The American Library Association announced award winners for the best in books, video and audio books for children and young adults at the annual Youth Media Awards. Among the long list of awards is the Alex Award which is given to the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. As an avid reader of young adult fiction, I love the crossover of teens reading adult fiction. This years picks were mix of fiction, science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Here’s a quick list in the catalog of this year's winners, as well as a long list of all Alex winners since 2002.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – The author writes to his 15-year-old son about the inborn hazards of being black in America and his own intellectual, political and emotional confrontation with the need to live fully, even in the face of racialist culture.
Futuristic violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong – Zoey never had much ambition beyond being a barista, but when her father leaves her in control of the lawless city of Tabla Ra$a, she goes from steaming milk to slaying supervillains.
Girl at War by Sara Nović – Ana's early life was ravaged by the 1991 Balkan wars. Now a college student, Ana relives her war and its consequences as she unravels the mystery of herself and the meaning of home.
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie – A bloodthirsty girl and a reluctant warrior are recruited by a cunning minister for a mission that will either save or doom their kingdom.
All Involved by Ryan Gattis – Historical fiction set in 1992 during the LA riots that vividly recreates this turbulent and terrifying time through the stories of six interconnected lives caught up in extraordinary circumstances.
Bones & All By Camille DeAngelis – 16 year old Maren literally eats the ones who love her, bones and all. When her mother abandons her, Maren sets out to find the father she has never met, hoping he can help her understand why she is a monster.
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen – A high school basketball star lives under the thumb of her grandmother, a fierce believer in Y2K as the apocalypse. The year 1999 alters Mercy’s life in a small Texas refinery town and gives her a future beyond it.
Humans of New York, Stories by Brandon Stanton – In pictures and interviews that captivate, puzzle and reveal, photojournalist collects an immeasurable range of human emotions and perspectives.
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta – Overstaying his visa in the U.S. before he was in kindergarten, Padilla Peralta joined other young DREAM Act scholars to erase his illegal status. His humor, wisdom, success and very American boyhood smash anti-immigration stereotypes.
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia – Adults have disappeared, and Ben Schiller is trying to keep things together until their return in this unsettling graphic novel.