Internets, great news!
The Inky Awards shortlists have been announced, and Guardian of the Dead has been shortlisted for the Gold Inky.
I am thrumming with joy. The longlist was a stunning honour in itself, but making the shortlist is amazing
The full lists:
THE GOLD INKY (for an Australian* YA book)
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager
Swerve by Philip Gwynne
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The SILVER INKY (for an international YA book)
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Now, a brief reminder – while there is no technological limit on voting, the awards are meant to be teen voted, so please don’t vote unless you are between 12 and 20 years of age. You can vote at Inside a Dog.
Every voter goes in a draw to win one of three prize packs that include all the shortlisted books, which I think you will agree is incentivising.
I’m also super thrilled that I have friends on the list. Libba’s Going Bovine is my most favourite story about a boy with mad cow disease going on a roadtrip with a hypochondriac Little Person and a garden gnome who’s the incarnation of Balder, Leviathan is an adventurous romp in an alternate history Europe with a girl passing as a boy so as to Pursue Her Dreams and flying whales versus walking tanks, and I can’t tell you anything about Liar, except that you have to read it right now.
Also, if Justine and Scott pull off a double spouse award, I may just expire of cute.
I do not know the other authors, but I am sure they are terrific! YA has a high terrific people quotient.
Do not forget! There is also the Creative Reading Prize, for the best creative response to any young adult book. Though the Grand Prize (an iPad!) can only be won by someone under 20, entrants and runnerups and spot prize winners can be any age.
Seriously, make Guardian of the Dead icons or write fic and I’ll do a little dance.
*Because I live in Australia and it was published here, etc.