2009 Alex Awards

Submitted by teenspace on July 27, 2009 - 4:48pm

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) gives the Alex Award to ten books that are published for adults that teens will enjoy too. These books could be fiction or nonfiction.
Did you read any of titles? Let us know what you think!

City of Thieves by David Benioff

"Two teenage boys encounter cannibals, murderers, prostitutes, and assassins as they struggle to complete an impossible tash during the freezing Siege of Leningrad in this funny, shocking, and briskly written tome."

The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick

"In this original steampunk fantasy, young Will embarks on a quest that takes him to the dizzying heights and gritty depths of the postindustrial world of Babel."

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

"After a 16-year-old girl from a wealthy Saudi family is found dead in the middle of the desert, a devout Muslim guide and a young medical examiner seek to unravel the mystery while facing the sanctions of Middle Eastern society."

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

"In this suspenseful and unpredictable adventure, Ren, a one-handed eighteenth-century orphan, becomes apprenticed to a con man.  Surprisingly, Ren seems born to it."

Just After Sunset:  stories by Stephen King

"Modern terrors abound-a porta-potty prison, class warfare on an apocalyptic afternoon -  in this wickedly compelling collection of macabre, absurd, and gleefully vulgar stories.  Scary, dirty fun."

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

"At the close of WW II, two soldiers return to their home in the South to find racial tensions as explosive as the battlefields of Europe.  This beautifully written story casts a spell as inescapable as the mud fields of the Mississippi Delta."

Over and Under by Todd Tucker

"Andy and Tom's fourteenth summer is defined by adventures in the woods and caves near their home, a strike that polarizes their small town, and secrets that test their friendship."

The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein

A summary and review of this book can be found here.

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

"A fast-paced ride through the brutality of L.A.'s wilderness of drugs, gangs, and the connections people make with one another.  The fact that most of the characters in this bloody, sexy, free-verse tale are mostly lycanthropes is almost incidental.

Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

"This witty satire of show-biz politics, told from the perspective of four New York teenage siblings in the eye of a publicity tornado, provides a fascinating insider's look at the world of the rich and famous."

The summaries for these books (except for the title The Oxford Project) were taken from the YALSA website.  Below please find the citation:
"2009 Alex Award winners," American Library Association, January 16, 2009.
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/alexawards/alex09.cfm (Accessed July 27, 2009)
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