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2020 Alex Awards

Each year the American Library Association selects 10 books for the Alex Awards. These are books written for adults that are selected for having special appeal to teen readers. Alex Award-winning books can be great choices for teens who are looking to read more adult books. They're also great choices for adults who are looking for engaging works in a variety of genres. Learn more about the Alex Awards on the ALA website, or keep reading here to see this year's winners.

A boy and his dog at the end of the world
A boy and his dog at the end of the world
by Charlie Fletcher

When a beloved family dog is stolen, her boy owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of a dystopian world to bring her back.

	Do you dream of Terra-Two?
Do you dream of Terra-Two?
by Temi Oh

When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization--but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.

	Dominicana
Dominicana
by Angie Cruz

The award-winning author of Soledad draws on her mother’s story in a tale set in a turbulent 1960s Dominican Republic, where a young teen agrees to marry a man twice her age to help her family’s immigration to America.
Gender queer : a memoir
Gender queer : a memoir
by Maia Kobabe

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

	High school
High school
by Tegan Quin

Award-winning identical twin music artists Tegan and Sara share the coming-of-age story of their high school years, detailing how their early relationships, family tragedies and high expectations shaped their rise to celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons.

	In waves
In waves
by A. J Dungo

Delves into the origins and evolution of surfing by looking back at the sport's greatest heroes, while reflecting on the author's memories of his late partner, her battle with cancer, and their shared love of surfing.

	Middlegame
Middlegame
by Seanan McGuire

In an alternate-reality world under the shadow of a magical government bent on transmuting the fabric of reality, two alchemical twins, one skilled with language and the other with math, become catalysts in their creator's grab for power.

	The nickel boys
The nickel boys
by Colson Whitehead

A follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning, The Underground Railroad, follows the harrowing experiences of two African-American teens at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

	Red, white & royal blue
Red, white & royal blue
by Casey McQuiston

After an international incident affects U.S. and British relations, the president's son Alex and Prince Henry must pretend to be best friends, but as they spend time together, the two begin a secret romance that could derail a presidential campaign.

	The swallows
The swallows
by Lisa Lutz

When a creative writing assignment leads to unsettling allegations about her school’s indifference to sexual assault, a new teacher organizes a group of marginalized girls in an escalating gender war. By the award-winning author of the Spellman Files series.
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