, framed by the food that shaped her worldview. Through colorful vignettes she tackles complex issues with humor and unique family recipes.

2014

Knisley, Lucy, aut, art.
BIO KNISLEY KNISLEY

The universe versus Alex Woods book The universe versus Alex Woods
It all begins when Alex is hit in the head by a meteorite and it all ends when he is arrested trying to re-enter England with several grams of marijuana, lots of cash, and the ashes of Mr. Peterson.

2014

Extence, Gavin, 1982-
FIC EXTENCE

Golden boy : a novel book Golden boy : a novel
Max, an intersex teen, is confused about who he is and who he is meant to be. After one shattering night, he is faced with a choice that no boy should ever have to make.

2014

Tarttelin, Abigail, 1987-
FIC TARTTEL

Help for the haunted book Help for the haunted
Sylvie has been dealing with taunting classmates, her erratic older sister and the unsolved murder of her ghost-hunting parents. But perhaps more problematic are the cursed remnants of her parents’ work still lingering in the basement.

2014

Searles, John, author.
FIC SEARLES

The lives of Tao book The lives of Tao
Couch potato Roen Tan becomes host to the alien Tao who has lived millennia inside some of the most famous people in history. With Tao on board, Roen enters a war to save mankind.

2014

Chu, Wesley.
FIC CHU

Mother, mother : a novel book Mother, mother : a novel
Why did Rose run away? Did Violet really stab her little brother? Is her alcoholic father really having an affair? In this chilling novel about family dysfunction, does mother really know best?

2014

Zailckas, Koren.
FIC ZAILCKA

The death of bees : a novel book The death of bees : a novel
With their parents dead and buried in the backyard, Scottish teens Marnie and Nelly are finally free from a childhood wracked with abuse. If only the neighbor’s dog would quit digging in the garden.

2014

O'Donnell, Lisa, 1972-
FIC ODONNEL

Lexicon book Lexicon
In this fast-paced, cutthroat story, words are weapons and poets are the ones who wield the swords. Teen prodigy Emily may be the finest poet ever until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.

2014

Barry, Max, 1973-
FIC BARRY

Brewster : a novel book Brewster : a novel
Feeling stifled and powerless, high school friends Ray Cappicciano and Jon Mosher yearn for change and plan for freedom from their blue-collar town and dysfunctional homes, even while knowing they can never truly escape.

2014

Slouka, Mark.
FIC SLOUKA

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