Books for Young Adults

Every year the American Library Association names the Alex Awards, the 10 best books published in the previous year written for adults with a special appeal to readers ages 12-18.

“The 2012 Alex Awards will take readers from rural New Hampshire to the robot apocalypse to Katrina-ravaged Mississippi to a magical circus. The Alex Award winners are as diverse and eclectic as the teens who will read them,” said Karen Keys, chair of the 2012 Alex Awards Committee.”

2012 Winners:

Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard, published by Little, Brown & Company

 The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN: 9780374193683)

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser, published by Free Press

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, published by Crown Publishers

Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson, published by Doubleday

Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward, published by Bloomsbury USA

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston, published by Ecco

The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo, published by Crown Publishers

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