Beginning in 1998, the Alex Awards have been presented each year for books that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 though 18. In 2002, the Alex Awards became an official award of the American Library Association. The winning titles are selected from books published in the previous year.
The 2008 winners included:
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron
Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly.
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
Essex County Volume 1:Tales from the Farm by Jeff Lemire.
Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden.
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.