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List O Mania: Australia Edition

When it comes to lists, most of the ones I’ve blogged about so far are all US based.

australia 300x300 List O Mania: Australia Edition

What about the lists from other countries? Yes, they can sometimes be frustrating because the books aren’t here yet; but sometimes they are. Or they tell us authors and titles to watch for.

So, from Australia (and thanks to Adele from the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria, for the reminder).

Inky Awards. It is Australia’s first national teen choice awards for young adult literature; more information here. There is a “Golden Inky” for an Australian author; and a “Silver Inky” for an International Author.

From the Center for Youth Literature website, the shortlists; and I’ve noted the winners:

Gold Inky shortlist (Australian novels)

Shift by Em Bailey, Hardy Grant Egmont : the Winner!

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar, Penguin Books Australia

Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner, Harper Collins

Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall, Text Publishing

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams, Puffin Books Australia

Silver Inky shortlist (international novels)

BZRK by Michael Grant, Egmont Books

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Penguin Books : the Winner!

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Hardie Grant. From my review: “Min Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up. She gives him a box: a box, full of objects from the time they dated, from October 5 to November 12. The arty girl (no, don’t call her that) and the jock. Along with the box is a letter, Min’s letter to Ed, explaining — why we broke up. Explaining to Ed, explaining to herself, why they got together and why they broke up. This is Min’s story, her long, glorious, honest letter to Ed about how and why they got together, and fell in love, despite — or maybe because of — being so different. Ed, a jock, popular; Min, who loves old films and coffee with friends.”

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Walker Books. From my review: “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.” One night, a monster visits thirteen year old Conor O’Malley. He will make three more visits to Conor, then demand something in return. The next morning, Conor is not sure whether the visit of the monster yew tree was real or a dream. Real life is nightmare enough. His mother is ill. His father is in America with his new family and rarely visits. His grandmother is formal and distant. At school, he’s the boy whose mother is ill. At best, he’s whispered about. At worst, he’s the target of bullies. And now the monster visits nightly at 12:07. Demanding what Conor cannot give.”


Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards
; for Older Readers, the Winner and Honour Books:Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Hodder. From my review: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone is stunning — I’ve never read anything quite like it. Taylor tells us, up front, “once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” Talk about your spoilers! And this illustrates why spoilers don’t matter — yes, there will be an angel. There will be a devil. They will fall in love; the reader even knows how it will end. The entire plot is given away before the story even begins. Yet, still, the reader turns the pages, wondering, who is the angel? Who is the devil? How do they even meet to fall in love? What does this have to do with Karou, who lives in Prague and meets her best friend for coffee and picks the wrong boyfriend, yet also knocks on a normal-looking door and enters the mysterious workshop of Brimstone, a world where wishes come true for a price, and the price is teeth. Oh, what does Brimstone do with all those teeth.”

Winner: The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner, Allen & Unwin

Honours: A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon, Allen & Unwin and When We Were Two by Robert Newton, Penguin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)

And other CBC Awards to check out at their webpage.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards; the 2012 Winner for Young Adult Fiction was When We Were Two by Robert Newton

The Aurealis Awardfor speculative fiction; the 2012 finalists will be announced in March and the winner by May. The 2011 Young Adult Novel winner was Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon.

 

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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

Comments

  1. Thanks for posting the latest Aussie picks!

    I have a booklist from a land down under. No, really: Booklist: From a Land Down Under. Ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed books set in Australia.

    That reminds me, I STILL need to see the film version of Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. When I read that book, I pictured Anthony LaPaglia as the father…only to discover after I finished reading the book that they’d done a movie adaptation and cast ALP as the father. True story.

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