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Inky Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature.

The shortlisted books in each category are:

Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book):

  • Frankie (Shivaun Plozza, Penguin)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Hachette)
  • My Sister Rosa (Justine Larbalestier, A&U)
  • Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)
  • One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, UQP)

Silver Inky Award (for an international book):

  • You Know Me Well (David Levithan & Nina LaCour, Text)
  • Holding Up the Universe (Jennifer Niven, Penguin)
  • Radio Silence (Alice Oseman, HarperCollins)
  • Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys, Penguin)
  • The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon, Penguin).

A panel of seven teen judges selected the shortlists from longlists announced in February. Centre for Youth Literature manager Rebeca Henson said the judges ‘chose five Australian novels written by women, with plots and characters that are deeply affecting in their different ways’.

‘The judges’ discussions were robust and wide-ranging, and included consideration of quality of voice, writing style, representations of diversity and appeal to a broader teen audience,’ Henson said.

Teen readers can vote for their favourite book until 17 September at Inside a Dog. The winners will be announced on 2 October.


Category: Junior Local news