Oregon Readers Choice Awards 2018 Winners and 2019 Nominations Melanie Hetrick, Tillamook County Library Kiva Liljequist, Metropolitan Learning Center (Portland) MacKenzie Ross, Beaverton City Library What is ORCA? Founded in 2010. Fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 312 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. Students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process. How are the books chosen?
Oregon students, teachers, and librarians may nominate titles. Copyright date must be three years prior to when the winners are announced. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of Oregon librarians, educators, and booksellers. Committee creates the final list! Committee Members Chair: Kiva Liljequist (Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland) Jen Blair (Beaverton School District) Billie Bloebaum (Third Street Books, McMinnville) Anna Bruce (Happy Valley Library) Grace Butler (Whitman Elementary School, Portland) Melanie Hetrick (Tillamook County Library)
Elizabeth Johnson (Corvallis-Benton County Public Library) Beth LaForce (George Fox University, Newberg) Lori Lieberman (West Sylvan Middle School, Portland) Jessica Marie (Salem Public Library) Laurie Nordahl (North Bend High School) MacKenzie Ross (Beaverton City Library) Bekah Westmark (Coos Bay Public Library) And the winners are... 2018 Upper Elementary Winner Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Newbery Honor Oregon Spirit Book Award for Graphic Novel Also by Author: Alls Faire in Middle School
Readalikes: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm El Deafo by Cece Bell Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Author Website: http://www.victoriajamieson.com/ 2018 Middle School Winner The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Newbery Medal Honor E.B. White Read Aloud Award Honor Sequel: The War I Finally Won Readalikes: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
Author Website: https://kimberlybrubakerbradleycom.wordpress.com/ Educators Guide: www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WarThatSaved MyLife_Guide_15_4p_LR.pdf 2018 High School Winner Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Author and for Young Adult Fiction Also by Author: The Sun Is Also a Star Readalikes: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley One by Sarah Crossan
Author Website: http://www.nicolayoon.com/ 2018 Upper Elementary Voting 2018 Middle School Voting 2018 High School Voting 2019 Upper Elementary Nominations The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Awards and Lists:
NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal Next in Series: The Wild Robot Escapes Other books by the author: My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not), Children Make Terrible Pets, Creepy Carrots, The Curious Garden, Flight of the Dodo Readalikes:
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones Hatchet by Gary Paulsen The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart Awards and Lists: Texas Bluebonnet Award 2017-2018 Starred Reviews: Booklist
Also by author: The Honest Truth, Scar Island Readalikes: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk When the Sea Turned To Silver by Grace Lin Wildwood by Colin Meloy One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson Author Website: http://dangemeinhart.com/
Fun fact: Dan is a school librarian in Wenatchee, Washington! Garveys Choice by Nikki Grimes Awards and Lists: ALA Notable Childrens Book Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year list Booklist: Top 10 Diverse Fiction List Starred Reviews: School Library Journal, School Library Connection, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Media Connection
Also by author: Bronx Masquerade, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, Dark Sons, Poems in the Attic, Words With Wings, Meet Danitra Brown, The Road to Paris, Jasmins Notebook, Talkin About Bessie, and many more. Readalikes: Beanball by Gene Fehler Love That Dog by Sharon Creech Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm Awards and Lists: 2017 Scott ODell Historical Fiction Award A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016 Starred reviews: Shelf Awareness, Horn Book, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly Other books by author: The Fourteenth Goldfish, Our Only May Amelia, The Trouble With May Amelia, Turtle in Paradise, Boston Jane series, Babymouse series, Squish series, The Creek, Middle School is Worse
Than Meatloaf, Sunny Side Up, Swing It Sunny, Penny From Heaven Readalikes: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm Wish by Barbara OConnor The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett Author Website: http://www.jenniferholm.com/ Compass South: A Graphic Novel by Hope Larson Awards and Lists:
Starred Reviews: Booklist, School Library Journal Next in Series: Knifes Edge Other books by author: A Wrinkle In Time, Gray Horses, Salamander Dream, Chiggers, Goldie Vance Readalikes: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Author Website: https://twitter.com/hopelarson The Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry Awards and Lists: Starred reviews: Booklist, School Library Journal Other books by author: Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, Written in Stone Readalikes:
The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall Wild Wings by Gill Lewis Author Website: http://rosanneparry.com/ Fun facts: Rosanne lives in Portland, OR! She also hosts The League of Exceptional Writers at Powells Books on Cedar Hills Blvd in Beaverton, a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their writing knowledge with kids, ages 8-18 years old, who are interested in creating books. (from authors website) The Best Man by Richard Peck Awards and Lists:
Starred Reviews: School Library Journal, Booklist, Horn Book Guide, Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly Peck has won the Newbery Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the NCTE/Alan Award, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award, among other accolades. Other books by author: A Year Down Yonder, A Long Way From Chicago, The River Between Us, The Teachers Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts, Here Lies the Librarian, and many others Readalikes:
Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks Author Website: www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/richard-peck/ Two Naomis by Olugbemisola RhudayPerkovich and Audrey Vernick Awards and Lists: Starred reviews: Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Other books by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich: Eighth-Grade Superzero, Open Mic (contributor)
Other books by Audrey Vernick: Water Balloon, Screaming at the Ump, Brothers at Bat Readalikes: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker Author Websites: https://olugbemisolabooks.com/ and www.audreyvernick.com/ 2019 Middle School
Nominations Booked by Kwame Alexander Awards and Lists: New York Times Bestseller National Book Award long list ALA Notable Childrens Book ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Also by author: The Crossover, Rebound Readalikes: Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Author Website: www.kwamealexander.com Twitter: @kwamealexander
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Awards and Lists: Barnhill Newbery Medal Dorothy Canfield Fisher Childrens Book Award Nominee Andre Norton Award Nominee for YA Science Fiction & Fantasy New York Public Library Best Book Also by author: The Witchs Boy, Iron Hearted Violet, The Mostly True Story of Jack Read Alikes: Ravenous by MarcyKate Connolly
Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White Readers Guide https://d17lzgq6gc2tox.cloudfront.net/downloadable/asset/origi nal/9781616205676_rg.pdf?1505137549 Author Website: www.kellybarnhill.wordpress.com Twitter: @kellybarnhill Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks Also by Author: The Bigfoot Boy, Friends With Boys First in a trilogy: 2) The Stone Heart 3) The Divided Earth Read
alikes: Cleopatra In Space by Mike Maihack Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel Author Website: www.faitherinhicks.com Twitter: @FaithErinHicks Interesting info: Hicks has a section for mini comics on her webpage. One available mini comic: The Hunger Games movie - what did I think? Reading Guide: https://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/teachers-guides/9781626 721562TG.pdf My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks
Book Trailer: http://www.brooksbenjamin.com/books Benjamin Equal parts jazz hands and karate chop, with a dash of football and a pirouette of pure heart. Dillon and the Dizzee Freekz are en pointe. This book will rock you! Kristin ODonnell Tubb, author of The 13th Sign Read Alikes: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly Educator Guide: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/46fc7c_c747045459e04ef99fe 824b4acf2d5a0.pdf Author Website: http://www.brooksbenjamin.com/ Twitter: @brooksbenjamin
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner Also by Author: Ranger in Time series, The Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries, Marty McGuire series Read Alikes: Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle Genuine Sweet by Faith Harkey An empathetic, beautiful, magical fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish. ~Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs Educators Guide: https://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/files/TheSeventhWishK.M essnerEducatorsGuide.pdf
Author Website: www.katemessner.com Ghost by Jason Reynolds Awards and Lists: National Book Award Finalist Odyssey Award Nominee Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book award Nominee NAIBA Book of the Year for Middle Readers NCTE Charlotte Huck Award First in a trilogy: 2) Patina 3) Sunny Also by author: All American Boys, Long Way Down Read alikes One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Reading group guide: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Ghost/Jason-Reynolds/Track/9781 481450164/reading_group_guide Website: www.jasonwritesbooks.com Twitter: @JasonReynolds83 Darkstalker by Tui Sutherland Also by the author: Wings of Fire series, The Menagerie series Read alikes: The original Wings of Fire series The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris DLacey Septimus Heap by Angie Sage Authors Webpage: http://tuibooks.com/wordpress/ Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Tui-T-Sutherland-1017328379 59/ Publisher page dedicated to the series: http://wingsoffire.scholastic.com/ Also published as...Erin Hunter?! (and others) Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Awards and Lists: 2017 Newbery Honor Book New York Times Bestseller An NPR Best Book of the Year A Booklist Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Children's Book Also by Author: Beyond the Bright Sea Read Alikes: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Discussion Guide: http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25690-BeyondBri ghtSea_DiscGuide1.pdf Author Website: www.laurenwolk.com Twitter: @LaurenWolkBooks 2019 High School Nominations The Reader by Traci Chee
#ownvoices Awards and Lists: Kirkus Award Finalist Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author NPR Best Book of the Year Bustle Best YA Book of the Year Next in Series: The Speaker and The Storyteller (November 2018) Readalikes:
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig Carry On and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Author Website: http://tracichee.com/ Traci Chees Fan Art Contest: http://tracichee.com/fanartcontest Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina #ownvoices Awards and Lists:
Kirkus Award Finalist Amelia Bloomer Top Ten OBOB 2018-19 List Also by Author: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind Readalikes: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Author Website: https://megmedina.com/ Discussion Guide: http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763674672.bdg.1.pdf If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo #ownvoices Awards and Lists: Stonewell Book Award Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
IndieNext Top 10 List Bustle Best YA Books of the Year Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Also by Author: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet (contributor) Readalikes: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Author on Twitter: @Mer_Squared Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Awards and Lists: CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner SCBWI Golden Kite Award Winner for Fiction OBOB 2018-19 List Also by Author: Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy Readalikes:
