Nominate Books for the 2019 Book Raves

Nominate Books

Book Rave is an annual list produced by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network and announced at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference in April. Books nominated should be written and marketed for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade) and be published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018.

Nominations will be collected until early December 2018. Members will then be invited to vote on the nominated books through mid-January 2019, narrowing the list to approximately 20 OYAN Book Rave selections. The list is further discussed at the winter meeting of the Oregon Young Adult Network.

Please nominate early and often!

Access past Book Raves on the OYAN website.

Book Raves Project Lead, Sonja Somerville

2018 Graphic Rave Now Available


The graphic novels on this list were published between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. Titles were nominated by teens and library staff in Oregon. OYAN members voted to select the 20 titles on the list and worked to create a balanced list that includes a variety of genres and diverse titles. Learn more about the annual Graphic Rave and access past lists on the OYAN website.

2015 Book Rave Winners

The 2015 Book Raves have are here!2015BookRaveCollage

The OYAN Book Rave is an annual list of recommended young adult literature selected by the members. Nominations are solicited throughout the year, with a final electronic vote occurring around the winter membership meeting. Titles are chosen to represent a variety of genres and reading levels that have been published between November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014.

This Years List:

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Family Romanov: Murder Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Sittin’ Up by Shelia P. Moses
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Clariel by Garth Nix
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • The Swap by Megan Shull
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Download your PDF to use at your school or library.


A Focus on Non-fiction for Young Adults Workshop Materials

by Sonja Somerville

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Just a quick note to let those interested that the materials from the October 24 OYAN Fall Workshop – A Focus on Non-Fiction for Young Adults: Selection, Suggestions, and How It All Relates to Supporting the Common Core – are now available on the resources page of NW Central:

Thanks again to everyone who presented and attended. It was an great workshop. We hope the materials can be useful to those who attended and those unable to attend.


2015 Book Raves Nominations

by Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

We have the promising beginnings of a list of nominations for the 2015 OYAN Book Rave list. All we need now is a nomination (or two or three …) from YOU!

Nominations should be for excellent fiction or non-fiction young adult books published between

November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

(Graphic novels will be addressed separately through the Graphic Rave nomination process.)

Please tell us about any book you think is worthy, but I will note that we have a particularly lively interest in hearing about books that represent cultural diversity, books suitable for middle-grade readers, and non-fiction selections.

The books nominated to date can be viewed on GoodReads at:( )or in an Excel can be emailed to you.

When you send a nomination, please include:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Month and year of publication
  • Genre
  • 2-5 suggested tags
  • A brief synopsis (not required, but encouraged!)

Nominations will be accepted until December 1.

Please send all nominations to

Time Travel Book List

by Barratt Miller, Crook County Library

  • TimeTravelCollageMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
  • Intertwined by Gena Showalter
  • Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar
  • The Golden Hour by Maiya Williams
  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher
  • Pastworld by Ian Beck
  • Nick of Time by Ted Bell
  • Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
  • Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
  • Tempest by Julie Cross
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • Blue Thread by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
  • Timeless by Alexander Monir
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
  • Threads of Time by Mi Young Noh
  • The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost

TimeTravelBooklist (Download the PDF)

“Inspired by Poetry” times 30

I’m not a fan of poetry in general. I don’t really “get” it most of the time and I find a lot of poetry to be tiresome and pretentious.

So, naturally, I’ve devoted hours and hours over the last two years to planning and creating “Inspired by Poetry,” a 30-part display that celebrates how poetry has been integrated by young adult authors represented in the Teen Scene collection at Salem Public Library. As most readers notice from time to time, snippets of poems—some classic, some contemporary—are woven into many stories, inspire book titles, and appear as chapter headings. Usually, the story includes a piece, rather than the entire poem. Initially inspired by Ally Condie’s use of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” in her book “Matched,” I got to thinking that it would be interesting to share the whole of the poems with our patrons.

April was the obvious time to do something about it, with it being National Poetry Month and all. I read and researched and poked around until I managed – in April 2013 – to create a “Poem a Day” display set up like a calendar by putting up a new poem each day from April 1-30. Then, I left it up for a week or so to give the poems at the end of the month a chance.

“Poem a Day” calendar display.

I so enjoyed watching patrons stop and read the poems. I enjoyed even more helping those same patrons find the books that included the poems. And I also read and thought about each poem myself and learned that I might, after all, be a fan of at least some poetry.

I’ve updated a bit since, as I continue to read and stumble across poetic inspirations in my collection. The poems currently included are:

• “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” (Dylan Thomas) used in “Matched” by Ally Condie
• “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (Robert Frost) used in “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
• “Illusions” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) used in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
• “Invictus: The Unconquerable” (William Ernest Henley) used in “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare
• “I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone” (Ranier Maria Rilke) used in “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater
• “Ozymandias” (Percy Bysse Shelley) used in “Okay for Now” by Gary Schmidt
• “To a Mouse” (Robert Burns) used in “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
• “Go and Catch a Falling Star” (John Donne) used in “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne-Jones and “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
• “Stop All the Blocks, Cut Off the Telephone” (W.H. Auden) used in “Taking Off” by Jenny Moss
• “From a Distance” (Cliff Richard) used in “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” by Chris Crutcher
• “The Red Wheelbarrow” (William Carlos Williams) used in “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
• “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Nobody’s Secret” by Michaela MacColl
• “The Hollow Men” (T.S. Eliot) used in “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano and “The Compound” by S.A. Bodeen
• “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” (Robert Burns) used in “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
• “Psalms 147” (Holy Bible) used in “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry
• “Crossing the Bar” (Alfred Lord Tennyson) used in “Crossed” by Ally Condie
• “Paradise Lost” (John Milton) used in “The Golden Compass” by Phillip Pullman
• “How Do I Love Thee?” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) used in “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver
• “All is Truth” (Walt Whitman) used in “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos
• “Lady of Shallot” (Alfred Lord Tennyson) used in “Avalon High” by Meg Cabot
• “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things” by Kathryn Burak
• “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (John Donne) used in “One Piece: Volume 5” by Eiichiro Oda and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Earnest Hemingway
• “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock” (T.S. Eliot) used in “The Shadow Society” by Marie Rutkoski and “Dreamland” by Sarah Dessen
• “Song of Myself” (Walt Whitman) used in “Paper Towns” by John Green
• “Morning Song of Senlin” (Conrad Aiken) used in “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” by Madeleine L’Engle
• “The First Day’s Night Had Come” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Recovery Road” by Blake Nelson
• “The Highwayman” (Alfred Noyes) used in “Mark of the Gold Dragon” by L.A. Meyer
• Monologue from “Hamlet” (William Shakespeare) used in “Perchance to Dream” by Lisa Mantchev
• “The Road Not Taken” (Robert Frost) used in “The Rhyming Season” by Edward Averett
• “The Old Church Tower” (Emily Bronte) used in “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare

The display pages are designed in full color on 11×17 paper, but I have created a PDF that could be easily printed in “fit to page” mode on 8 ½ x 11 paper. I would be happy, nay delighted, to share this file with anyone who wants to share these poems with the patrons in their libraries. Just email me at to receive a copy.

Inspired by Poetry Display sheets 2014