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The 2016 Inky Awards Winners have been released!

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Gold Inky Award Winner 2016
Australian Books

'Illuminae'
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Silver Inky Award Winner 2016
International Books

'I'll Give You the Sun'
by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

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The CBCA Winners for 2016 have been announced!

Older Readers

Fiona Wood has won the 2016 CBCA Older Readers award for her book, Cloud Wish.

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For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar.

Vân Uoc doesn't believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas - or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.

But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.

Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.

Wishes were not a thing.

They were not.

Correction.

Wishes were a thing.

Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.

Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!

Were they?

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New Young Adult Fiction Reviews

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

If you love graphic Novels and superhero stuff then you’ll enjoy this story. It’s about a small town girl called Alba who is stuck between school and Uni at Christmas time with all her friends when the end of the world is predicted by an internet guru. According to the guru their hick town is the only place that will be spared. This news kicks off a big invasion of hippies and religious fanatics to Alba’s town. Alba is an artist and wants to write her own graphic novel with her own creation Cinnamon-Girl! (part superher/part ordinary girl). She’s stuck with her superhero though, Cinnamon Girl is always looking angry lately, and her friends are acting funny and why does her best friend Grady keep disappearing? Why is everyone so eager for it all to change? Is the world really going to end? I liked this book, it was a fun read. Buuuut, as a fan of graphic novels I was really disappointed that their wasn’t a graphic novel 10 page spread in the back or even a couple of character pages which are described in the book. I really wanted more of the art! It has a great cover and I really thought some more art would have made the book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is your typical fangirl and she is in the middle of writing a huge Simon Snow fanfiction when it is time to leave for college. Her and her twin sister Wren used to spend hours in their room writing their perfect love story, whereas now, Wren has grown out of her obsession, but Cath is still in love with her favourite series and continues to write chapters in her fanfiction for thousands of online readers. College is a huge change for her, so big that she rations out her energy bars because she hasn’t asked anyone where the dining hall is. Wren, being Cath’s only friend, decides to take a new path and chooses a dorm room without Cath, who is left with a rude roommate and her roommate’s overly excited “boyfriend”. She struggles to find her footing in her new environment with her only escape being her writing. Throughout the book, Cath unintentionally meets new people, finds her voice and learns more about herself.

This book is a must for teens and geeks now. It explores growing, changing relationships, the fear of making friends and of course, fan-culture. Fangirl is in so many ways relatable with bits of romance, humour and in some parts fantasy you won’t be bored. The book has lovable characters that you can’t help but get attached to. Fangirl will have you desperately wanting to read Cath’s fanfiction, joining the fandom and coming back for more. You might even write your own fanfiction!

Reviewer: Ava H

Half Bad by Sally Green

Witches- ‘good’; (white) and ‘bad’, (black) – rule their world unknown by Fains- (humans). Black witches are hunted by the white witches and their Hunters. Nathan is a Half-white half-black witch and is barely tolerated by his nasty half-sister Jessica, and totally shunned in the white witch community. He’s waiting for his Black witch father, in fact everyone is, the White council wants his father dead and Nathan is the bait. This book is actually more about oppression by a ruling class than magic. There’s loads of torture and dark stuff in this book. If it wasn’t such a page turner I’d have run a mile from it. So very dark, but very good. Try it if you dare.

The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim

I don’t know what to say except: Read this book! It’s the best thing that’s happened to me this year. It’s a bizarre book about astrology; stalking; mystery; murder and a big school assignment to get finished no matter what. Yes, you could get lost in this book. I particularly like that the main character Avicenna has a terrible facial scar and it’s not really what the book focuses on, it’s just who she is. Avincenna’s mother goes missing right at the start of the book and it’s a mystery that Avincenna knows is up to her to solve. Avincenna is a wonderful character she’s a bit rude, gutsy, and very sharp. I think I won’t say much more, no spoilers!

Are you seeing me? by Darren Groth

This book is written from both sides by a pair of 19 year old twins on their last holiday together a year after the death of their father. Perry has a brain condition which makes him behave antisocially and his long suffering carer and sister Justine must repeat this to strangers again and again. Their mother abandoned them when they were young so they are alone and just have each other. Justine has a surprise for Perry, their trip to America is more than a holiday. I really enjoyed this book but I found it difficult to get into the sections written in Perry’s voice. I think the Justine sections are brilliant though, it’s well worth reading.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This book was a huge hit, movie rights were sold, blah, blah, blah. So I was looking forward to it and my expectations were high. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed; don’t get me wrong, it’s still a pretty good read, but not really, really, good. So. It’s got a pretty good beginning; there are nine alien refugees from their stolen home planet. Number Four and his protector are waiting for his superpowers to kick in. He has to keep ahead of the evil aliens hunting him and his fellow aliens so he has to keep a low profile. Then number Three dies and he knows they’re hunting him next. Because they have to die in order. Because of the, um, magic. But the magic can’t completely protect them, noooo that would be too easy. They can still die, but only in an orderly numbered fashion, (what?). Yep. So the magic part is a little weak, but it’s still a good fun read with loads of fight scenes and super powers.

