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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.


All the light we cannot see : a novel book All the light we cannot see : a novel

Doerr, Anthony, 1973-
FIC DOERR

A blind Parisian girl and an orphaned German boy conscripted by the Nazis for his radio skills meet in the chaos of the American bombing of a French coastal resort.

2015



The Martian : a novel book The Martian : a novel

Weir, Andy.
FIC WEIR

Marooned on Mars after a tragic accident, astronaut Mark Watney’s supplies are running low and he has no way to signal Earth. Fortunately Mark can grow space potatoes and has a bold plan to escape the Red Planet.

2015



The terrorist's son : a story of choice book The terrorist's son : a story of choice

Ebrahim, Zak, 1983- author.
303.625 EBRAHIM

This true account of Zak Ebrahim, whose father was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is a powerful book about tolerance and choice.

2015



Those who wish me dead book Those who wish me dead

Koryta, Michael, author.
FIC KORYTA

On the day Jace conquers the highest jump of the quarry, he discovers a murder victim and begins to run for his life.

2015



Wolf in white van book Wolf in white van

Darnielle, John.
FIC DARNIEL

After his face is destroyed, Sean manages to carve out a life for himself as a designer of virtual role-playing games. When two teens take the game too far, Sean is forced to relive all his moves

2015



Bellweather rhapsody book Bellweather rhapsody

Racculia, Kate, author.
FIC RACCULI

High-school students gather at the isolated Bellweather Hotel for a statewide music festival only to be trapped by a blizzard with an arrogant fingerless conductor, drunken chaperones, a missing corpse, and perhaps the ghosts of long-dead newlyweds.

2015



Bingo's run : a novel book Bingo's run : a novel

Levine, James, 1963-
FIC LEVINE

The ultimate hustler, Bingo uses his brains and charm to run drugs in a Kenyan slum, but after witnessing a murder he finds himself an art dealer, an adoptee, and someone caught in a dangerous moral dilemma.

2015



Confessions : a novel book Confessions : a novel

Minato, Kanae, 1973-
FIC MINATO

Japanese teacher Yuko knows two middle-school students killed her daughter, and nothing in their explanations of why and how will stop her revenge.

2015



Everything I never told you book Everything I never told you

Ng, Celeste.
FIC NG

Lydia is dead. Is it murder? Suicide? As her family grieves for their perfect teen, they learn how little they really knew Lydia and how many secrets died with her.

2015



Lock in book Lock in

Scalzi, John, 1969-
FIC SCALZI

A virus leaves millions as “Hadens”—locked in and fully aware, but unable to move or speak except when linked to androids. Chris is one of them, working as a rookie FBI agent hunting a murderer who is targeting Hadens.

2015



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