Announcement: 2021 ORCA Winners and 2022 ORCA Nominees!

The winners of the 2021 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award were announced at the Oregon Library Association annual conference on 4/22/2021. The winners are…

Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5): Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Middle School (Grades 6-8): Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

High School (Grades 9-12): The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Congratulations to Kelly Yang, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Elizabeth Acevedo for their wonderful stories, and thank you to all of the Oregon kids and teens who voted for their favorite ORCA title!

Nominees for the 2022 ORCA were also announced. They are:

Grades 3-5:

  • The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Society #4) by Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles with illustrations by Hatem Aly
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang
  • The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander with illustrations by Kadir Nelson

Grades 6-8:

  • The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman 
  • Free Lunch by Rex Ogle
  • Gabi & Sal Break the Universe (Gabi and Sal #1) by Carlos Hernandez
  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
  • Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Grades 9-12:

  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki with illustrations by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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