Friday, February 05, 2010

Award Winners: Alex

Are you a young adult who likes to read adult books? The Alex Awards is given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. These books range from fantasy to memoir to graphic novel. Give one of them a try!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Young teen William, who taught himself enough physics and engineering to build a windmill and bring electricity to his drought-stricken village, discovered the magic of his Malawi homeland in the
miracles of science.

The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff
Rather than marry without love, Pell Ridley absconds with a favorite horse and her brother, Bean. Both are quickly lost, and Pell’s perilous journey to find Bean leads to discovery of the things she ran away from: family, love, and herself.

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
While still in the womb, voices warn Junior of his impending death by comet in this unusually structured coming-of-age story. He has 36 years. How will he spend them?

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
This eye-opening account of “the surge” in 2007 follows the troops of Battalion 2-16, revealing the gritty reality for all those good soldiers serving in Iraq.

The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with
Amanda Welch and Dan Welch
This heart-wrenching memoir, collaboratively written from four different points of view, chronicles the ups and downs of the Welch siblings, who struggled to define the notion of home after their parents died.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Fantasy and reality meld in unexpected and tragic ways when 17-year-
old Quentin Coldwater trades his ho-hum Brooklyn existence for the
magical society of Brakebills College.

My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Based on a true story, 13-year-old Caroline and her questionably sane father live in a nature preserve on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. A haunting exploration of familial lore, survival, and hope.

Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, by Gail Carriger
Wielding a parasol and hairpins, 25-year-old soulless spinster Alexia
Tarabotti accidentally stakes a vampire lacking all common etiquette to open this delightfully dangerous romp.

Stitches: A Memoir, by David Small
Replete with themes of anger, pain, and hope, and employing classic imagery from Alice in Wonderland, renowned illustrator Small chronicles the harrowing story of his childhood and adolescence in this dark graphic novel.

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, by Kevin Wilson
In a wholly original collection of stories, Wilson turns down the odd side streets of reality to explore rentable relatives, unscrupulous Scrabble workers, Mortal Kombat–fueled romancers, and the adventures of other wildly quirky characters.

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