Following the lead of yesterday’s YAuthorStalker on Lev Grossman (his book The Magicians made the Alex Awards list this year) we’re bringing you the complete award list today…drumroll please…
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer…This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
“The Bride’s Farewell” by Meg Rosoff…Pell, a young woman in 1850′s rural England, runs away from home on horseback the day she’s to marry her childhood sweetheart. But as she rides, Pell’s feelings for her parents–and her fianc–surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels.
“Everything Matters!” by Ron Currie, Jr….In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?
“The Good Soldiers” by David Finkel…In the tradition of “Black Hawk Down,” The Good Soldiers takes an unforgettable look at the heroes and the ruined soldiers fighting in the Iraq War.
“The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir” by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch…When the loss of their charming, take-charge father in 1983 plunged the Welch family into debt, their flighty actress mom had trouble coping, and the four children-Amanda, Liz, Dan, and Diana-were separated after she died from breast cancer without making clear provisions for their care. In this collaborative memoir, the orphaned siblings take turns describing the dissolution of their once-happy family in clear, matter-of-fact prose; these shifting viewpoints illustrate the vagaries of memory. That the Welches are ultimately triumphant is a testament to the strong bonds of love and family. An exhilarating and uplifting, but never sappy, family saga.
“My Abandonment” by Peter Rock…Inspired by a true story and informed by the nature diaries of Opal Whiteley and the travails of Elizabeth Smart, My Abandonment is the completely original story of a remarkable and triumphant transformation.
“Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel” by Gail Carriger…Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? A comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
“Tunneling to the Center of the Earth” by Kevin Wilson…Southern gothic at its best, laced with humor and pathos, these wonderfully inventive stories explore the relationship between loss and death and the many ways in which people try to cope with both.
If you’ve read one of the above we’d love to have you review it for the blog! Or if you have other favorite adult books that appeal to you let us know and we can make sure they’re part of the DPL collection. Oh, you want to review those, too? Go for it!