The Great Reads Award (GRA) 2023 programme is now under way. The GRA team of Aileen Ivory, Breege O’Brien and Anna Cooper invites you to promote and support this School Libraries Group award programme for debut writers of YA fiction now in its ninth year. We aim to promote a feeling of ownership over literature for students, encouraging them to engage critically with novels and display their enthusiasm for reading.
The shortlisted titles are chosen exclusively by members of the school library community and the winners will be unveiled on January 30, 2024, following the reading and voting process undertaken by Irish teenagers across the country. Voting is open until December 15, at https://greatreadsaward.com/rate-your-book/
Members in the public library service are asked to include the shortlisted titles as part of their shelf and Borrowbox stock and online catalogues, in book, ebook and audio book formats; to actively promote the Great Reads Awards; and to encourage the young readers borrowing shortlisted titles to vote for each of the books once they have read them. Promotional materials (bookmarks, posters, author bios and book blurbs) can be downloaded from our web site.
|SHORTLISTED AUTHORS AND TITLES|
|Junior Category||Senior Category|
|Nick Brooks, for Promise Boys||Sam Blake, for Something Terrible Happened Last Night|
|Méabh Collins, for Freya Harte Is Not a Puzzle||Candice Brathwaite, for Cuts Both Ways|
|Amy Clarkin, for What Walks These Halls||Triona Campbell, for A Game of Life or Death|
|Xena Knox, for Sh!t Bag||Jenny Ireland, for The First Move|
|M. J. Sullivan, for Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob||Clara Kumagai, for Catfish Rolling|