We’re pleased to report that Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire and All Systems Red by Martha Wells have been selected as 2018 Alex Award winners at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards!
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the second installment in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, which tells the stories of children who find themselves tumbling into magical worlds…and often tumbling back into mundane reality they no longer want. Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows twins Jack and Jill as they travel into the dark and tempestuous world of The Moors. The series continues with Beneath the Sugar Sky, which takes readers into a nonsensical candy land. You can learn more about the series in this reading guide. Seanan McGuire is now one of two authors to make the Alex Awards list twice (the other is Neil Gaiman, for Anansi Boys and Stardust) and McGuire is the first to win the award for two consecutive years!
All Systems Red, the first book in Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries series, takes readers to a distant planet where scientists conduct tests with the help of their self-aware ‘droid, who calls itself Murderbot—though never out loud. All Murderbot wants is to spend some time exploring its sentience, but when a nearby mission goes dark, it’s called into action in a search for the truth. The second installment, Artificial Condition, will be available on May 8, 2018. In the meantime, check out Wells’ vital 2017 World Fantasy Awards speech, “Unbury the Future.”
You can see the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all!