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!

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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.


There’s still time…Book Rave Voting Closes Jan. 15!

It’s time to vote for your favorite (and not-so favorite) teen books of 2012.  Below is the link to the Survey Monkey voting page.  Once again, we are including a “no” vote.  If you feel strongly that a certain nominated book does not deserve to be a part of the Book Rave, please vote no. I’ll subtract no votes from the yes votes to get a total. As you might have guessed, if you like a title, vote yes.  Survey Monkey uses IP addresses to remember votes; you’ll be able to add votes as you keep reading nominated titles, as well as see how you’ve already voted (assuming you always vote from the same computer).

You can vote until January 15th.   Be prepared to discuss, debate, and shimmy the results at the Winter Membership meeting on Friday January 18, 11am-3pm, at Salem Public Library.  Please vote for at least one non-fiction title!

Here is the link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RFG7D5F

I’ve attached the nominations spreadsheet if you want to review the titles and their tags.  Also, here is a link to the OYAN blog for refreshers on book covers and summaries.

Aimee Meuchel
Teen Services Librarian
City of Tualatin | Tualatin Public Library
18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062-7092
503-691-3083 | www.ci.tualatin.or.us<http://www.ci.tualatin.or.us>

Final Call: 2012 OYAN Book Rave Nominations

The final days are upon us! If you want to nominate a title for the 2012 Book Rave, send an email to Aimee Meuchel, OYAN Co-Prez, at ameuchel@ci.tualatin.or.us before noon on Monday, December 3!

Here’s the deal:
– Books must have been published from Nov. 1, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2012
– Send the book’s title, author’s name, publication month and year, and genre to Aimee for consideration

Book Rave Timeline:
– December 3 at noon – Book Rave Nominations close
– December 15, 2012 – January 15, 2013 – Preliminary Voting
– Watch for more details and info as the final list of Book Rave titles develops

NOW AVAILABLE… the complete OYAN Book Rave 2013 spreadsheet for your perusal!!!

We’re on a rave…a Graphic Rave!

Do you like comics? Superheroes? Manga? Graphic novels? So do we!

And, at OYAN, we’re thankful for artists and authors who create these beautiful, intense, humorous, heart-wrenching, action-packed, poetic, and otherwise awesome reads for us to enjoy. If you’re thankful, too, then print a copy of the brochure below to share with friends and teens who will, well… thank you for it!

Check out the OYAN picks for this year’s all-new Graphic Rave in an all-new PDF format – yay!

Happy Thanksgiving – and, as always, happy reading – from OYAN!

2012 OYAN Graphic Rave Brochure

Book Rave Contender 2012 – Americus

ImageUh ohhhhhhh – they’re trying to ban fantasy books again! It’s up to Neil and his friendly local librarian to defend his favorite series from the would-be censors in their town. Is this a fantastic graphic novel for teens? Let us know in the comments section!

The Blurb:

Neal Barton just wants to read in peace. Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.

OYAN Book Rave 2010

Here it is: the long overdue OYAN Book Rave for this year!

Each year, the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), a division of the Oregon Library Association, publishes an annual list of recommended books for teens to be made available at the OLA Annual Conference each spring. The OYAN Book Rave is a list of high interest reads for teens to help teens, parents, librarians and teachers enjoy great new Young Adult books for recreational reading. For more information, or to view previous years’ winners, head to: http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=68192