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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

Millay, Katja.
FIC MILLAY

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



Relish : my life in the kitchen book Relish : my life in the kitchen

Knisley, Lucy, aut, art.
BIO KNISLEY KNISLEY

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



The universe versus Alex Woods book The universe versus Alex Woods

Extence, Gavin, 1982-
FIC EXTENCE

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



Golden boy : a novel book Golden boy : a novel

Tarttelin, Abigail, 1987-
FIC TARTTEL

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



Help for the haunted book Help for the haunted

Searles, John, author.
FIC SEARLES

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



The lives of Tao book The lives of Tao

Chu, Wesley.
FIC CHU

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



Mother, mother : a novel book Mother, mother : a novel

Zailckas, Koren.
FIC ZAILCKA

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



The death of bees : a novel book The death of bees : a novel

O'Donnell, Lisa, 1972-
FIC ODONNEL

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



Lexicon book Lexicon

Barry, Max, 1973-
FIC BARRY

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



Brewster : a novel book Brewster : a novel

Slouka, Mark.
FIC SLOUKA

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



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