2014 ORCA Winners
Upper Elementary School 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
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.
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)