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May 15, 2017 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.
All Involved. By Ryan Gattis. Ecco, $27.99 (9780062378798).
Los Angeles, 1992: in the chaos of a rioting city, between settling scores and surviving another day, 18 young men and women—gangbangers, a nurse, an artist, a dreamer—give intense and sometimes brutal voice to their complex human experiences.
Between the World and Me. By Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau, $24 (9780812993547).
Coates writes to his 15-year-old son about the inborn hazards of being black in America and his own intellectual, political, and emotional confrontation with the need to live fully, even in the face of racialist culture.
Bones & All. By Camille DeAngelis. St. Martin’s, $24.99 (9781250046505).
Sixteen-year-old Maren literally eats the ones who love her, bones and all. When her mother abandons her, Maren sets out to find the father she has never met, hoping he can help her understand why she is a monster.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. By David Wong. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $25.99 (9781250040190).
Zoey never had much ambition beyond being a barista, but when her father leaves her in control of the lawless city of Tabula Ra$a, she goes from steaming milk to slaying supervillains.
Girl at War. By Sara Novic. Random, $26 (9780812996340).
Ana’s early life was ravaged by the 1991 Balkan wars. Now a college student, Ana relives her war and its consequences as she unravels the mystery of herself and the meaning of home.
Half the World. By Joe Abercrombie. Del Rey, $26 (9780804178426).
A bloodthirsty girl and a reluctant warrior are recruited by a cunning minister for a mission that will either save or doom their kingdom.
Humans of New York: Stories. By Brandon Stanton. Illus. by the author. St. Martin’s, $29.99 (9781250058904).
In pictures and interviews that captivate, puzzle, and reveal, photojournalist Stanton presents an immeasurable range of human emotions and perspectives. The portraits draw in readers, while their subjects’ words invoke wonder and celebrate humanity’s variety.
Sacred Heart. By Liz Suburbia. Illus. by the author. Fantagraphics, $24.99 (9781606998410).
Adults have disappeared, and Ben Schiller is trying to keep things together until their return in this unsettling graphic novel. A series of mysterious deaths may be a sign of impending doom for Alexandria’s troubled kids.
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. By Dan-el Padilla Peralta. Penguin, $27.95 (9781594206528).
Overstaying his visa in the U.S. before he was in kindergarten, Peralta joined other young DREAM Act scholars to erase his illegal status. His humor, wisdom, success, and very American boyhood smash anti-immigration stereotypes.
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis. By Keija Parssinen. Harper, $25.99 (9780062319098).
Mercy, a high-school basketball star, lives under the thumb of her grandmother, a fierce believer in Y2K as the apocalypse. The year 1999 alters Mercy’s life in a small Texas refinery town and gives her a future beyond it.
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