“Future Girl” wins the Readings YA 2021 book award
Asphyxia won the Readings 2021 Young Adult Book Award for her novel Future Girl (AT).
Asphyxia’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six nominees for the $ 3,000 prize, which considers first and second works of fiction and memory for young adults, with the aim of promoting and supporting an emerging Australian writer and to celebrate Australian youth books.
Future Girl was chosen as the winner by a jury made up of author Erin Gough and Readings booksellers Bianca Looney, Kealy Siryj, Xiao-Xiao Kingham and Cindy Morris.
Future Girl, which draws on Asphyxia’s experience as a deaf person, tells the story of Piper, a deaf girl living in the near future in Melbourne. The judges said that “the novel’s format invites the reader into Piper’s vivid art journal, where every page is adorned with color illustrations.”
‘Future Girl offers something completely unique, occupying a space between the graphic novel and the novel, ”said the judges. “Her detailed illustrations explore Piper’s experiences as she learns to navigate an auditory world that still fails to accommodate her. Her coming of age story, as she embraces Deaf culture and learns to raise her voice to define her own space in the world, is simply enlightening and powerful.
Asphyxia said she was thrilled to win the award from her favorite bookstore and was touched by the judges’ words. “The best thing about winning is knowing that more people are likely to read Future Girl, and that the world could be a slightly better place for Deaf people as a result. ‘
For more information on the price, see the Reading blog.
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