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Alex Award


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.

2018 Alex Award Winners

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea : One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
by  Melissa (Communication director) Fleming
A childhood in Syria -- The war begins -- The siege of Daraa -- Life as a refugee -- Love in exile -- The engagement -- Deal with the devil -- The nightmare begins -- All that is left is the sea -- Rescue at the dying hour.
All Systems Red
by  Martha Wells
A murderous android discovers itself.
An Unkindness of Magicians
by  Kat Howard
In a fantasy-world New York where everything is controlled by magic energies that are fading away for mysterious reasons, a rare magician with unmatched powers and unique awareness of what is happening resolves to destroy the system she unwillingly supports.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
by Seanan McGuire
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices. The sequel to Every Heart a Doorway.
Electric Arches
by  Eve L Ewing
True stories. Secret decoder ring -- Arrival day -- The first time [a re-telling] -- The device -- Artifacts -- Four boys on Ellis [a re-telling] -- Sestina with Matthew Henson's fur suit -- True stories about Koko Taylor -- From A Map Home -- Another time [a re-telling] -- Note from LeBron James to LeBron James -- Excerpts from an Interview with Metta World Peace, a.k.a. Ron Artest, a.k.a. the Panda's friend -- How I arrived -- Oil and water. Shea butter manifesto -- Appletree -- I thought it was a spider -- What I mean when I say I'm sharpening your oyster knife -- To Stacey, as you were -- Why you cannot touch my hair -- Ode to Luster's Pink Oil -- One thousand and one ways to touch your own face -- To the notebook kid -- Thursday morning, Newbury Street -- Letters from the flatlands. On Prince -- Origin story -- Sonnet -- Chicago is a chorus of barking dogs -- Montage in a car -- The discount megamall (in memoriam) -- I come from the fire city -- Hood run: a poem in five acts -- One good time for Marilyn Mosby -- Columbus Hospital -- Ekphrasis, parts II-V -- What I talk about when I talk about Black Jesus -- At work with my father -- Fullerton Avenue -- Tuesday -- Requiem for fifth period and the things that went on then -- Untitled anti-elegy -- Affirmation.
by  Joey Comeau
Sunday's father is dying of cancer. They've come home to Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, so he can die where he grew up. Her mother and her brother are both devastated. But devastated isn't good enough. Devastated doesn't fix anything. Sunday has a plan. She's started recording everything her father says. His boring stories. His stupid jokes. Everything. She's recording every single "I love you" right alongside every "Could we turn the heat up in here?" It's all important. Because Sunday is writing a computer virus. A computer virus that will live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. A computer virus that will think her father's thoughts and say her father's words. She has thousands of lines of code to write. Cryptography to understand. Exploits to test. She doesn't have time to be sad. Her father is going to live forever.
by  Jeff Lemire
Derek Ouelette's glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident on ice, and since then he's been living off his reputation in the remote northern community where he grew up, drinking too much and fighting anyone who crosses him. But he never counts on his long-lost sister, Beth, showing up one day out of the blue, back in town and on the run from an abusive boyfriend.
She Rides Shotgun
by  Jordan Harper
When enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on his head and target his family, Nate McClusky takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death.
The Clockwork Dynasty : A Novel
by  Daniel H. (Daniel Howard) Wilson
In the rugged landscape of eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact--a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day.
Things We Have in Common
by  Tasha Kavanagh
Yasmin, a high school misfit who desperately wants to fit in, notices a strange, sinister-looking man stalking Alice, the most popular girl in the school. Yasmin develops a relationship with him despite her resolution to use him to become a hero.