Monday, February 9, 2015

Alex Awards--adult books with teen appeal!

Never heard of them? Here's a short explanation...

The Alex Awards are given to 10 books that were written for adults but may have special appeal to teens. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

The Alex Awards are named after Margaret A. Edwards, the first teen librarian ever, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

Here is the list for 2015, several of which have been previously reviewed on the main BPL blog:


All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
Bingo’s Run, by James A. Levine
Confessions, by Kanae Minato
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
Lock In, by John Scalzi
The Martian, by Andy Weir
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle

Those of you whose tastes in fiction are becoming more sophisticated and who are starting to jump from YA to adult fiction might consider these (and previous Alex award-winners) as a great starting point! You can find lists from previous years here. We have read and liked other, previous years' Alex winners in book club, including:

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

And we're reading one from 2013 in 10-12 Book Club in March: Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt!

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