Vote Now on the 2013 Inky Awards

Inside a DogIf you’re aged 12-20, you’re eligible to vote on the Inky Awards, Australia’s most prestigious young-adult-judged prize for young adult fiction, at the State Library of Victoria’s kids book review website Inside a Dog.

Last year’s winners were Shift by Em Bailey and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (of which we’ve sold so many copies that I’ve now lost count.)

The shortlisted books for this year are:

Gold Inky (Australian YA titles)

  • Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield
  • Cry Blue Murder – Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
  • Life in Outer Space – Melissa Keil
  • Girl Defective – Simmone Howell
  • My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg

Silver Inky (International YA titles)

  • The Diviners – Libba Bray
  • This is Not a Test – Courtney Summers
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  • The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  • See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles

Read any of these? Vote at http://www.insideadog.com.au/vote. You have until October 18.

I’m too old to cast my vote – but in a way, that’s a good thing. It’s silly to have prizes for children’s books judged by adults, don’t you think?

About Samuel

Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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