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The Alex Awards, administered by YALSA and cosponsored by Booklist and the Margaret A. Edwards trust,honor the top 10 adult books, published during the previous year, with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18. For more information, visit the Alex Awards Home Page.
Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things. Simon & Schuster/Atria, $23 (0-7432-9885-3).
Stephen King meets the Brothers Grimm in this gruesome fairy tale about a motherless boy transported to another world, where he embarks on a quest for The Book of Lost Things.
Doig, Ivan. The Whistling Season. Harcourt, $25 (0-15-101237-7).
Rose, “who can’t cook but doesn’t bite,” arrives in Montana, bringing joy and order to three motherless boys and their father.
D’Orso, Michael. Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska. Bloomsbury, $23.95 (1-58234-623-2).
Life in a remote Alaskan village is transformed by the championship aspirations of the high-school basketball team.
Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants. Algonquin, $23.95 (1-56512-499-5).
Suddenly orphaned during the Depression, a veterinary student jumps on a third-rate circus train and finds romance, danger, and a bond with a special elephant.
Hamamura, John Hideyo. Color of the Sea. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $24.95 (0-312-34073-7).
Raised in the samurai tradition, a teenager struggles to live within this code, even as he decides to fight for the U.S. after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Joern, Pamela Carter. The Floor of the Sky. Univ. of Nebraska/Bison, $16.95 (0-8032-7631-1).
Toby, 72, is about to lose the family ranch when her pregnant granddaughter, Lila, comes for the summer and uncovers family secrets.
Lewis, Michael. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Norton, $24.95 (0-393-06123-X).
A dying woman’s wish leads an abused 15-year-old from the streets of Memphis to a loving family, an education, and a professional football career.
Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green. Random, $24.95 (1-4000-6379-5).
In the British village of Black Swan Green, 13-year-old Jason survives ghost sightings, bullies, a first kiss, and his parents’ divorce.
Rash, Ron. The World Made Straight. Holt, $24 (0-8050-7866-5).
When 17-year-old Travis Shelton discovers a marijuana farm in the Appalachian woods, he begins a confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world.
Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. Atria, $26 (0-7432-9802-0).
Margaret, a shy, unknown biographer, must sift truth from fiction when she learns the secrets of a reclusive best-selling author’s mysterious past.
Alex Awards, 2007, committee members: Terry Beck, chair, Sno-Isle Libraries, WA; Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY; Priscille M. Dando, Robert E. Lee High School, Fairfax County, VA; Jennifer Jung Gallant, Elyria Public Library, OH; Betsy Levine, San Francisco Public Library, CA; Charli M. Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI; Victor Schill, Harris County Public Library, TX; John Sexton, Ashland Branch Library, OR; Karlan Sick, New York, NY; and Gillian Engberg, Booklist, Chicago, IL. Administrative Assistant: Judy Sasges, Sno-Isle Libraries, WA.
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