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The Alex Awards, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards trust and Booklist, honor the top 10 adult books published during the previous year with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18. Winners were announced January 14, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch; An Odyssey in the New China. By Matthew Polly. illus. Gotham, $26 (9781592402625).
A college student tells his fascinating, funny story about traveling from Kansas to China’s Shaolin Temple, where he attempts to master kung fu and find courage. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Bad Monkeys. By Matt Ruff. HarperCollins, $23.95 (9780061240423).
Genghis: Birth of an Empire. By Conn Iggulden. Bantam, $25 (9780385339513).
The God of Animals. By Aryn Kyle. Scribner, $25 (9781416533252).
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. By Ishmael Beah. Farrar/Sarah Crichton, $22 (9780374105235).
Beah tells, in his own words, his harrowing experiences as a child soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Mister Pip. By Lloyd Jones. Dial, $24 (9780385341066).
On a war-torn Pacific island, 13-year-old Matilda describes how an eccentric white teacher fires the imaginations of the village children by reading Great Expectations aloud. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
The Name of the Wind. By Patrick Rothfuss. DAW, $24.95 (9780756404079).
The Night Birds. By Thomas Maltman. Soho, $24 (9781569474624).
The Spellman Files. By Lisa Lutz. Simon & Schuster, $25 (9781416532392).
Tales from the Farm: Essex County, v.1. By Jeff Lemire. illus. Top Shelf, paper, $9.95 (9781891830884).
In this stark, moving graphic novel, Lester, a recently orphaned 10-year-old, finds escape in a private fantasy world of aliens and superheroes with his friend, a former hockey player.
Alex Awards, 2008, committee members: Angela Carstensen, chair, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York (NY); Diane Colson, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville (FL); Betsy Levine, San Francisco Public Library; Sarah Hill, Paris (IL) High School; Karlan Sick, New York (NY); Hope Baugh, Carmel (IN) Clay Public Library; Jennifer Jung Gallant, Bay Village (OH); Charli Osborne, Troy (MI); Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City (MO) Public Library; Gillian Engberg, Booklist consultant, Chicago (IL); and Priscille Dando, administrative assistant, Fairfax County (VA).
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