ALEX Awards 2013

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.

purePure
Baggott, Julianna
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.
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wolvesTell 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.
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roundhouseThe Round House
Erdrich, Louise
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.
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bernadetteWhere'd You Go, Bernadette?
Semple, Marie
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.
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penumbraMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Sloan, Robin
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.
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