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Alex Award - Fiction
Since 1998 the American Library Association (ALA) has picked the top 10 adult books for teens. Here's a selection.
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  Cover Art: Pure Baggott, Julianna.
Pure
In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll's head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a "Pure" dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.[2013 winner]
434 p. 2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Lexicon Barry, Max
Lexicon
Emily Ruff belongs to a secretive, influential organization whose "poets" can break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. Then she makes a catastrophic mistake and falls in love with Wil Jamieson who holds the key to a secret war between rival factions of "poets."[2014 winner]
390 pages 2013
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: In Zanesville: a Novel Beard, Jo Ann
In Zanesville: a Novel
The beguiling fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer. She is used to flying under the radar--a sidekick, a third wheel, a marching band dropout. Luckily, she has a best friend, a similarly undiscovered girl with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged. [2012 Winner]
289 p. 2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Reapers Are the Angels: a Novel Bell, Alden
The Reapers Are the Angels: a Novel
Zombies have infested a fallen America, and a young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, she moves back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond--seeking salvation and a place to make a home. [2011 Winner]
225 p. 2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: a Novel Bender, Aimee
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: a Novel
Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern. [2011 Winner]
292 p. 2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: City of Thieves: a Novel Benioff, David
City of Thieves: a Novel
In a 1941 Leningrad prison Lev and Kolya are given a chance at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. [2009 Winner]
258 p. 2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The House of Tomorrow Bognanni, Peter
The House of Tomorrow
Wholly original, "The House of Tomorrow" is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard. [2011 Winner]
354 p. 2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Year of Wonders : a Novel of the Plague Brooks, Geraldine
Year of Wonders : a Novel of the Plague
In 1666, a young woman comes of age during an extraordinary year of love and death. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a "plague village" in the rugged hill country of England, "Year of Wonders" is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history, written by the author of "Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women." [2002 Winner]
308 p. 2001
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Tell the Wolves I'm Home : a Novel Brunt, Carol Rifka
Tell the Wolves I'm Home : a Novel
In this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them.[2013 winner]
360 p. 2012
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Ender's Shadow Card, Orson Scott
Ender's Shadow
An urchin is picked off the street by a nun and sent to war school to become a brilliant space-war strategist. He is Bean, so called because of his diminutive stature, the result of an illegal genetic experiment. [2000 Winner]
379 p. 1999
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Soulless Carriger, Gail
Soulless
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. [2010 Winner]
373 p. 2009
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Girl with a Pearl Earring Chevalier, Tracy
Girl with a Pearl Earring
A maid becomes a model for the 17th century Dutch painter, Vermeer. The woman, an artisan's daughter with a strong power of observation, describes his manner of work, his household and life of the day, including the rigid class system and religious bigotry. A debut in fiction. [2001 Winner]
233 p. 1999
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lives of Tao Chu, Wesley
The Lives of Tao
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn't. He now has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans.[2014 Winner]
460 p. 2013
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Ready Player One: a Novel Cline, Ernest
Ready Player One: a Novel
In the not-so-distant future, the world has turned into a very bleak place. Luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world people plug into to play, go to school, earn money, and make friends. When James Halliday, the founder of OASIS, dies, he leaves behind a spectacular virtual treasure hunt that takes protagonist Wade Watts deep into OASIS in search of his fortune. [2012 Winner]
374 p. 2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Book of Lost Things Connolly, John
The Book of Lost Things
Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David's reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home. [2007 Winner]
339 p. 2006
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: My Friend Dahmer : a Graphic Novel Derf
My Friend Dahmer : a Graphic Novel
In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In this haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates.[2013 winner]
221 p. 2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Big Girl Small DeWoskin, Rachel
Big Girl Small
With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, Judy should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound. [2012 Winner]
294 p. 2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Whistling Season Doig, Ivan
The Whistling Season
In 1909, struggling to farm his remote homestead and raise three sons, widower Oliver Milliron despreately needs help. A housekeeper's ad in a Milwaukee newspaper, "Can't cook but doesn't bite," leads him to hire her site unseen. When perky Rose Llewellyn arrives, she brings her brainy brother, Morris...these two newcomers conceal a past that is colorful and infamous. [2007 Winner]
345 p. 2006
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Room: a Novel Donoghue, Emma
Room: a Novel
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape. [2011 Winner]
321 p. 2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Peace Like a River Enger, Leif
Peace Like a River
Enger tells the story of 11-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. [2002 Winner]
313 p. 2001
Adult Fiction Book
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