Monday, 15 September 2008

The Australian Centre for Youth Literature (ACYL) has released its shortlist for the 2008 Inky Award. This shortlist of 6 books (3 Australian and 3 international) was chosen from a longlist of 10 Australian books and 10 International books selected by the ACYL. The longlist was then read by a panel of six judges, who have wittled down that list to 6 titles. Voting has now commenced via the website and via SMS. The winners will be announced on Thursday 6 November. The winning Australian book will receive the Golden Inky and a cash prize, and the International winner will receive the Silver Inky.

Young people can vote either by SMS or online at
You don’t need to register or ‘join’ in order to vote, but you do need to submit a valid email address.
You can only vote twice – once for the Golden Inky and once for the Silver Inky. Every attempt will be made to prevent multiple votes.
The INKYS are a choice award for teenagers (12-18 year olds)

So here goes...

The Shortlist 2008

Town by James Roy

Everyone has a story.In Town, James Roy turns his hand to the short story, using it to explore the lives of the young residents of an Australian town. Love and loss, grief, humour and passion. Hope and hopelessness. Thirteen linked short stories, spanning a year in the lives of thirteen young people, from a town near you.

Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a castle on the tiny, barren island of Montmaray, along with her little sister Henry, her intellectual cousin Veronica, and her mad uncle, King John. It’s hard to imagine that anything from the outside world could ever intrude into their little kingdom, but it’s 1936 and the world is changing. When two strangers appear on the island, Sophie suddenly has to reassess everything she ever thought she knew, and her simple, uncomplicated life spirals out of control into a nailbiting adventure.

Genesis by Bernard Beckett
It’s 2075. Anaximander is a young Academy student, and she being examined. Her special subject is the life of Adam Forde. Through Anaximander’s answers, we start to learn more about the world we’re in. After a great war, a man named Plato fled to a tiny island and set up The Republic – sealed off from the rest of the world with a fence, mines, and sentry guards, two per tower. The first guard’s job is to shoot any approaching refugees on sight. The second guard is there to shoot the first, should he hesitate to carry out his task. One such guard was Adam Forde.This incredible book is about what it means to be human.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
Five years ago, Josh's life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town - seems like the world - thinks they understand. But they don't - they can't.
And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there's Rachel, the girl he thought he'd lost years ago. She's back, and she's determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.
Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won't stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink.
And then there's Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh's past. It's time for Josh to face the truth about what happened.
If only he knew what the truth was.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

Remember to READ and VOTE!!


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