From the ALA website:
“Funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, the first Alex Awards honor the Top Ten Adult Books for Young Adults published during 1997. The awards, cosponsored by Booklist and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA), recognize the work of Margaret Edwards, called “Alex” by her friends. A pioneer in young adult services, whose accomplishments at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore have guided and inspired young adult librarians for several decades, Edwards was committed to using adult books with teenagers and incorporated them into the readers’ advisory training programs she instituted.”
For a complete list of Alex Award winners, consult the booklist on the ALA website.