Yu-gi-oh Zexal by Shin Yoshida

Yu-gi-oh Zexal is a Japanese anime and manga series and is the third main spin off series in yu gi oh. The anime has 3 seasons and the story is very easy to follow. One common thing in some anime and manga is that sometimes the manga doesn’t follow the anime. Yu Gi Oh Zexel is one such manga. The manga is written by Shin Yoshida and illustrated by Naohito Miyoshi. The main character is a boy named Yuma Tsukimo he is a warm hearted boy and he dreams big but sometimes his ego goes a little too far.

Along with his friends they attend heartland academy where augmented reality duals are the big thing. It is through Yuma’s dueling that he encounters astral a being from the astral world and together they form a close friendship and a new legend begins.

Reviewer: Christina R

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

If you are looking for a no-brainer fun read then look no further. This book makes no demands on the reader allowing you to drift along the fashion-writer road while the main character Josie gets into and out of trouble along the way.

I think the author missed an opportunity when the article which changed Josie’s career is talked up, (amazing etc.) - but then the article isn’t included in the book. A little bit of romance thrown in too, perfect for reading on a beach, on a couch or under the covers with a flashlight.

Planes Runner, Everness Book 1 by Ian McDonald

Steam punk meets parallel world thriller? Yes, please! Everett Singh’s dad is kidnapped right in front of him by shady types. So what does he do?

He goes on the hunt to find his dad through mysterious hints and strange new technologies which turn out to allow people to parallel world jump- of course.

Everett must stay ahead of the other ‘interested parties’ which want his dad’s technology for their own ends along the way he jumps to another earth, meets The Airish and makes a dangerous friend.

There’s airships, there’s fights, there’s heaps of action, so much fun.

The Protected by Claire Zorn

This is a really fantastic read. I read it all in one night, it was unputdownable! The main character is hiding things so you only gradually discover what happened to her sister(no spoilers here), why her family is a mess, who the awful kids at school are and why they are so, so very awful. (The bullying is nightmare inducing).

It’s a story about loss and bullying and grief and a whole lot of BIG ideas, but that’s not why you should read it. You should read it because it’s really great, the character Hannah is likeable and smart and again great, but crushed by her life.

It’s about things getting better. I loved it. I hope you love it too.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

What do you do when you’ve died and have your cryogenically frozen head reattached to a donor body five years after everyone who’s ever known you has moved on?

This is the question answered by the book Noggin and it’s not the ridiculous read you might expect. I thought it would be a comedy, it’s not.

I thought I would have trouble with the idea of someone wandering around with someone else’s body. It was surprisingly easy to get past.

This is a great story, it’s about friends moving on without you and how to deal with someone you love who doesn’t quite love you back anymore.

It’s about your family being weird and finding a new life when your old one isn’t there anymore. This is an awesome idea with real depth. Loved it!

Spark by Rachael Craw

Futuristic genetically modified super assassins? Check! Equally terrifying super bodyguards with weird telepathic bonds with the person they are compelled to protect?

Check! Evil shadow corporation trying to cover up a botched medical experiment? Check! Well you know what happens next, don’t you?

A fun, zippy ride through wild action scenes and mysterious plot twists. They’re even some romance between mysterious (naturally), hot-guy and bewildered hot-girl dealing-with-new-powers = Fun, fun, fun.

The Other Side of Nowhere by Steven Johnston

This book was clearly aimed at the teen guy. There’s a yacht, there’s the best friend who grunts instead of using that new-fangled thing all the kids call LANGUAGE.

There’s a mysterious island, a shipwreck and storm and then it all goes to hell.

I can tell you the token girl is really annoying, so cool and fit and together and insightful and, and, and… not believable. She must be a cyborg. The storm is great, so scary.

The main character Johnno is a moron who irritates all his friends and has an amazing younger fitter brother who puts poor Johnno in the shade.

I can’t say this read set my world on fire, but perhaps you are a teen guy and will get all the jokes that passed me by?

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