Inky Awards Update

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Events, Good reads

Gold_longlistedBreaking news from the world of young adult books, everybody!  The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library recently released the long list for this year’s Inky Awards!  We love the Inkys (Inkies?) because not only are they a special award just for YA literature, but they also have a special focus on Australian writers.  Also, and most importantly, the Inky Awards are totally decided by young people: the long list is selected by readers of the Inside a Dog blog, and then they get a panel of teen judges to read all of the long-listed books and select a winner.  (More super exciting news on this coming up below!)

There are two categories in the Inky Awards: the Gold Inky, which is awarded to an Australian book, and the Silver Inky, which goes to an international book.  Last year’s Gold Inky went to Em Bailey’s spooky novel Shift while the Silver Inky went to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  All of the books long listed for this year’s Inky Awards can be found in your very own school library!

Meanwhile, we are even more excited than usual about this year’s Inky Awards, because for the first time in ages we have one of our very own Uni High students on the teen judging panel!  Harison Butler of Year 7 successfully applied to be an Inkys judge and will be reading every single one of the longlisted books and deciding the winner of this year’s awards.  We are incredibly proud to know a teen Inky judge!  Harison, who is a voracious reader as well as a writer, very kindly agreed to share his Inky judging panel application with us and it makes for great reading.  He’s not allowed to discuss the novels he is judging yet but we are hoping to hear all about the judging experience once he has finished the process.  Here’s Harison’s successful application which won him a spot on the panel:

Hi, my name is Harison Butler, and I go to University High School in Melbourne, Victoria. I am 12 years of age and I would like to be an Inky Judge for multiple reasons- 
I absolutely love reading. It is my overall favourite thing to do. In my normal day- I would read the cereal box while eating, read signs on the way to school, read during recess and lunch, and I come home and read till dinnertime. So, I’m fascinated by words. I love how I lose myself in the ever-expanding ocean of words and how my imagination runs wild, for example, one sentence about a talking dog, and I can already imagine the colour, type of dog, its size and how it would speak. I am currently writing a book, called The Lord of the Rings Reborn, in which the characters from Middle Earth go through a strange portal, ending up in Melbourne! I like to play around with words, changing how they sound, taking bits from two words and meshing them together into one. I mainly read fictitious books, but I have read some books about Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions, because I plan to make some of my own inventions. But back to the point: I would like to be a Judge because since I am writing a book, I believe that this experience will improve my vocabulary and my imagination will expand. 
My favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien, because I love how he describes the appearances and qualities of the characters and how he made his very own languages. I have read many of his works, including The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, and Roverandom. Oh, and how many books can I read in a month-probably nine to ten books, which fits the time frame perfectly. 
I hope you like my application, so thank you!”

And here are all the books in contention for this year’s Inky Awards!  How many have you read?  We have all of these books on display at the library: come down and see what you think!

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