The Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2021 Winner


We are thrilled to announce that Future Girl by Asphyxia is the winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize for 2021!

The Readings Young Adult Book Prize recognises and celebrates new voices in Australian Young Adult literature. This year the Prize was judged by a panel of Readings staff and were joined by Erin Gough, author and 2018 Readings YA Prize-winner, to decide the winner.

Asphyxia commented: 'I am so thrilled to learn that I am the winner of the Readings YA Book Prize 2021! What an incredible honour. Readings has long been my favourite bookshop, where I have spent many happy hours browsing, being inspired, and buying books, and it is so special to have my book honoured in this way. I am very touched to read the words of the judges too – they meant a lot to me. For me, the best thing about winning is knowing that more people are likely to read Future Girl, and that the world might be a slightly better place for Deaf people as a result.’

More information about the prize can be found here.

Future Girl

by Asphyxia

Future Girl explores what it means to come of age as a Deaf teenager, against the backdrop of a near-future Melbourne on the brink of environmental catastrophe.

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