2022 Alex Awards

We’re thrilled to share that four Macmillan titles have been selected for this year’s Alex Awards!

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.


“Huchu writes with a refreshing voice, crafting an intimate portrait of Ropa and her Zimbabwean family amid the delicious paranormal chaos . . . Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu’s occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A good fit for teen readers looking for urban fantasy that is not Eurocentric.” —Booklist

CROSSING THE LINE: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser

“This is a marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories. It’s an occasionally heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story about the bonds of brotherhood and the unique healing powers capable of being generated between humans and horses.” —Booklist, starred review

WINTER’S ORBIT by Everina Maxwell

“Recommended for teens who enjoy exciting romantic adventures with some soft science fiction elements, especially those looking for LGBTQ representation.” —Booklist


“Aoki’s novel is an exciting, wild web of an adventure, a unputdownable book about music, found family, and identity. Diving into the tough subjects, Aoki’s book emerges with a joyful, queer, radical ballad of a story that will appeal to fans of TJ Klune’s THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA.” —Booklist, starred review

“Filled with mouthwatering descriptions of food and heart-swelling meditations on music, this novel is an unexpected gift.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

View the full list here.

THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD by T.L. Huchu | 9781250767769 | available now
CROSSING THE LINE by Kareem Rosser | 9781250270863 | available now
WINTER’S ORBIT by Everina Maxwell | 9781250758835 | available now
LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS by Ryka Aoki | 9781250789068 | available now

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