Anais is fifteen and headed to the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. This time she beat a police officer into a coma and even though she can't remember the details because of the pills she was abusing, her clothes are covered in blood. She has spent her entire life in foster car and learned quickly that she can only trust herself, that the "experiment" is plotting against her and anything could be a trick.
In this moving coming-of-age story, introspective June Elbus is only understood by one person in the entire world, her Uncle Finn, a free-spirited artist. But when he dies of AIDS, a new and misunderstood illness in 1987, June plummets into an emotional darkness, unreachable even by her older sister Greta, desperate to recreate the friendship they had before Finn.
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teens. They were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official American Library Association award in 2002. For more information about current and previous winners, click here. The 2013 Alex Award winning books are:
Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
After his mother is struck by a bus and killed, 16 year old straight-A student Joey Crouch boards a bus to Bloughton, Iowa, to live with his estranged father Ken Harnett. Known in town as the Garbageman, Harnett is neither an idea father nor roommate. His small house is unkempt, full of newspaper stacks and a strong odor; Harnett himself disappears for days at a time, leaving Joey with no food or money.