This past Monday at the Youth Media Awards, the 2013 Alex Awards were announced. The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teens, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from books published the previous year.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.
I've been on the Alex Awards for two years and selecting the winners is always a great joy. It also means I read 250+ adult books a year. This year's list is as eclectic as ever. “From madcap adventures to portraits of compelling characters and beautifully illustrated nonfiction titles, this year's list has a book for every teen reader,” said Rachel McDonald, chair of the 2013 Alex Awards Committee.
Have you read any of these? What was your favorite? Do you agree with the list?