It’s a happy day when a reader finds a book they love. As soon as the book is closed, the instinct to reconnect kicks in, and the search is on for other books the author has written. Sometimes this leads to a rich vein of titles; other times the investigation leads to a brand new author. And sometimes the author becomes a long-time literary companion, a partner in creating the inner discoveries of a life.
The Alex Award winners play a unique role in this discovery of favored authors. In the vast universe of adult reading, these books beckon specifically to teen readers. Now that there are 150 books that have received the Alex Award, there are ample choices in a variety of genres, formats, and narrative styles.
Take Jon Krakauer, for example. As a journalist for Outside magazine, Krakauer was part of an expedition to climb Mount Everest in 1996. When a freak blizzard hit the mountain, Krakauer and fellow expeditioners were caught in a horrific struggle to survive. His first-person account, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, “will grab YA readers from the very first page,” the award committee said.
Hooked by Krakauer’s balance of detail and suspense, teens will discover his first book, Into the Wild. Continue reading Let Alex Introduce Your Next Favorite Author!