The Great Reads Award, run by the School Library Association in the Republic of Ireland, was set up by a group of school librarians working in a variety of Irish second level schools who are passionate about introducing students to great books.
The aim of the award is to highlight new authors and diversify the reading of young adults. It’s also an opportunity for students to voice their enthusiasm about good writing for their age group at a time during the school year when examinations are less pressing.
The GRA organizers are now looking for nominations. The books have to answer the following criteria:
(a) Fiction with YA protagonists;
(b) Published between January 2016 and May 2017;
(c) Début authors to fiction or established authors who are new to the YA scene;
(d) Works written in English or translated into English (this includes authors who may have already published YA works in their own language but were translated into English for the first time.) Submissions must be suggested to a school librarian for consideration or to firstname.lastname@example.org