Saturday, September 10, 2011

Aussie YA Book Awards

It's such a brilliant time of the year for the Aussie YA industry with a lot of awards being, erm, awarded ;)

I have been following along but not individually posting on inkcrush, so here's a bit if a humongous post full of Aussie goodness. Congrats to all the short-listed titles and winners of the awards. I love beefing out my TBR with the best of what Aussie YA has to offer

First Up: The Inky's

The longlist has been whittled down by the judges and now the short lists are open for voting ~ there is only one week left to vote so all Aussie teenagers ~ go and make your vote count :) NOW

Inky's Short List:

Golden Inky (Aussie YA)

  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  • This Is Shyness by Leanne Hall
  • Silvermay by James Moloney
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

Oh, me? Eep. I have read all bar Silvermay (which I very much want to read). I SO love Graffiti Moon, hey. But I also fell in love with 'All I Ever Wanted' earlier in the year (gosh, what a gorgeous book). Seriously, what a tough, tough list to pick from.

Silver Inky (international YA)

  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Me? I have read three of these. I am thinking my fave probably goes out to Where She Went BUT I also lovelovelove No and Me (and I am ever so pleased to see it still standing in the shortlist)

Which book would you vote for? In the Gold and Silver?
(voting is only open to Aussies, aged between 12 and 20)

Next up, both the Victorian and Queensland Premier's awards have been awarded. These awards are for best Aussie YA of the year, awarded by judges and such. 

Queensland Premier's Award 

I've read four of these authors before (not yet familiar with Mark Svendsen) and they are all authors I adore/admire. 

The winner of the Queensland Premier's Award goes to 'Being Here'.
I do love Barry Jonsberg work but have not read his latest yet. Congrats Barry :) 

The Victorian Premier's Award

And the winner of the Victorian Premier's Award is Cassandra Golds (CONGRATS)

NSW Premier's History Prize

HUGE congrats to Kirsty Murray for her stunning novel which won the award with her novel 'India Dark' last week :)

Short-listed with Kirsty's book was Sherryl Clark and Nicole Pluss (congrats):

Two Aussie YA books currently touring the US

While we are talking Aussie YA ~ one of my fave bloggers is ever so graciously touring two of my most most fave Aussie YA books in the US. Both these books are not readily available internationally. Both I gave 5 stars to (so so seriously good):

If you are in the US and interested in reading either of these books see this post here :)

(I think you should be interested in these books ;))

Sorry for the super long post but it is full of general Aussie goodness. 

Hope you're excited for some of these wins and have found some more books to add to your (ever-expanding TBR)


  1. Seriously impressive lists.

    Can I just say 'All hail Graffiti Moon and Raw Blue'!? Those are two truly outstanding novels in a sea of excellence.

  2. Hi Nomes. What a lot of great books. I'd hate to have to choose the winners. Great post.I wonder if you'd mind if I used some of it in a post soon?


  3. The books look so, so good, but I haven't read most of them, so I'd think it'll be unfair to vote.
    Currently got Graffiti Moon on NetGalley. Eager to get to that :)

  4. I'm always up for some Aussie goodness!
    I'm actually in the middle of Graffiti moon (my seventh Aussie YA book of the year!) and I just love how the writing just flow and takes you along with you.

    It's awesome so far.

  5. I hadn't heard of Silvermay before, but it sounds really mystical and different! And have you read The Three Loves of Persimmon? I've had my eye on that one for a while, would love to know your thoughts if you've read it.

  6. Oh this is so sad - I haven't read ANY of the shortlisted Aussie books, and now I'm too ashamed to vote as an Aussie teen. ;(

    I did enjoy Dash and Lily and Clockwork Angel though...but there are so many awesome books on this list I have to read!

    Thanks for the post, I always love coming to your blog to read these lists. :) Happy reading!

  7. Congrats to all the winners so far. I saw Silvermay reviewed on another blog and I'm now keen to get to it and I've finally got my hands on a copy of Raw Blue and Grafitti Moon. We certainly have an awesome pool of author talent in Australia :)

  8. Congrats to the nominees and the winners. So many amazing Aussie and international books :)

  9. Thank you Nomes for the linkage! Also, I may do my own "top guy" post if you don't mind. Thanks again! :D

  10. I just requested Graffiti Moon on NetGalley, I'm so excited to read that one. I've heard nothing but good things from you and Nic and you guys never steer me wrong:)

  11. so so many great looking books!
    thanks for sharing youve just contributed to my huge Wish list :)

  12. I just finished Graffiti Moon this morning, pretty much devoured it within 12 hours, I loved it so much! One of the best books I've read this year.

    Been on a bit of a roll recently as before that I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which has also become one of my all time faves.

    Lets hope the awesomness continues!


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