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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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In Zanesville : a novel book In Zanesville : a novel

Beard, Jo Ann.

Jo Ann Beard shows readers that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant. 2012

The lover's dictionary book The lover's dictionary

Levithan, David.

A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship. 2012

The new kids : big dreams and brave journeys at a high school for immigrant teens book The new kids : big dreams and brave journeys at a high school for immigrant teens

Hauser, Brooke.
373.18 HAUSER

Freelance writer Hauser tracks the staff and students at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y., providing their personal histories as well as their day-to-day experiences. 2012

Salvage the bones : a novel book Salvage the bones : a novel

Ward, Jesmyn.

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups. 2012

Robopocalypse : a novel book Robopocalypse : a novel

Wilson, Daniel H. (Daniel Howard), 1978-

Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers. 2012

The night circus : a novel book The night circus : a novel

Morgenstern, Erin.

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways. 2012

Ready player one book Ready player one

Cline, Ernest.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-- part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed. 2012

Talk funny girl : a novel book Talk funny girl : a novel

Merullo, Roland.

Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills. 2012

The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures book The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures

Preston, Caroline.

For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love. 2012

The boy who couldn't sleep and never had to :   a novel book The boy who couldn't sleep and never had to : a novel

Pierson, D. C.

Fifteen-year-old Darren, a social misfit who spends his time at school trying not to be noticed while drawing characters for a planned film series and book tie-ins, befriends Eric, another outcast who reveals that he never sleeps. 2011.

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