The 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 Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
From madcap adventures to portraits of compelling characters and beautifully illustrated nonfiction titles, this year’s list has a book for every teen reader,” said Rachel McDonald, chair of the 2013 Alex Awards Committee.
In a world destroyed by nuclear detonations, only a privileged few have remained pure. Two teens from different sides of the Dome unite to search for answers to troubling questions about their origins.
|Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Brunt, Carol Rifka
June thought she knew everything about her beloved uncle, Finn. After his death from a mysterious new illness called AIDS, his grieving boyfriend delivers Finn's favorite teapot to June's door, and she realizes nothing is what she thought it was: not her family, not her uncle, not even herself.
|The Round House
An attack on 13-year-old Joe's mother near their North Dakota Ojibwe reservation home leads him and his friends on a quest to solve the crime. This coming-of-age story highlights friendship, family, tradition, and the uneasy relationship between the tribal and white communities.
|Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Through a series of emails, letters, and FBI files, Bee follows the trail of her missing mother to the ends of the earth in this quirky, laugh-out-loud tale.
|Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Clay Johnson loses his web-designer job and begins working the night shift in a bookstore with only a few customers. This marvelous mashup blends mystery, adventure, and romance into a literary and technological tale.