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Oregon Young Reader's Choice Award

posted Oct 2, 2011, 2:48 PM by   [ updated Oct 2, 2011, 3:00 PM ]
Each year students in Oregon nominate their favorite books for The Oregon Young Reader's Choice Award.  The nominees for the Senior Division (high school) for the 2011-2012 school year are:
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  • Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

  • Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

  • The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey

Stop by the Library and read these books before April 2012.  Anyone who reads at least three of the novels will be eligible to vote for their favorite.

View this presentation and watch a book trailer for each nominated title:

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 disciminating 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 4-12. 

When does voting take place?
Voting is open through March 31st