Welcome to the ‘GRA’ award, a brand new award judged by young Irish readers to reward brilliant début YA novels. The two shortlists (one for the junior award, the other for the senior award) were established by 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.
Voting forms and online voting links are on the “Rating Forms” page of the website; to help young people cast their votes, the GRA website provides handy critical thinking sheets over here. The school submitting most ratings will get a prize. The deadline is January 12 2017.