The Inky Award Winners were announced recently. We had both of these books in our library but neither were great favorites with our students. Those that did read the novel Town, however, really enjoyed the Australianess of the story.
The INKYS are a choice award for teenagers (12-18 year olds).and they are the ones who alone cast the votes.
The Golden Inky winner: Town by James Roy
Some reviews for Town can be found on the: CMIS site and Insideadog site.Town has done very well in 2008 by also winning the $30,000 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s Awards.
The Silver Inky winner: Before I die by Jenny Downham
An Interview with Jenny Downham (NY Times)
The Creative Reading Prize: Awarded to Jessica Yu
The 2008 shortlisted books for the Inky awards can be found here
The earlier 2008 longlist is here
The process to choose the inky award winners was as follows:
A longlist of 10 Australian books and 10 International books was selected by the Centre for Youth Literature. This longlist was then be read by a panel of six judges, who whittled the list down to six books (3 Australian, 3 International). Then, on 12 September, voting opened on Insideadog and via SMS. The 2008 winners were announced on Thursday 6 November. The winning Australian book received the Golden Inky and a cash prize, and the International winner received the Silver Inky.
The voting system: Young people could vote either by SMS or online at www.insideadog.com.au. They did not need to register or ‘join’ in order to vote, but they did need to submit a valid email address. Each person could only vote twice – once for the Golden Inky and once for the Silver Inky. Every attempt was made to prevent multiple votes. The Australian and International books with the most votes were the winners.