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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Alex Awards
The Alex Awards, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and sponsored by 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. The full, vetted list of the nominations can be found on the YALSA website.
Arena. By Holly Jennings. Ace, $25.95 (9781101988763).
Virtual gaming: Kali’s team is competing to win, not to die.
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded. By Hannah Hart. Morrow/Dey St., $23.99 (9780062457516).
Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to Internet fame.
Die Young with Me. By Rob Rufus. Touchstone, $25 (9781501142611).
Here’s a story of punk rock, first love, cancer, and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.
Every Heart a Doorway. By Seanan McGuire. Tor, $17.99 (9780765385505).
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better endings than others. A 2017 Top 10 Rainbow List Book.
In the Country We Love. By Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford. Holt, $26 (9781627795272).
After Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, to finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko. By Scott Stambach. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250081865).
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.
Queen of Blood. By Sarah Beth Durst. HarperCollins/Voyager, $19.99 (9780062413345).
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the cross fire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.
The Regional Office Is under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales. Riverhead, $27.95 (9781594632419).
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic revenge story explores what happens to a group of women hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure. By Ryan North. Riverhead, $20 (9781101983300).
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-path graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead, and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.
The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution’s Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life’s Biggest Problems. By Matt Simon. Illus. by Vladimir Stankovic. Penguin, $20 (9780143128687).
Simon explores the benefits of evolution in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.
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