Monday, February 9, 2009

2009 Alex Award Books are Named

Yikes -- it's ALA book awards time!

The Alex Awards, named for beloved Baltimore young adult librarian Margaret Alexander Edwards, were created by the Young Adult Services division of ALA "to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens."

Alex Award books are popular at Paideia, as lit choices and for summer reading among the high school population. And this year there are a couple of Paideia connections to be excited about: Hannah Tinti (The Good Thief) is a writing workshop friend of JH teacher (and award-winning short story writer himself) Greg Changnon, and Hillary Jordan (Mudbound) is a Wellesley College classmate of mine.

I've read The Good Thief, thanks to Greg's insider recommendation, and Over and Under is already in the collection. It's time to place an order, and start reading!

The 2009 Alex Award winners are:

  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
  • Finding Nouf by ZoĆ« Ferraris (review)
  • Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

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