Recent winners of the Alex Award, which is given to books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 to 18. (2014)

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Pure
Julianna Baggott

Pure series
SF BAGGOTT

In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a “Pure” dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.


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Lexicon
Max Barry

BARRY

Emily Ruff belongs to a secretive, influential organization whose “poets” can break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. Then she makes a catastrophic mistake and falls in love with Wil Jamieson who holds the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets. In order to survive, Wil must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, as the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless.


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Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Carol Rifka Brunt

BRUNT

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life-someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart. At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.


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Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

SF CLINE

Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future—the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.


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The Round House
Louise Erdrich

ERDRICH

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.


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The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Gavin Extence

EXTENCE

The son of a fortune teller, who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, befriends a grumpy old widower and proves his friendship by getting stopped at the border by customs with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes.


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Girlchild
Tupelo Hassman

HASSMAN

Obsessively following the edicts of the Girl Scouts Handbook in spite of her lack of a troop, young Rory longs to escape the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother.


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The Lover's Dictionar
David Levithan

LEVITHAN

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.


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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

SF MORGENSTERN

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.


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The Death of Bees
Lisa O'Donnell

O’DONNELL

Trying to keep the death of their parents a secret, Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow’s Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something is not right.


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Help for the Haunted
John Searles

SEARLES

Struggling with the loss of her parents, who helped haunted souls find peace, Sylvie Mason pursues the mystery, moving closer to the truth of what happened that night as she comes to terms with her family’s past.


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple

SEMPLE

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.


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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore series
SLOAN

After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.


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Brewster
Mark Slouka

SLOUKA

Still reeling from the death of his older brother, a sixteen-year-old track star befriends a stree-fighting rebel and together they search for redemption amidst the social changes of 1968.


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Salvage the Bones
Jesmyn Ward

WARD

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.


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Robopocalypse
Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse series
SF WILSON

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.


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Mother, Mother
Koren Zailckas

ZAILCKAS

The disturbing fate of a runaway older sister is gradually revealed in a tale told from the perspectives of the Hurst family, including a teen girl whose hallucinogen use has landed her in a mental ward, an autistic youth who is regressing into his own world, a workaholic and alcoholic father and an insidiously manipulative mother.


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Juvenile In Justice
Richard Ross

SOCSCI ROS

Award winning photographer Richard Ross spent over 5 years speaking with 1,000 youth confined in more than 200 juvenile detention facilities in 31 states. This book presents photos and stories of imprisoned children in the United States.


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One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season
Chris Ballard

SPORTS BASEBALL BAL

Recounts the journey of hippie, dreamer, and intellectual Lynn Sweet, who arrived in Macon, Illinois, in 1966 and became the reluctant coach of the high school baseball team, leading the Macon Ironmen through an improbable season to the state final.


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