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.

2023 Alex Award Winners

A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting
by  Sophie Irwin
Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband with his own fortune. Left with her father's massive debts, Kitty has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin. Kitty has never been one to back down from a challenge, so she leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season. Kitty may be neither accomplished nor genteel, but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game. The only thing Kitty doesn't anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter she is and is determined to scotch her plans until their parrying takes a different turn.
Babel, or the Necessity of Violence : An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution
by  R. F. (Rebecca F.) Kuang
Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he'll enroll in Oxford University's prestigious Royal Institute of Translation--also known as Babel. Babel is the world's center for translation and, more importantly, magic. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide: Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?
Chef's Kiss
by  Jarrett Melendez
Now that college is over, English graduate Ben Cook is on the job hunt, looking for something (anything) related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns getting the dream job won't be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Copywriting? Not enough experience. He doesn't even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben stumbles upon a Now Hiring--No Experience Necessary sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job in the meantime. He's not so bad in the kitchen, but he will have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he's got the culinary skills to stay on full-time. But it's only temporary, right? When Ben begins developing a crush on Liam, one of the other super dreamy chefs at the restaurant, and when he starts ditching his old college friends and his old writing job plans, his career path becomes much less clear.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess : A Novel
by  Sue Lynn Tan
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware she is hiding from the feared Celestial Emperor, who exiled her mother for stealing the elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin's magic flares, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind. Xingyin embarks on a quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies to save her mother. However, when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream - striking a dangerous bargain in which she must choose between losing all she loves and plunging the realm into chaos.
I'm Glad My Mom Died
by  Jennette McCurdy
In this heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy shares her struggles as a former child actor--including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother--and how she retook control of her life.
Solito : A Memoir
by  Javier Zamora
Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago--'one day, you'll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure.' Javier's adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Javier's trip is supposed to last two short weeks. At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents' arms, snuggling in bed between them, and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him, nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family.
The High Desert
by  James Spooner
A formative coming-of-age graphic memoir by the creator of Afro-punk explores a young man's immersive reckoning with identity, racism, clumsy teen love and belonging in an isolated California desert, and a search for salvation and community through punk.
The Kaiju Preservation Society
by John Scalzi
When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is until Jamie delivers to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls an animal rights organization. Tom's team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on. Tom doesn't tell Jamie that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension are massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju, roaming a warm and human-free world. They're the universe's largest and most dangerous panda, and they're in trouble. It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that found its way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.
True Biz : A Novel
by  Sara Novi?
This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they'll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who's never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school's golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the headmistress, who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both at the same time. As a series of personal and political crises threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another and forever changed.
Wash Day Diaries / Written by Jamila Rowser ; Art by Robyn Smith ; Colors by Robyn Smith, Bex Glendining and Kazimir Lee.
by  Jamila Rowser
This graphic novel is a love letter to the beauty and resilience of Black women, their hair, and their friendships.