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Alex Award

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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.

2017 Alex Award Winners

Arena
by Holly Jennings
Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
by Hannah Hart
Hart's memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.
Die Young with Me: A Memoir
by Rob Rufus
A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.
Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
by Diane and Michelle Burford Guerrero
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure
by Ryan North
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you've ever experienced. Romance isn't dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren't either.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
by Scott Stambach
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children's hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take "star-crossed lovers" to a whole new level.
The Queen of Blood
by Sarah Beth Durst
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.
The Regional Office is Under Attack!
by Manuel Gonzales
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar
by Matt Simon
Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.