Best Adult Fiction for Teens: 2013 Alex Award Winners

Every year, when they are determining who wins the big prizes like the Newbery Award and the Caldecott Medal and the Printz Award, the committees of readers (made up of librarians, teachers, reviewers, etc) also determine some other important lists. One of these is the Alex Awards, which is an award given to ten great books originally published for adults that have special appeal to teen audiences. Why is this important? Because you don’t just read what’s in the YA section, of course! Often, the books that win the Alex Award feature teenage protagonists or are about topics that are particularly important to teens. And they always represent a great variety of great books!

So here are this year’s (2013) 10 best adult books for teen audiences, the Alex Award Winners:

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman – a dark story about twisted love.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman – an intricately told story of a girl growing up in poverty and hard times.

Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross – a moving photo-documentary of juvenile incarceration centers.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – a geek-tastic fantasy of sorts involving a curious bookshop and the technology wiz who finds himself unraveling its secrets while working there.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf – comics artist Backderf relates his life story, as a classmate of the infamous serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, in this graphic novel.

One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard – a classic and true baseball story about a small town Illinois team that made it big.

Pure by Julianna Baggott – a post-apocalyptic/dystopian title to extend your obsession with those.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich – also a National Book Award winner, and technically part of a trilogy set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, this is simply an incredible story.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – a story about family ties, love, and loss.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – a funny mystery about Bee’s crazy mom, Bernadette, who goes missing.


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