The Great Reads Award: A debut YA book award judged by readers, shortlisted by school librarians

SLARI has been setting up a new book award for secondary schools in Ireland to participate in.

We will be communicating with schools about this shortly. The award is for a debut fiction book for young adults and the winners will be elected by reader votes.

We are pleased to announce the shortlist which was decided upon by a working group of SLARI members:


The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill (Little Island 2016 )

The Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (Puffin 2016)

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Corgi 2015)

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (A. Knopf 2016)


The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Flicking 2015)

Weightless /by Sarah Bannan (Bloomsbury 2015)

The Serpent King /by Jeff Zentner (Random House 2016)

Orangeboy /by Patrice Lawrence (Hachette 2016)

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