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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Alex Awards

Each year the Alex Awards honor adult books that have special appeal to young adults aged 12-18. Named for a librarian who pioneered young adult library services, this American Library Association award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and BookList. It has been awarded since 1998.

Here are some of the winners:
Bad Monkeys Matt Ruff FIC RUF
Charged with a homicide, Jane Charlotte relates a fantastic tale of working for a secret organization that selectively assassinates people considered beyond redemption.

The Dragons of Babel Michael Swanwick SF SWA
A half-human teenager destroys a war dragon. Forced to leave his village, he makes his way to the metropolis of Babel.

Finding Nouf Zoe Ferraris FIC FER
A 16-year-old girl disappears and is later found murdered. Her brother asks his friend, a desert guide, to discover what happened.

The Good Thief Hannah Tinti FIC TIN
Twelve-year-old Ren lives at St. Anthony's Orphanage until a small-time crook appears and claims that Ren is his long-lost brother.

Just After Sunset Stephen King FIC KIN
After a stint as editor of a short story collection, Stephen King was inspired to sit down and write 13 scary stories of his own.

Can you recommend some good adult books for young adult readers?

Don’t Miss . . .
Meet Laura Elliott

Laura Elliot, author of both children’s and young adult fiction will discuss her novel Give Me Liberty at Great Falls Library on Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m.

Listeners will learn some fun colonial trivia about the pivotal but little known Battle of Great Bridge, and about the creative process and research behind Give Me Liberty. Be prepared to try out a few 18th-century greetings and folklore. Age 8-16.

Free. Registration required; register online or call 703-757-8560.

Listen to Laura Elliott's podcast interview with Library Director Sam Clay.

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