Funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, the Alex Awards, which are announced annually in conjunction with National Library Week, honor the top 10 adult books for teenagers published during the previous year. Part of a five-year project cosponsored by Booklist and the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, the awards recognize the work of Margaret Edwards, a pioneer in library services for teens.



Lynda Barry One Hundred Demons
Pat Conroy My Losing Season
Timothy Ferris Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Soace and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
Mary Lawson Crow Lake
Brian Malloy The Year of Ice
Julie Otsuka When the Emperor Was Divine
Ann Packer The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Martha Southgate The Fall of Rome
Joseph Weisberg 10th Grade


Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
Willliam Doyle An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford Mississippi
David Anthony Durham Gabriel's Story
Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On (NOT) Getting by in Boom-Time America
Leif Enger Peace Like a River
Kobie Kruger The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife
Donna Morrissey Kit's Law
Mel Odem The Rover
Vineeta Vijayaraghavan Motherland
Rebecca Walker Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self


Darin Strauss Chang and Eng
Larry Colton Counting Coup
Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest
Alan Watt Diamond Dogs
James Bradley, Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers
Tracy Chevalier The Girl with a Pearl Earing
Nathaniel Philbrick In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Ben Sherwood The Man Who Ate the 747
Gillian Bradshaw The Sand Reckoner
June Jordan Soldier: A Poet's Childhood


Elva Trevino Hart Barefoot Heart
Esme Raji Codell Educating Esme
Orson Scott Card Ender's Shadow
David Breashears High Exposure
Linda Greenlaw The Hungry Ocean
Connie Porter Imani All Mine
Kent Haruf Plainsong
Jonathan Fugua The Reappearance of Sam Webber
Breena Clark River, Cross My Heart
Neil Gaiman Stardust



Caroline Alexander The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition 
James Finney Boylan Getting In
Andie Dominick Needles
John Gilstrap At All Costs
Jesse Lee Kercheval Space
Steve Kluger Last Days of Summer
Robert Silverberg, ed  Legends: Stories By the Masters of Modern Fantasy
Kim Stanley Robinson Antarctica
Esmeralda Santiago Almost a Woman
Danzy Senna Caucasia


David Bodanis The Secret Family: Twenty-Four Hours Inside the Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies
Rick Bragg All Over But the Shoutin'
Rebecca Carroll Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America
Karin Cook What Girls Learn
Pete Hamill Snow in August
Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Velma Maia Thomas Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation
Dawn Turner Trice Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last