The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2013 Alex Awards. The winning titles were announced earlier this year.
While the Alex Award is given to adult literature, there are many excellent books written every year that are truly YA (Young Adult). And who is reading them? According to a Publisher’s Weekly survey a little more than half of all YA books are purchased by adults.
What is the difference between a young adult and adult book? The YA story usually features a young person and the subject matter and story line are consistent with the world view of someone who not yet an adult. YA stories span the genres just like adult literature: romance, mystery, historical fiction, thriller, science fiction, supernatural, etc. A couple YA books you might have heard of: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Some even classify the later Harry Potter books at YA.
If you want some help finding one of the Alex Award winners, or any great YA book, stop by the library.