Great Reads Awards Shortlist

The School Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland have selected a shortlist of the best debut YA novels for 2021. You can now vote for your favorites! The shortlists are available below.

Junior Shortlist

  • The Deep Blue Between – Ayesha Harruna Attah
  • Pet – Akwaeke Emezi
  • Here the whole time – Victor Martins
  • A Kind of Spark – Elle McNicoll
  • All Our Hidden Gifts – Caroline O’Donoghue

Senior Shortlist

  • What Beauty There Is – Cory Anderson
  • Guard Your Heart – Sue Divin
  • The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
  • The Henna Wars – Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Boys Don’t Cry – Fiona Scarlett

Read as many books on the shortlist as you can! Once read, share your thoughts using the #GRAIrl on social media. To vote for your favorites, visit

The winners of the Junior and Senior categories will be announced in February 2022.

The school which submits the most ratings will also be in with a chance to win a prize! If you would like to take part as a group or class, please email

Posted in 2020/2021, News.