At long last, the 2019 Inky Award winners have been announced!
The Inky Awards were established in 2007 to celebrate young adult literature in all its glory. Books from each year are nominated in two categories: the Gold Inky for Australian fiction and the Silver Inky for international fiction.
Best of all, the books are chosen by the public, and Aussie teens aged 12-19 are able to cast their votes in each round in the hopes that their favourite book of the year will make it through.
Scroll down to see the 2019 Inky Award winners!
Gold Inky Award
Whisper by Lynette Noni
“There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.
I’m an anomaly.
I’m a monster.“
For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes… Subject Six-Eight-Four, ‘Jane Doe’, has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word. Life at Lengard follows a strict, torturous routine that has never changed.
When Jane is assigned a new-and unexpectedly kind-evaluator, her resolve begins to crack, despite her best efforts. As she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, Jane discovers that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot …. And one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.
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Gold Inky Shortlist:
- Hive by A.J. Betts
- A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
- Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
- After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
Silver Inky Award
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever … And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.“
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.
As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan…
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Silver Inky Shortlist:
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
- The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Congratulations to the winners and the finalists! Find out more about the Inky Awards and Inside a Dog here.
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