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Inkys 2012

In Victorian school libraries, one of the highlights of the year is the release of the list of books selected for the Inkys – an award for young adult literature. This prize is run  by the Centre of Youth Literature and the winners are voted for by the young adult readers themselves. The Gold Inky is awarded to an Australian author, and the Silver Inky is awarded to an international author. The list is always a very good indication of what young adults are choosing to read themselves. There is another wonderful selection this year, covering a good range of different genres – all of the titles are a very good example of their own particular genre. Have a look at the list on the website insideadog to see the complete list. The book that I am thrilled to see make it on to the shortlist this year, is “A Monster Calls”, by Patrick Ness.  It has already won the 2012 Carnegie Prize for writing and the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. This book is a completely exquisite package – the story is very beautiful and very moving, and the accompanying illustrations compliment it perfectly. The story is about a young boy, Connor, who is about 13 and whose life has been thrown upside down. His mother is being treated for cancer and so his grandmother wants him to leave his own home to stay with her. As well as all this, Connor is trying to establish some sort of relationship with his estranged father. One night, Connor is visited by a monster who wants to tell him three stories. The story has a delightful fable like quality and I hope that it will become one of our modern classics.

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