ORCA Winners and Nominees

The 2015 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award winners were announced today at the Oregon Library Association conference in Eugene.  The winners are:

Upper Elementary Division

oneandonlyivanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Middle School Division

ungiftedUngifted by Gordon Korman

High School Division

faultThe Fault in our Stars by John Green

Nominees for the 2016 ORCA were also announced.  They are:

Upper Elementary Division

True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Middle School Division
Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and A Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Brotherhood by Anne Westrick

High School Division
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Boys in the Boat:Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The Living by Matt de la Pena

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Reality Boy by A.S. King

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


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2015 Voting

Voting for the 2015 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award is now closed.  Thank you to all the readers who voted and all the librarians and teachers who made it possible.  A shout out goes to the schools and libraries listed below.  If you don’t see your organization in the list, please email orca@olaweb.org as soon as possible.  Winners will be announced on April 17 at the Oregon Library Association conference and on this blog and the ORCA website.

Albina Library Mabe Rush Elementary School
Athey Creek Middle School Marshfield High School
Beaverton City Library McBride Elementary
Beaverton City Library Metropolitan Learning Center
Bellview Elementary School MLA
Bethany Elementary Naas Elementary School
Beverly Cleary School Nancy Ryles Elementary
Boones Ferry Primary Newport Intermediate School
Boring Middle School Newport Public Library
Canyonville School North Bay Elementary
Capitol Hill Library North Bend High School
Cathedral School North Bend Middle School
Chapman Elementary Oak Grove Elementary
Clear Lake Elementary Portland Jewish Academy
Coffenberry Middle School Pringle Elementary
Crescent Valley High School Rainier Jr/Sr High School
East Orient Elementary School Raleigh Hills
Eastwood Elementary Roosevelt Elementary School
Edgewood Community Elementary School Rosedale Elementary
Edy Ridge Elementary Rural Dell Elementary
Eugene Public Library Salem Public Library
Farmington View Elementary Sandy High School
Gearhart Elementary Spencer Butte Middle School
Glencoe Elem St. Ignatius School
Highland Elementary School St. Pius X School
Holcomb Elementary Stella Mayfield Elementary, Elgin High School and Elgin Public Library
Howard Elementary School Stephenson Elementary
Imlay Elementary School Straub Middle School
Jackson Tigard Public Library
Kelly Creek Elementary Tri-City Elementary
Laurel Ridge Middle School Vestal K8
Ledding Library Warrenton Grade School
Lewis Elementary School Winchester Elementary School
Logos Charter School Wood Middle School

Middleton Elementary

Bolton Primary School


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Vote for your 2015 favorites

It’s time to vote for your favorite books!  Paper ballots can be found on both the blog and the ORCA website.  Tallied votes can be submitted here.  Please enter them by April 3.  Winners will be announced at the Oregon Library Association conference in April.

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Nominations and Votes

There are just a few more days to nominate titles for the 2016 ORCA.  The last day for nominations is February 28. So far over 100 titles have been nominated, and the committee is busy reading away.

The form to submit your votes for the 2015 ORCA winners will be available March 1-31.

Please send us your pictures and stories about your ORCA year, and we’ll post them.



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2015 ORCA Titles

It’s getting close to time to vote for the 2015 ORCA winner and to nominate the 2016 titles.   Send us what you’ve been doing and we’ll post it!

Nominations for the 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Award titles open on January 1, 2015.

Which titles can be nominated? Titles for the 2016 ORCA need a 2013 copyright date.  This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year.

Who can nominate titles?  Oregon students, this is your chance to nominate your favorites.  Oregon teachers and librarians are also eligible to nominate titles.

How long is the nomination link open?  The link will be open from January 1 until February 28, 2015.

Then what happens?  The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators.  The committee selects the final titles based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, reading level, and regional interest.

Nominate a title by clicking here.

Voting for the 2015 Oregon Readers Choice Award runs March 1-31, 2015.

Oregon students in grades 4-12 can vote if they have read or listened to at least 2 books in one of the divisions.

2016 titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Convention in April and posted on the ORCA website.

2015 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


Participating Schools (60)
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (Medford School District 549C)
Astor Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Bethany Elementary School (Beaverton School District)
Boones Ferry Primary School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Bridlemile K-5 (Portland Public Schools)
Briggs Middle School (Springfield School District, #19)
Brookwood Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Canby High School (Canby School Dist.)
Candalaria Elementary (Salem-Keizer School District)
Cathedral School (Portland Archdiocese)
Chapman ES (Portland Public Schools)
Christ the King Catholic School (Portland Archdiocese)
Coffenberry (South Umpqua School District)
East Orient Elementary School (Gresham Barlow School District)
East Sylvan Middle School (Portland Public Schools)
Edgewood Community Elementary School (Eugene 4J School District)
Edy Ridge Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Eugene Public Library (Eugene 4J School District)
Farmington View Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Forest Hills Elementary (Lake Oswego School District)
Gearhart Elementary (Seaside District #10)
Glencoe Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
High Desert Middle School (Bend La Pine)
Highland Elementary (Grants Pass School District #7)
Holcomb Elementary (Oregon City School District)
Hopkins Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Howard Elementary (Eugene 4J School District)
Howard Elementary (Medford School District 549C)
Hucrest Elementary (Roseburg School District)
Imlay Elementary School (Hillsboro School District)
Inza R. Wood Middle School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Kelly Creek Elementary (Gresham Barlow School District)
Kennedy Elementary (Medford School District 549C)
Kennedy Middle School (Eugene 4J School District)
Laurel Ridge Middle School (Sherwood School District)
Lewis Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Llewellyn Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Mabel Rush Elementary School (Newberg School District)
Marshfield High School (Coos Bay School District)
Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton School District)
Middleton Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Myers Elementary (Salem-Keizer School District)
Nancy Ryles Elementary (Beaverton School District)
North Bend High School (North Bend School District)
North Salem High School (Salem-Keizer School District)
Portland Jewish Academy (Private)
Rainier Junior Senior High School (Rainier School District)
Roosevelt Elementary School (Medford School District 549C)
Rosedale Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Rosemont Ridge Middle School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Sandy High School (Oregon Trail School District)
Sexton Mountain Elementary (Beaverton School District)
Spencer Butte Middle School (Eugene 4J School District)
St. Ignatius School (Portland Archdiocese)
St. Pius X (Portland Archdiocese)
Stephenson Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Straub Middle School (Salem-Keizer School District)
Sunset School (Coos Bay School District)
Terra Linda Elementary (Beaverton School District)
Winchester Elementary School (Roseburg School District)

Participating Libraries
Beaverton City Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)
Belmont Library (Multnomah County Library)
Forest Grove City Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)
Ledding Library (Library Information Network of Clackamas County)
Salem Public Library (Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service)
Tigard Public Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)

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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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