2019 Alex Award Winners


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


What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Paris, 1887. Sixteen-year-old Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself. When a second body is found a few days later, Nathalie has to figure out whether she’s going crazy or has the power to stop the killer.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Dino’s parents own a funeral home, so he’s used to spending time with the dead. But it’s different when July shows up. Not only is she his ex-best friend, she’s also not quite dead. Or quite alive. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
The Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. After Thea’s cousin Natalie’s killer goes free, she’s more than willing to join them. She trains with other girls to carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. But when the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be.

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Dark Stars, Book One)
Seattle, 1913—Dorothy feels trapped, forced into an engagement she doesn’t want. So she runs into the woods, desperate to escape. New Seattle, 2077—Ash is on a mission to rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel. When Dorothy collides with Ash, she stows away in his plane, only to wake up in a future Seattle devastated by earthquakes and floods. And she holds the key to putting it all right, though it may destroy Ash.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Lacey is finally living her dream of being in a movie, working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she also has to finish her senior year of high school. Even worse, Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, is a full-on nightmare. As she struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance, Lacey learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

Featured Series

The Agency by Y.S. Lee

Mary graduates from Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls with admirable skills, including being an undercover investigator. Working in the guise of a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home to try to trace his missing cargo ships. She then finds that that household is full of dangerous secrets.

1) A Spy in the House

2) The Body at the Tower

3) The Traitor in the Tunnel

4) Rivals in the City

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
Eden McKinley knows she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a complete shock when, five days before the start of their GCSEs, Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about. And it’s the last person she would ever have expected. As the days pass, and her world begins to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her best friend and herself.

The Fade by Demitria Lunetta
Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it. Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley know the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house? The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want…she might be next.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa were transported to another realm called the Woodlands while they cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. When they returned, nothing at all had changed, except for them. Now Ev longs to return to the Woodlands while Philippa tries to find a place in this world. But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must try to understand what her sister went through.

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler (The Wells of Sorcery, Book One)
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire, she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons
Ella has always been good at reading people. Her synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read. Alec is a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals that he sought her out because he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

Based on the Bard

Check out these titles inspired by the works (and life) of the great William Shakespeare. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

Srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove
Natalia works as a hotel maid, practices martial arts, and cares for her eleven-year-old brother, Calvino. Cal should be starting to wane, losing his ability to feel emotions. But he’s not. When a mysterious corporation kidnaps him for testing, Natalia will do anything to save him. Along the way, she meets others looking for the truth about waning.

What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards
Spencer volunteers (aka community service) at the library. He likes his work, especially if it means getting to see Mallory. Mallory spends a lot of time keeping her head down. When you’re sixteen and homeless, nothing matters more than being anonymous. When sinister things start happening at the library, the two know they must find the culprit before Mallory is the next target.

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Lacey is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. She’s never kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. But when she sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy, Ava Dash
Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, Raya has been quietly freaking out. She feels simultaneously lost and trapped by a future already mapped out for her. When her beloved grandmother dies, Raya decides to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandparents met. But she didn’t expect to fall in love.

Featured Series

Broken Sky Chronicles by Jason Chabot

On the barren plains of Below, a teenage boy named Hokk lives in isolation amid the remnants of Earth’s modern age. On the floating islands in the skies of Above, Elia and her family are enslaved in endless drudgery until a natural disaster sends Elia plummeting to Below, where she meets Hokk and together they face airborne and terrestrial dangers and discover a powerful secret

1) Below

2) Above

3) Beyond