Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.

2013 Winners

Caring is Creepy by David ZimmermanCaring is Creepy
Zimmerman, David
Fifteen-year-old Lynn suspects that her mother's pill-popping boyfriend has enlisted her in his petty criminal enterprises placing her in squarely in the cross-hairs of violent threats.
Girlchild by Tupelo HassmanGirlchild
Hassman, Tupelo
With only a worn copy of the Girl Scout Handbook for reference, resourceful and tenacious Rory Hendrix must navigate the depressing landscape of a 1970s trailer park where she suffers abuse at the hands of a neighbor and neglect from her mother.
Juvenile in Justice by Richard RossJuvenile in Justice
Ross, Richard
Richard Ross' riveting photographs give voices to incarcerated youth in juvenile detention centers across America.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin SloanMr. 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.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf BackderfMy Friend Dahmer
Backderf, Derf
Written by a former classmate of Jeffery Dahmer, this graphic novel illustrates the teenage years of a future serial killer.
One Shot at Forever by Chris BallardOne Shot at Forever
Ballard, Chris
This remarkable story follows the Macon Ironmen, a team of misfits with a hippie coach, through a record-setting baseball season.
Pure by Juliana BaggotPure
Baggot, Juliana
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.
The Round House by Louise ErdrichThe 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.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol BruntTell the Wolves I'm Home
Brunt, Carol
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.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria SempleWhere'd You Go, Bernadette?
Semple, Maria
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.