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Alex Awards 2013

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

Nobody But Us

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook Told in their separate voices, eighteen-year-old Will who has aged out of foster care, and fifteen-year-old Zoe whose father beats her, set out for Las Vegas together, but their escape may prove more dangerous than what they left behind.


Hooked by Liz Fichera Invited to become her varsity golf team's only female member, Fredericka Oday pursues a dream of earning a scholarship only to be challenged by golden boy Ryan Berenger, who resents Fred for replacing his best friend on the team.


Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers--monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell. Read the entire series: Angelfire Wings of the Wicked Shadows in Silence Series complete


Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Fifteen-year-old Claire Ryan has always felt invisible, always lived beyond people's notice, which causes trouble when she instantly connects with seventeen-year-old Nix, who really can become invisible and has been sent to assassinate her.


Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner's purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers. Read the entire series: Unearthly Hallowed Boundless

Holy Spokes!: A Biking Bible for Everyone

Holy Spokes!: A Biking Bible for Everyone by Rob Coppolillo A concise, detailed guide to incorporating bicycle travel into an everyday lifestyle covers a wide range of interests from mountain trail biking and competitive racing to city biking and identifying compatible bike models, in a reference that also discusses the health and environmental benefits of biking.


Oreimo by Sakura Ikeda High schooler Kyousuke doesn't get along with his fourteen-year-old sister Kirino, who is a model and a track star, but he feels compelled to help her keep her secret that she is obsessed with video games and fantasy anime. Read the entire series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2

Then You Were Gone

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick Adrienne and Dakota's long-term best friendship has been over for two years, but when Dakota goes missing, a presumed suicide, Adrienne is overwhelmed, leading to problems at school and with her boyfriend.

Uses for Boys

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, it was just the two of them against the world. But now her mom's gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. Anna gets used to being alone, until she discovers that she can make boys her family, from Desmond to Joey to Todd. But filling the void comes at a price.

The Cadet of Tildor

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers, but when her mentor is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and best friend Alec struggle to do what is right in a world of crime of political intrigue.


Doomed by Tracy Deebs Pandora Walker unwittingly unleashes cyber Armageddon on her seventeenth birthday and must play a virtual reality game in order to save the world.


Salvation by Anne Osterlund Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--seems to have it all. He's Student Body president, captain of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone thinks that he could have any girl, and go to any college, that he wants. But how could he ever leave his family? After the death of this mother, his father and younger sisters need him more than ever. Then the most unlikely girl in school--shy, quiet Beth--catches his eye, and with her help, Salva starts to see things differently. And when a tragic accident strikes, Salva is forced to accept that life is too short not to pursue your dreams.

The Wrap-Up List

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson When sixteen-year old Gabriela's death is foretold by a letter, she must complete her 'wrap-up list' before she's forced to say goodbye.

Anatomy of a Single Girl

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky Sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend , in which college pre-med Dominique explores love and lust


Fangtabulous by Lucienne Diver Salem, Massachusetts seems like a great place for Gina Covello and her supernatural gang to hide, but they find the town crawling with ghosts, including the spirit of George Corwin, the infamous sheriff from the witch trial days.

Paper Valentine

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff Followed everywhere by the ghost of her recently deceased best friend, Hannah investigates the serial murders of young girls in her community.

Janie Face to Face

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney At college in New York City, Janie Johnson, aka Jennie Spring, seems to have successfully left behind her past as " The face on the milk carton ," but soon she, her families, and friends are pursued by a true-crime writer who wants their help in telling her kidnapper's tale.


Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan Phil and Fee Albion, descendents of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis.

Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade

Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade by Je-tae Yoo A Scotland Yard police detective stumbles upon terrifying truths about Jack the Ripper that may force a confrontation between him and the criminal. Read the entire series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3

Victoria Rebels

Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer Through diary entries, reveals the life of Britain's strong-willed and short-tempered Queen Victoria from the age of eight through her twenty-fourth birthday, up to her third wedding anniversary with her beloved Albert in 1843

The Dead and Buried

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington New student Jade uncovers a murder mystery when she moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful, mean girl who ruled Jade's high school.

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn Giselle and Ingrid are the twin daughters of Doctor Victor Frankenstein, but they are very different people, and when they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands, Giselle dreams of holding parties and inviting society--but Ingrid is fascinated by her father's forbidden experiments.


Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz Rudy's life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote, magical island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother, and while Dylan recovers, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into his loneliness.


Catherine by April Lindner In this retelling of "Wuthering Heights," Catherine explains how she fell in love with a brooding musician and left her family to return to him, and her daughter describes searching for her mother many years later. Original story: Wuthering Heights

Zoo Station

Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F by Christiane F Recounts the childhood and adolescence of Christiane F., a German girl who became a drug addict and prostitute by age fourteen, and describes her descent into addiction and the drug- and sex-filled culture of Zoo Station in Berlin in the 1970s.

Falling for You

Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder Very good friends, her poetry notebooks, and a mysterious "ninja of nice" give seventeen-year-old Rae the strength to face her mother's neglect, her stepfather's increasing abuse, and a new boyfriend's obsessiveness.


Empty by K.M. Walton Deeply depressed after her father cheated on and divorced her mother, seventeen-year-old Adele has gained over seventy pounds and is being bullied and abused at school--to the point of being raped and accused of being the aggressor.