OYAN Book Rave 2017 winners!

Lover Book by flickr user Hazel Marie. Shows a red heart held between the pages of a bookEvery year, OYAN members choose their favorite novels for teens from the past two years. Nominations depend upon what the nominator thinks teens in Oregon will like to read or have been reading with enthusiasm, and the final list is created based on a vote of the OYAN membership. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!

Continue reading

OYAN Graphic Rave 2016 winners!

Photograph of vintage illustration featuring classic comics characters with the text COMICS: READ ONE TODAY!
Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite graphic novels for teens of the year with an eye for balance across genre, format, protagonist identity, and content and with special consideration for smaller or independent as well as Pacific Northwest publishers. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!

Continue reading

Mock Printz 2015

From Susan Smallsreed:

Save the date, Saturday, January 24, 2015, and plan to attend the FREE 2015 Mock Printz workshop. We’ll call for registration at a later date. In the meantime, start reading and analyzing the following…
• Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
• This One Summer by Tamaki
• We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
• The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
• The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton
• Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
• The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
• Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
• Noggin by John Corey Whaley
• Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Remember, we welcome teen participation in the workshop, so share this list with your teen readers!

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

ORCA Winners Announced!

“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. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA homepage.”

 Upper Elementary (Junior) 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

OYAN Book Rave 2014

The OYAN Book Rave is here! Through an arduous process, Oregon’s young adult librarians have identified 20 of the strongest entries into the world of YA literature from 2013. Having been announced and booktalked at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference, the 2014 Book Rave list is now available to download, print, and share with patrons. We also highly encourage displays of these excellent books sure to make connections with teen readers on a personal level, pull heartstrings, or just offer a boatload of fun.


Book Rave 2014 Brochure