On Monday, the American Library Association announced the winners for their Youth Media Awards categories. One of the awards, the Alex Awards, highlights ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. We’ve highlighted four of the titles, but you can see the full list of award winners and nominees here.
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine.
Bingo is the fastest runner in all of Nairobi-drug runner, this is. For several years Bingo has gotten away with trafficking illegal substances in and around a luxury resort, mostly because he looks far younger than his 15 years and he can fly under the radar. Until he witnesses a murder and is sent to live at an orphanage and subsequently adopted by an American Woman who challenges his sense of morality. Darkly humorous, this compelling novel draws on African Folklore.
The Martian by Andy Weir
While part of a mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Whatney gets separated from his team by a dust storm on the red planet and is assumed dead. The team begins their return to Earth, but Whatney is alive and alone on Mars-with little supplies and no communication devices. Think Gravity meets Survivor. Read it before the movie comes out in November.
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
When Zak Ebrahim was 12 years old when his father was sent to prison for shooting and killing the leader of the Jewish Defense League. During that prison sentence Ebrahim’s father helped plan the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center. This memoir is an important piece in the terrorism discussion and demonstrates that hate is always a choice-and so is tolerance.
Those Who Wish Me Dead,” by Michael Koryta
After 13 year old Jace witnesses a murder and narrowly escapes from the murderers himself. The authorities send him to wilderness/survival training camp/witness protection program under an assumed identity to keep him safe until the murderers are caught. What the authorities didn’t count on was the murderers infiltrating the program looking for Jace! Written by Bloomington’s Michael Koryta.