Indigo Launches Canadian Teen Read Awards

Indigo Books has announced its first-ever Teen Read Awards, a celebration of popular teen fiction as well as the Canadian fans who read and love teen books. According to an Indigo press release, this new awards program aims to provide “a new and exciting platform to support [and] encourage reading and literacy among youth in Canada.”

Earlier this year, publishers were invited to submit nominations for 10 Teen Read Award categories. A panel of teen fiction experts then shortlisted four nominees in each category. From June 22 to September 12, 2010, Canadian teens can cast their votes in store and online at for their favourite shortlisted books, authors and characters.  And, until July 25th, 2010, teens can also recommend and vote for their choice of a fifth nominee in each category.  Each vote makes them eligible to win daily prizes. There are movie tickets, autographed books, and maybe even a Kobo Reader up for grabs.

To vote, you must be between 11–17 years old and a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). If you’re under 15 you’ll need parental consent to vote.

The Indigo 2010 Teen Read Award categories and nominees are:

Best All Time Fave

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Best Book-to-Flick

  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Whip It by Shauna Cross
  • Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Push by Sapphire

Best New Writer

  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Fallen by Kate Lauren
  • Wish by Alexandra Bullen

Best Lip Lock

  • The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
  • Captivate by Carrie Jones
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Greene & David Levithan
  • Sea Change by Aimee Freedman

Best Hottie

  • Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls by L. J.  Smith
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Best Villain

  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
  • The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  • Necromancer by Michael Scott
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Best Hero

  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Curse Workers: White Cat by Holly Black
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Best Canadian Read

  • Darklight by Lesley Livingston
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen

Best Teen Series

  • Pretty Little Liars 8: Wanted by Sara Shepard
  • Blue Bloods: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Burned a House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Spirit Bound a Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead

Best Read

  • Shadowland by Alyson Noel
  • The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The winners will be revealed on September 25th at an awards ceremony in Toronto.

I am very excited about this awards program, and I hope teens will be too. I like how teen-friendly the categories are. They’ve clearly taken a cue from the MTV movie award categories, which I think is terrific. I’m happy to see a category highlighting Canadian reads, but also glad to see a few Canadian titles shortlisted in other categories.

This list gives an excellent snapshot of what’s hot in today’s YA publishing scene.  If you’re just starting to explore the world of YA, this list would be an excellent place to start.

For more information on the inaugural Indigo Teen Read Awards  visit


Posted on June 23, 2010, in YA News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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