2015 ORCA Titles

Here they are, the titles chosen by this year’s committee from the list of books nominated   by students and teachers from around the state.

Upper Elementary

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Middle School

Storybound by Marissa Burt
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport


High School

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Committee members
Nina Kramer – Chair
Elizabeth LaShomb Christley – Oregon Young Adult Network
Lisa Elliott – Oregon Young Adult Network
Kathryn Harmon – Oregon Association of School Librarians
Melanie Hetrick – OLA Childrens Services Division
Beth LaForce – Oregon Reading Association
Marie LeJeune – Oregon Reading Association
Kiva Liljequist- Oregon Association of School Librarians
Jessica Marie – OLA Childrens Services Division
Teena Nelson – Oregon Young Adult Network
Laurie Nordahl- Oregon Association of School Librarians
Kira Porton – Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
Karren Timmermans – Oregon Reading Association
Denise Willms – OLA Childrens Services Division

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2014 ORCA Voting Results

This year we held the 4th annual Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, co-sponsored by 3 OLA divisions (OASL, CSD, OYAN), along with the Oregon Reading Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

This year there were 2635 students who read the books and voted for for the award. We had about 60 schools participate, representing 23 school districts, the Portland Archdiocese, and independent private schools. We also had 6 public libraries participate, representing 4 library districts. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA homepage.

Upper Elementary (Junior) Division Winner, out of 1831 votes

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Middle School (Intermediate) Division Winner, out of 487 votes

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

High School (Senior) Division Winner, out of 253 votes

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I would like to thank all of the libraries and schools that participated, plus the members of the ORCA committee for making all of this happen. I do firmly believe that this award has proven to be a great program to promote reading among children and young adults throughout the state. The 2014-2015 ORCA committee will soon select the nominees for the 2014 award, and those will also be posted on the ORCA website shortly. I do hope that all of you will help to promote the ORCA to Oregon youths where you can.


Stuart Levy

2012-2014 ORCA Chair

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Nominate books for the 2015 ORCA

Throughout the month of March students in Oregon can vote for their favorite ORCA books. Check with your local library or school for ballots. As long as you have read at least 2 books in any one division, you are allowed to vote.

If you are a school or a library, here are links to paper ballots that you can use.
Once you have your final votes tallied, you can submit them here.

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The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award was started in 2010 as a way for Oregon children and young adults to read high quality, popular books and select the best of the best.

Use the links above to view the nominees for the 2013-2014 school year.  You can also post your comments about the books after you have read them.  After reading, or listening to, 2 or more books from one of the lists, you will be able to vote for your favorite book between March 1 and March 31, 2014.

The winners for the 2012-13 school year are:
Junior (Upper Elementary) Division: Meanwhile: Pick Any Path, 3856 Story Possibilities by Jason Shiga
Intermediate (Middle School) Division: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Senior (High School) Division: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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