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Alex Award Winners


The Alex Awards have been given annually since 1998, to ten adult books that will be enjoyed by young adults, ages twelve through eighteen. The titles are selected the by Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards are sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

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Year Title Author
2016 All Involved Ryan Gattis
  Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
  Bones & All Camille DeAngelis
  Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits David Wong
  Girl at War Sara Nović
  Half the World Joe Abercrombie
  Humans of New York: Stories Brandon Stanton
  Sacred Heart Liz Suburbia
  Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  The Unraveling of Mercy Louis Keija Parssinen
2015 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
  Bellweather Rhapsody Kate Racculia
  Bingo’s Run James A. Levine
  Confessions Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder
  Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
  Lock In John Scalzi
  The Martian Andy Weir
  The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
  Those Who Wish Me Dead Michael Koryta
  Wolf in White Van John Darnielle
2014 Brewster Mark Slouka
  The Death of Bees Lisa O’Donnell
  Golden boy: A Novel Abigail Tarttelin
  Help for the Haunted John Searles
  Lexicon: A Novel Max Barry
  Lives of Tao Wesley Chu
  Mother, Mother: A Novel Koren Zailckas
  Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Lucy Knisley
  The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel Katja Millay
  The Universe Versus Alex Woods Gavin Extence
2013 Caring is Creepy David Zimmerman
  Girlchild Tupelo Hassman
  Juvenile in Justice Richard Ross
  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
  My Friend Dahmer Derf Backderf
  One Shot at Forever Chris Ballard
  Pure Julianna Baggott
  The Round House Louise Erdrich
  Tell the Wolves I'm Home Carol Rifka Brunt
  Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple
2012 Big Girl Small Rachel DeWoskin
  In Zanesville Jo Ann Beard
  The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel David Levithan
  The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens Brooke Hauser
  The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
  Ready Player One: A Novel Ernest Cline
  Robopocalypse Daniel H. Wilson
  Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward
  The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures Caroline Preston
  The Talk-Funny Girl Roland Merullo
2011 The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To DC Pierson
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Liz Murray
Girl in Translation Jean Kwok
The House of Tomorrow Peter Bognanni
The Lock Artist Steve Hamilton
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel Aimee Bender
The Radleys Matt Haig
The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel Alden Bell
Room: A Novel Emma Donoghue
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel Helen Grant
2010 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
The Bride’s Farewell Meg Rosoff
Everything Matters! Ron Currie, Jr.
The Good Soldiers David Finkel
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch
The Magicians Lev Grossman
My Abandonment Peter Rock
Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel Gail Carriger
Stitches: A Memoir David Small
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth Kevin Wilson
2009 City of Thieves David Benioff
  The Dragons of Babel Michael Swanwick
  Finding Nouf Zoë Ferraris
  The Good Thief Hannah Tinti
  Just After Sunset: Stories Stephen King
  Mudbound Hillary Jordan
  Over and Under Todd Tucker
  The Oxford Project Stephen G. Bloom
  Sharp Teeth Toby Barlow
  Three Girls and Their Brother Theresa Rebeck
2008 The Book of Lost Things John Connolly
  American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch; An Odyssey in the New China Matthew Polly
  Bad Monkeys Matt Ruff
  Genghis: Birth of an Empire Conn Iggulden
  The God of Animals Aryn Kyle
  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
  Mister Pip Lloyd Jones
  The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss
  The Night Birds Thomas Maltman
  The Spellman Files Lisa Lutz
  Tales from the Farm: Essex County, v.1 Jeff Lemire
2007 The Book of Lost Things John Connolly
  Color of the Sea John Hamamura
  The Whistling Season Ivan Doig
  The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Michael Lewis
  Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska Michael D'Orso
  Black Swan Green David Mitchell
  Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
  The World Made Straight Ron Rash
  Floor of the Sky Pamela Carter Joern
  The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield
2006 Midnight at the Dragon Cafe Judy Fong Bates
  Gil's All Fright Diner A. Lee Martinez
  Upstate Kalisha Buckhanon
  The Necessary Beggar Susan Palwick
  Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman
  My Jim Nancy Rawles
  As Simple As Snow Gregory Galloway
  Jesus Land: A Memoir Julia Scheeres
  Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
  The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeanette Walls
2005 Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America Steve Almond
  Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer Lynn Cox
  Donorboy Brendan Halpin
  Shadow Divers Robert Kurson
  Work of Wolves Kent Meyers
  Truth and Beauty: A Friendship Ann Patchett
  My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult
  Thinner Than Thou Kit Reed
  Project X Jim Shepard
  Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants Robert Sullivan
2004 Wonder When You'll Miss Me Amanda Davis
  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
  The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Z.Z. Packer
  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Mary Roach
  True Notebooks Mark Salzman
  Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
  Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear
  Leave Myself Behind Bart Yates
2003 One Hundred Demons Lynda Barry
  My Losing Season Pat Conroy
  Seeing in the Dark Timothy Ferris
  The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
  Crow Lake Mary Lawson
  The Year of Ice Brian Malloy
  When the Emperor Was Divine Julie Otsuka
  The Dive from Clausen's Pier Ann Packer
  The Fall of Rome Martha Southgate
  10th Grade Joseph Weisberg
2002 Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks
  An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi William Doyle
  Gabriel's Story David Anthony Durham
  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich
  Peace Like a River Leif Enger
  The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife Kobie Kruger
  Kit's Law Donna Morrissey
  The Rover Mel Odom
  Motherland Vineeta Vijayaraghavan
  Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self Rebecca Walker
2001 Chang and Eng Darin Strauss
  Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn Larry Colton
  Daughter of the Forest Juliet Marillier
  Diamond Dogs Alan Watt
  Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley and Ron Powers
  The Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
  In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Nathaniel Philbrick
  The Man Who Ate the 747 Ben Sherwood
  The Sand Reckoner Gillian Bradshaw
  Soldier: A Poet's Childhood June Jordan
2000 High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places David Breahears
  Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card
  River, Cross My Heart Breena Clarke
  Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Esme Raji Codell
  The Reappearance of Sam Webber Jonathon Scott Fuqua
  Stardust Neil Gaiman
  The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey Linda Greenlaw
  Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child Elva Trevino Hart
  Plainsong Kent Haruf
  Imani All Mine Connie Porter
1999 The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition Caroline Alexander
  Getting In James Boylan
  Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up with Diabetes Andie Dominick
  At All Costs John Gilstrap
  Space: A Memoir Jesse Lee Kercheval
  Last Days of Summer Steve Kluger
  Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy Robert Silverberg, editor
  Antarctica Kim Stanley Robinson
  Almost a Woman Esmeralda Santiago
  Caucasia Danzy Senna
1998 The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours inside the Mysterious World of Our Minds and Bodies David Bodanis
  All Over But the Shoutin' Rick Bragg
  Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America Rebecca Carroll
  What Girls Learn Karin Cook
  Snow in August Pete Hamill
  The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger
  Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Jon Krakauer
  Lest We Forget Velma Maia Thomas
  Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven Dawn Trice
  To Say Nothing of the Dog; or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump At Last Connie Willis