The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
Circe by Madeline Miller
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen
Home After Dark by David Small
How Long ’Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin
Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik