The Great Reads Awards Shortlist Announced! | Guest Bloggers | Flourish and Blogs

Olivia Hope

Now in its 9th year, the Great Reads Award is supported by the School Libraries Group at the Library Association of Ireland,  Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, Raven Books, The Book Nest, Interleaf Technology and Bookselling Ireland. Selecting the best debut across Young Adult Senior and  Junior categories of 2023, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist:

Junior Category

  • Nick Brooks for Promise Boys
  • Méabh Collins for Freya Harte is Not a Puzzle
  • Amy Clarkin for What Walks These Halls
  • Xena Knox for Sh!t Bag
  • M. J. Sullivan for Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob

Senior Category

  • Sam Blake for Something Terrible Happened Last Night
  • Candice Brathwaite for Cuts Both Ways
  • Triona Campbell for A Game of Life or Death
  • Jenny Ireland for The First Move
  • Clara Kumagai for Catfish Rolling

Voting is open immediately, and until December 15th – vote here!

The winners will be unveiled on January 30th 2024, following the reading and voting process undertaken by Irish teenagers across the country. 

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The Great Reads Award has been running for eight years, with more and more participating schools – from all over Ireland – taking part each year.  One of the very few awards where students themselves vote and choose the winning titles, 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.

Our annual award ceremony also offers the chance for students to engage with  books, writing, illustration, and other cultural touchstones by being given the opportunity to communicate and interact with those attending the presentation event. 

All of this is underpinned by the dedication of Irish School Librarians, who as part of the School Library Group of the Library Association of Ireland, conceived of, and run, this award.

Huge congratulations to the shortlisted authors and we wish them the best of luck on their Great Reads Award journey.

Find us at and on social on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @thegreatreadsaward.  If you have a review or comment on our super longlist, do use the Hashtags #GRAirl and #GRAirl23

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