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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

By:  John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson #1 has two rules a) don’t care too much, b) shut up. The things that have gone wrong in his life have stemmed from the times he hasn’t stuck to these rules, like the time he wrote a letter sticking up for his best friend Tiny Cooper the best, and very gay, offensive linebacker in the schools football team. Will and Tiny go way back and at this time in Will’s life this is causing him a few problems.

Will Grayson #2 is in a dark place trying to help his mother, and get through school all while trying to figure out life and his own sexuality. He cuts himself off from as many people as he can. Then one night things go mildly wrong for Will Grayson #1 and terribly wrong for Will Grayson #2 and their worlds collide.

I don’t want to say much more about the plot, except to say writing a musical about your own life is brave or ridiculous at any age, good thing Tiny is…well Tiny.

Will Grayson and Will Grayson have vast differences yet at the same time both struggle with relationships and school. Tiny, who is so much larger than life is what joins them together. Tiny Cooper is a fantastic character who is bound to stay with you long after the last page has been cheered over. The two Will’s provide a wonderful grounding for this story whilst Tiny gives it it’s pizazz. Levithan and Green have come together to give us one hell of a lough out loud, life affirming book. it is a great story, with great characters. It will possibly be the most romantic book you will read all year, but there is nothing schmaltzy about it. There are crushing moments, moments of high hilarity and moments that will resonate with you.

Definitely pick this up. Highly recommended.

Publisher: The Text Publishing Company

Published: 03 May 2010

Format: Paperback 320 pages

Categories: Humour, School, Sexuality

ISBN 13: 9781921656231

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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Inky Awards 2011

Today was the day the short list for the Inky Awards (a choice award for teenagers) was announced. Here it is…

THE GOLD INKY (for an Australian YA book)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

 

 

 

 

 

This Is Shyness by Leanne Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Silvermay by James Moloney

 

 

 

 

 

Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick

 

 

 

 

 

All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield


 

 

 

 

The SILVER INKY (for an international YA book)

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

 

 

 

 

 

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

 

 

 

 

 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

 

The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Where She Went by Gayle Forman


 

 

 

 

A big congrats to all listed authors.

If you are under 20 years of age you can vote for your favourite here. Voting closes midnight October 14 with the winners announced on the 25th.

Inky Awards – Long List

Readers of insideadog.com.au are the ones who get to vote for the Inky Awards, international awards for teenage literature. The Inkys are divided into two categories; the Gold Inky which recognised writing talent that comes from Australia and the Silver Inky for international titles.

The long lists for the Inkys were announced on July 1 and here are the deserving nominees:

GOLD INKY LONG LIST

(Australian titles)

  • Pigboy by  JC Burke
  • Good Oil by Laura Buzo
  • Just a Girl by Jane Caro
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile by Michelle Cooper
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  • This is Shyness by Leanne Hall
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick
  • Silvermay by James Moloney
  • The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

SILVER INKY LONG LIST

(International titles)

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower by YS Lee
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
  • Violence 101 by  Denis Wright
September 1 will see the short list announced and the voting will be open until October 18.
If you would like to know more or find out about this years judges then head over to insideadog.com.au and follow the links.

Children’s Choice Books Awards 2011

The Children’s Choice Books Awards have been handed out in New York. Here are the winners:

•Kindergarten to second grade: Johanna Kerby’s Little Pink Pup.


•Third to fourth grade: Jarrett Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown.

•Fifth to sixth grade: Riordan’s The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles: Book 1).

•Teen: John Green and David Levithan’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Kids voted Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan, as Author of the Year and David Wiesner (Art and Max) was honoured as Illustrator of the Year.

The Children’s Choice Book Award categories and finalists were announced on March 14 and are as follows:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott (Walker)
Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Derek Anderson (Scholastic Press)
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade/ Random House
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby (Putnam/Penguin)
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Little, Brown)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year:
Babymouse # 12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda (Candlewick)
Finally by Wendy Mass (Scholastic Press)
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year:
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
It’s a Book by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic)
Zebrafish by Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Teen Choice Book of the Year:
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan)
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead (Razorbill/Penguin)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton/Penguin)

Author of the Year:
Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) (Scholastic Press)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Amulet/Abrams)
Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) (Disney-Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year:
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique (HarperCollins)
Loren Long for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf/Random House)
Nancy Tillman for Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)
David Wiesner for Art & Max (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

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