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The Alex Awards Committee Seeks Field Suggestions

2013 September 16
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yalsa logoThe Alex Awards committee is seeking field suggestions for the 2014 list.

The Alex Awards are given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. This list can include any adult book (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel and poetry) published in 2013. The majority of our submissions come from publishers and committee members, but we don’t want to miss any great titles (especially graphic novels, poerty, and nonfiction) so we are counting on you to fill in the gaps.

Please let us know what you think we should be reading, by submitting field suggestions through our online form.

What are we looking for? Books that have teen appeal. Help us find the next Ready Player One, My Friend Dahmer, or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Teen appeal can include (and is not limited to) books with teen or younger characters, hot topics, and alternative ways of storytelling (letters and photographs, prose, illustrations and art). Examples of these include Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston or David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary.

To find out more about we consider when deciding what makes an Alex book, take a look at our Policies and Procedures.

-Danielle Dreger-Babbitt, YALSA Alex Award 2013-2014 Chair

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2 Responses
  1. Cordelia Jensen permalink
    September 17, 2013

    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Because the relationships the characters make as teens have a lifelong, lasting impact and affect their everyday lives.

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