Great Reads Award longlist has been revealed
The Great Reads Award is now in its ninth year, with participating schools from all over Ireland taking part each year. One of the few awards where students vote and choose the winning titles, the aim of the award is to encourage enthusiasm, critical thinking and engagement with novels.
This is underpinned by the dedication of school librarians who spend a long time curating the longlist before undertaking a summer of reading to whittle it down to the final ten that appear on the shortlist.
The Great Reads Award is supported by the School Libraries Group at the Library Association of Ireland, Dubray Books, Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, Raven Books, The Book Nest, Interleaf Technology and Bookselling Ireland.
The shortlist will be unveiled on 01 September, with the winners announced in February 2024, following the reading and voting process undertaken by Irish teenagers across the country.
For further information about the award, find out more here.
Nick Brooks for Promise Boys
Meabh Collins for Freya Harte is Not a Puzzle
Amy Clarkin for What Walks These Halls
Anika Hussain for This is How You Fall in Love
Xena Knox for Sh!t Bag
Aislinn O’Loughlin for Big Bad Me
Amara Sage for Influential
Josh Silver for Happy Head
M.J. Sullivan for Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob
Trang Thanh Tran for She is a Haunting
James Acker for The Long Run
Sam Blake for Something Terrible Happened Last Night
Candice Braithwaite for Cuts Both Ways
Triona Campbell for A Game of Life or Death
Sarah Daniels for The Stranded
Jenny Éclair for The Writing on the Wall
Bryony Gordon for Let Down Your Hair
Ravena Guron for This Book Kills
Jenny Ireland for The First Move
Clara Kumagai for Catfish Rolling
Krystal Marquis for The Davenports