Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alex Award Winners

The Alex Awards are given to the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. This year's winners are: Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman, Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard, Pure by Julianna Baggott, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

I have read:

and loved all three. Can you guess my favorite by reading my word cloud?
If I was on the committee to select the Alex Awards, I would have chosen The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  A coming of age novel about a girl who is learning to navigate middle school in extraordinary times.  On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life--the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
The Age of Miracles

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