Announcement: 2022 ORCA Winners & 2023 ORCA Nominees!

The winners of the 2022 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award are:

Grades 3-5: Stargazing by Jen Wang

Grades 6-8: I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Grades 9-12: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki with illustrations by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Congratulations to Jen Wang, Christine Day, and Mariko Tamaki 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 2023 ORCA are:

2023 ORCA nominees for grades 3-5:

  • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte
  • The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents by Kate Messner
  • Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
  • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
  • Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat 
  • Wondrous Rex by Patricia MacLachlen

2023 ORCA nominees for grades 6-8:

  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
  • Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
  • Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz 
  • Efrin Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
  • Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  • Wink by Rob Harrell

2023 ORCA nominees for grades 9-12:

  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
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