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Alex Awards Announced!

The 2015 Alex Awards were announced this morning (you can find the lists of all the Youth Media Awards winners here). Congratulations to the ten winners:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
  • Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
  • Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, published by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
  • Lock In by John Scalzi, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
  • The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, published by TED Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

As our reviewer Sarah Flowers pointed out over here, we (or rather Angela) had a pretty amazing year for predicting the awards. Angela picked All the Light We Cannot See and Everything I Never Told You outright, and mentioned both The Martian and Lock In as strong possibilities. Meanwhile, I predicted . . . nothing correctly. Oh well. On the plus side, I am ecstatic to see John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van honored. I read it too late in the year to nominate it for our Best of the Year list, but it was certainly one of my favorite books that I read last year.

As you can see from the links above, we reviewed seven of the ten winners, down one from last year, but still making me very happy. I’m already deeply ensconced in 2015 reading, but I may be back for commentary if I get a chance to read any of the three titles we didn’t review. Until then, congratulations again to all the Alex Award Winners.

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About Mark Flowers

Mark Flowers is the Young Adult Librarian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo, CA. He reviews for a variety of library journals and blogs and recently contributed a chapter to The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual: From Planning to Evaluation (YALSA, 2012). Contact him via Twitter @droogmark