Inky Award Winners Announced!

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Good reads

This week was a momentous one for Young Adult literature as the winners of the annual Inky Awards were announced on Wednesday.  The Inkys, run by the State Library of Victoria’s YA-focused Inside A Dog website, are international awards for teen literature as voted by the site’s readers.  The Gold Inky is awarded to an Australian book, while the Silver Inky is for an international title.  The short list for the Inkys was an absolute cracker this year and we here at Library Blog Secret Headquarters are very glad that we didn’t have to decide between all the great books in contention!  However the judges somehow managed to pick out a winner in each category as follows:

Gold Inky: Shift by Em Bailey

Shift is the first novel from young Melburnian author Em Bailey, who explains in her own words what the book is about in an interesting interview at Booktopia Blog: “Shift is a YA psychological thriller that examines such themes as identity, loss and toxic friendship. It is told from the point of view of Olive Corbett – once part of the in-crowd at school, now overweight, reclusive and mentally fragile following the disintegration of her family life. When strange rumours start circulating about the soon-to-arrive new girl – Miranda Vaile – Olive and her (only) friend Ami initially seize upon this as a chance for some mindless distraction. But before long Olive starts to wonder what the hell is going on with Miranda. Bad things just seem to keep happening to the people around her.”

Silver Inky: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This very well-loved novel from YA idol John Green is sure to be a popular winner.  Amazon describes it thus:  “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.  Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Shortlisted books

While the books shown above were the victors on the day, the rest of the Inkys shortlist is also pretty great.  You can find out more about these books by following the links through to the Inkys website, or you can find them right here in your very own school library!

The shortlisted books, pictured below, were: Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall; The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams; Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner; BZRK by Michael Grant; Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; and Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar.


In breaking news, we just found this great blog post over at Read Alert where a bunch of genius book lovers have thoughtfully assembled an Inky Retrospective looking at the Gold and Silver Inky winners right back to 2007!  If this doesn’t get you inspired for a weekend book fest I don’t know what will.

  1. inside a dog says:

    What a great Inkys post! Thanks for sharing the love of great YA 🙂
    – The Centre for Youth Literature team (aka the inside a dog minder’s)

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