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee IMDB says movie is in development Author Website: http://rutasepetys.com/ Discussion Guide: http://rutasepetys.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SalttotheSea_DG1.pd f Scythe by Neal Shusterman Awards and Lists:
Printz Honor OBOB 2018-19 List Next in Series: Thunderhead Readalikes: Graceling by Kristin Cashore The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu IMDB says movie is in development
Author Website: http://www.storyman.com/ Reading Group Guide: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Scythe/Neal-Shusterman/Arc -of-a-Scythe/9781442472433/reading_group_guide Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics Next in Series: Paper Girls, Vol. 2-4 Also by Author: Runaways, We Stand on Guard, Saga
Book Readalikes and Media Watch-alikes: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Netflix: Stranger Things and Dark and The OA Author Website: http://bkvcomics.com/ Illustrator Website: http://www.cliffchiang.com/ Hot Tip: Image Comics has their HQ in Portland, and they host an Expo event! The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
#ownvoices Awards and Lists: Printz honor Coretta Scott King New Talent Award Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction Also by Author: Everything, Everything and Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet (contributor) Yara Shahidi in Negotiations to Star in [...] Movie Adaptation Readalikes:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins Author Website: http://www.nicolayoon.com/ The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Awards and Lists: Morris Award Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author &
for Young Adult Fiction OBOB 2018-19 List Also by Author: Goodbye Days Readalikes: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister IMDB says movie is in development Author Website: http://www.jeffzentnerbooks.com/ Listen to Zentners Music: https://jeffzentner.bandcamp.com/
How to ORCA Like a Boss! Basic Information Kids and teens must read at least 2 titles in their division in order to vote. To read a book means to either read it yourself or listen to someone else read it (audiobooks, friends, grownups, etc.). Voting happens in March. Winning titles are announced...now! In April! At the OLA conference! Fall Months: September - November Order, catalog, and process the books! Use Scholastic Dollars or funds from PTA or Friends group. Put spine labels on cataloged copies to help identify the books.
Make special bookshelves just for ORCA nominees so theyre easier to find. Print bookmarks so kids and teens can keep track of what theyve read. Print brochures--these include book covers and descriptions for titles in all three divisions. Create a blog where kids and teens can share their thoughts, book trailers, etc. Winter Months: December - February Encourage kids and teens to read the books over winter break! Make it part of a Winter Reading Challenge. Show them how to borrow ebooks and freeze their holds. Tie in to a Read-a-Thon fundraiser. Have kids and teens give mini-booktalks and make
recommendations for each other based on what theyve liked reading. (Its good for kids and teens to hear about books from their peers!) Create displays to ask kids and teens for their nominations for the committee to consider for the following year. Voting: March Kids and teens can vote March 1 - 31. Enter votes in the official ORCA voting Google form, but consider creating a Google form just for your students. That way you can see the voting breakdown for your kids and teens, then you can enter the stats from there to the official Google form. Create displays! Have a countdown sign! Create ballot boxes!
Display your school- or library-wide voting results! Have a local bakery make a cake, writing the 3 winning titles in frosting, and serve at a party. Tournament bracket! (Though this isnt ideal for capturing votes to put in the Google form.) Bulletin Board Displays Voting Countdown Sign Ballot Boxes Voting slips and signs can be found on the ORCA website. Have a volunteer create ballot boxes!
Can count the ballots when done and include it as a passive program. For a more involved program, Scholastic has instructions for holding a mock (presidential) election. Tournament Bracket Brown Bag Teacher website provides thorough instructions on how to create a book tournament display. Credit: http://brownbagteacher.com/book-madness-march-book-display/ Displaying School- or Library-Wide Voting
Results Revealing Winners Via Cake! More! Create a list or record set ( Multnomah County). Do you visit schools to give booktalks? Throw in a few ORCA titles in to your mix! Do you give books away for Summer Reading? Order some ORCA titles! ORCA guerilla poetry--have kids and teens write poems from the point of view of ORCA characters and post
the poems around the school (anonymously, of course). Peep Diorama Contest--have them pick a scene from an ORCA title! Use the LEGO Movie Maker iPad app to create stop-motion animation of scenes from their favorite ORCA titles. Create postcards--one side is an illustration of a scene related to an ORCA title, and the other side is a message from one character to another. Tie it in to OBOB--if you like this
OBOB title, you might like this ORCA title. Create new book covers for their favorite ORCA title. Have them write fanfiction based on Bonus: We Love Hearing From Authors! Alison DeCamp (My Near Death Adventures 99% True!) thanked us for the nicest e-mail in forever! Lisa Graff (Lost in the Sun): What wonderful news! Thank you so much for letting me know. Im so honored to have my book on the ORCA list, and in such fabulous company too. :) I dont believe one of my books has ever made the ORCA list before, so this is an extra special treat. Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death): Well, isnt
this the most exciting news to wake up to! Thank you! As they say, it is an honor being nominated. And please let me know how I can support your readers now and going forward. For ORCA resources, visit the blog: https://oregonreaderschoiceaward.wordpress.com/ If you are interested in being involved with the ORCA Committee, contact the Chair at [email protected] Thank you!
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