Announcement: 2021 ORCA Nominees!

Hello, everyone! COVID-19 has certainly turned things a bit upside-down for everyone, and that included ORCA. We will announce the 2021 winners in June, but meanwhile, we wanted to share the 2021 nominees with you! We hope you enjoy these titles as much as we do.

Upper Elementary (grades 3-5):
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead and Nicholas Gannon
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Knights vs.
Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Melissa Iwai

Middle School Division (grades 6-8):
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Last by Katherine Applegate
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

High School Division (grades 9-12):
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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It’s time for Oregon kids and teens to vote for the 2020 ORCA!

4/13/20: Given that Oregon schools are engaging with students through remote learning, we are extending ORCA voting through June 15. Also, since the Oregon Library Association spring conference has been canceled, we will share the winners and new 2020-21 lists by virtual means.

It’s time to vote for the 2020 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award! Students in grades 3-12 who have read two or more books in any of the three divisions may vote for their favorite in that division. Votes can be submitted by teachers or librarians using the school- and library-wide voting form. Students can also directly vote using the student form. Please have them submitted by the end of the day on June 15th. Voting ballots can be found under the Resources tab on this blog’s navigation bar. Winners will be announced virtually, along with next year’s nominees. Voting is open from March 5 – June 15. Questions, comments, etc. can be sent to orca@olaweb.org. Thank you for participating and promoting ORCA to your students and patrons!

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Time to nominate titles for the 2021 ORCA!

02/15/2020 Update: Nominations are now closed. We are excited the announce the 2020-2021 lists in April!

We would love your suggestions for titles you think would make great nominees for the 2020-2021 ORCA lists! Click here and nominate your favorite books that were published in 2018.

 

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The winners of the 2019 ORCA and nominees for the 2020 ORCA have been announced!

The winners of the 2019 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award were announced at the Oregon Library Association – Washington Library Association conference in Vancouver, WA. The winners are:

Upper Elementary: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, #1)

Middle School: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (Track, #1)

High School: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Nominees for the 2020 ORCA were also announced. They are:

Upper Elementary Division (grades 3-5):
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris and Lane Smith
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Middle School Division (grades 6-8):
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale
Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Restart by Gordon Korman
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

High School Division (grades 9-12):
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

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It’s time for Oregon kids and teens to vote for the 2019 ORCA!

Voting is now closed. Thank you for submitting votes for the 2019 winners!

It’s time to vote for the 2019 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award! Students in grades 3-12 who have read two or more books in any of the three divisions may vote for their favorite in that division. Votes can be submitted by teachers or librarians using the form here. Please have them submitted by the end of the day on March 31st. Voting ballots and signs can be found under the Resources tab on this blog’s navigation bar. Please tally your school or library’s results and report them using the form below. Winners will be announced at the Oregon Library Association’s spring conference on April 20, 2019, along with next year’s nominees. Voting is open from March 1-31. Questions, comments, etc. can be sent to orca@olaweb.org. Thank you for participating and promoting ORCA to your students and patrons!

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Time to nominate titles for the 2020 ORCA!

03/01/2019 Update: Nominations are now closed. We are excited the announce the 2019-2020 lists in April!

We would love your suggestions for titles you think would make great nominees for the 2019-2020 ORCA lists! Click here and nominate your favorite books that were published in 2017.

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The winners of the 2018 ORCA and nominees for the 2019 ORCA have been announced!

The winners of the 2018 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award were announced at the Oregon Library Association’s spring conference in Eugene. The winners are:

Upper Elementary: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

 

 

 

 

Middle School: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

 

 

 

High School: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

 

 

 

Nominees for the 2019 ORCA were also announced. They are:

Upper Elementary division (grades 3-5):
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm
Compass South by Hope Larson
The Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Middle School division (grades 6-8)
Booked by Kwame Alexander
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
My Seventh Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin
Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

High School division (grades 9-12):
The Reader by Traci Chee
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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