The Inky Awards are Australia’s only YA award completely selected by teenagers. The shortlist is created by our dedicated team of teen Inky Awards judges, which is then open to voting by Australian teenagers aged 12-19.
Here are the titles they have selected as the Inky Award winning books of 2018:
2018 Gold Inky Award Winner
For Adam Auttenberg, hospital is like a second home. With Tess, AJ, and Rachael by his side, it’s even bearable. Facing the toughest challenge of his life, all Adam has to help him are his friends. But will they be enough? This story describes the life of a cancer patient in a way that few other young adult books do, focusing not just on living with cancer, but going through it, with the help of patience, love and friendship. Paper Cranes Don’t Fly isthe debut title from Peter Vu. Peter was six years old when he was diagnosed with a brainstem glioma. It was after the life-changing experience of his last surgery in Year 10 that he was led to write Paper Cranes Don’t Fly. He is currently a student, living in Melbourne with his parents and three siblings, and has ambitions of one day becoming a full-time writer.
2018 Silver Inky Award Winner
The Hate U Give is the debut title from US author Angie Thomas. Angie was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she recently won a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. It is now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox due for release in Australia on 1 January 2019.
Many thanks to our tireless Inky Awards judges – Thi, Fahma, Thomas, Sylvia, Alina, Siyan, Luca and Charlie – for all their hard work creating the shortlist. The biggest thanks of all goes to the teens all over Australia who voted on their favourite #LoveOzYA and international YA titles of the past year.