February 20, 2018

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New Books from Alex Award Winners

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Last year around this time I looked at a far-from-complete list of new books by Alex Award winners to see which ones we had reviewed and might be reviewing. Today, I show my compulsive side by trying to put together a complete list of every 2014 book by a former Alex winner. Altogether, I found 29 new books from the 169 Alex winners.  I probably missed a couple, and I purposely excluded a few collections of older work–but all-in-all, a pretty good haul.  The biggest surprise for me is that three of last year’s ten winners are back with new books (as opposed to one 2013 winner who put out a book in 2013–Juliana Baggott, who also has a book out this year).

against football book cover 208x300 New Books from Alex Award WinnersProbably the best benefit for me of making this list was that it drew my attention to a couple books I probably would have missed, particularly Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto and Jeff Lemire’s Teen Titans: Earth One. Feel free to let us know if there are any books here we should be paying special attention to. Anyway, here they are, broken down into similar but not identical categories to last year.


Ishmael Beah – Radiance of Tomorrow
Julianna Baggott – Burn
Daniel H. Wilson – Robogenesis

Reviews to Come:

Jean Kwok – Mambo in Chinatown
Lisa O’Donnell – Closed Doors

waistcoats and weaponry by gail carriger 198x300 New Books from Alex Award WinnersIneligible:

Rachel DeWoskin – Blink (Aug) – Published as YA
Gail Carriger – Waistcoats and Weaponry (Nov) – Published as YA

Not reviewed:

Barbara Ehrenreich – Living with a Wild God: A Memoir
Michael Lewis – Flash Boys
Emma Donoghue – Frog Music
Jacqueline Winspear – The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

Taking a Look:

Stephen King – Mr. Mercedes

Still to be Published:

Breena Clark – Angels Make Their Hope Here (July)
Conn Iggulden – War of the Roses: Stormbird (July)
Mary Lawson – Road Ends (July)
Lev Grossman – Magician’s Land (Aug)
Steve Almond – Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto (Aug)
Lucy Knisley – Age of License (Sept)
Joern, Pamela Carter – In Reach (Sept)
David Mitchell – Bone Clocks (Sept)
Jodi Picoult – Leaving Time (Oct)
Rothfuss – Slow Regard of Silent Things (Oct)
John Connolly – Wolf in Winter (Oct)
James Bradley – China Mirage (Oct)
Lynda Barry – Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (Nov)
Juliet Marillier – Dreamer’s Pool (Nov)
Stephen King – Revival (Nov)
Jeff Lemire – Teen Titans: Earth One (Nov)
Wesley Chu – Rebirths of Tao (Dec)

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Mark Flowers is SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens cocolumnist and a supervising librarian at the Rio Vista (CA) Library.

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