2013-2014 ORCA NOMINATIONS:
Upper Elementary Division
Abe Lincoln at Last! by Mary Pope Osborne
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens|
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Vanishing Acts by Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt
Zita the Spacegirl: Far from Home by Ben Hatke
Prezi of the Upper Elementary Titles
Upper Elementary Book Talks
Middle School Division
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Mostly True story of Jack by Kelly Regan Barnhill
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Prezi of the Middle School Titles
Middle School Book Talks
High School Division
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Prezi of the High School Titles
High School Book Talks
What is the ORCA?
The Oregon Reader's Choice Award was founded in 2010. The award is intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 4-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. During the course of the school year, Oregon students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process.
How are the books chosen?
Books must be nominated for inclusion on the ORCA ballot. In order to be considered, the book needs to have a copyright date of two years prior to when the ballots are announced. This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year. Oregon students, teachers, and librarians are all able to nominate books. The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators. The committee creates the final ballots based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, reading level, and regional interest.
Who may vote?
Oregon students in grades 3-12. To qualify for voting, the person must have read, or listened to, at least 2 books in one of the divisions.
When does voting take place?
Voting takes place online between March 1-31.
The 2013-2014 ORCA Committee
Stuart Levy (Wood Middle School, Wilsonville)
Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)
Nina Kramer (Albina Library, Portland)
Lisa Elliott (Tigard Public Library)
Teena Nelson (Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City)
Oregon Reading Association (ORA)
Linda Erickson (Briggs Middle School, Springfield)
Tracy Smiles (Western Oregon University)
Karren Timmermans (Pacific University)
OLA’s Childrens Services Division (CSD)
Denise Willms (Willamina Public Library)
Jessica Marie (Salem Public Library)
Rebecca Cohen (Newport Public Library)
Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL)
Kathryn Harmon (Neahkahnie School)
Kiva Liljequist (Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland)
Trey Imfeld (Albany High School)
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
Kira Porton (A Children’s Place Bookstore, Portland)