David Zimmerman Receives 2013 Alex Award from American Library Association
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
David Zimmerman has received the 2013 Alex Award from the American Library Association for his recent novel, Caring is Creepy, published by Soho Press in 2012. About Caring is Creepy, Ben Percy has written, "David Zimmerman has written a beautifully menacing novel. I found it impossible to stop reading -- as teenage girls flirt with danger online, an AWOL soldier hides out in a closet, and drug deals go dead wrong -- and you will too, as the danger steadily escalates, the sentences unspooling like a detonator line that sizzles toward an explosive, unforgettable ending." Congratulations!
About the Alex 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. The titles were selected by the YALSA Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force from the previous year's publishing and were part of the Adult Books for Young Adults Project, which explored the role of adult books in the reading lives of teenagers and was funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. With the approval of the Trust, the task force appointed to develop and implement the project named the awards the Alex Awards after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.