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YALSA’s Alex Awards

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.
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. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

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      Once and For All

      by Sarah Dessen

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      2018 Top 10 Winner
      As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

      Strange the Dreamer

      by Laini Taylor

      May 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      2018 Top 10 Winner
      The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

      In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

      by Diane Guerrero

      Oct 2016

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2017 Winner
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      2017 Alex Awards Winner
      The star of Orange is the New Black presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country. List of resources. Black-and-white photographs.
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