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2019 Inky Award Winners

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 2019:

2019 Gold Inky Award Winner

Whisper by Lynette Noni.

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster. 

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

2019 Silver Inky Award Winner

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Many thanks to our wonderful Inky Awards judges –Zitong, Alisa, Fred, Marlees, Krisha, Kiara, Catalina and Juliette– for all the reading and deliberating in 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. Your teen voice is valued and heard!