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Monday November 30th
Young Reader Choice Award

The list of 2009 winners for YRCA:

JUNIOR DIVISION (Grades 4-6): Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo

MIDDLE DIVISION (Grades 7-9): The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable by John Boyne

SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 10-12): New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

The list of 2009 nominees for YRCA were:


  • Gossamer by Lois Lowry
  • The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
  • The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
  • To Dance by Siena Cherson
  • Siegel Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin


  • Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable by John Boyne
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert
  • Murdock Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
  • Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • The Pinhoe Egg by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • Small Steps by Louis Sachar

SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 10-12):

  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
  • The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

The list of 2010 nominees for YRCA:


  • The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul
  • Curtis Igraine the Brave – Cornelia Funke Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Marley: a Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
  • Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements


  • Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Zen And The Art Of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci
  • Schooled by Gordon Korman
  • The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landry

SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 10-12):

  • Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Enter Three Witches by Caroline Cooney
  • Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


     The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure. The Young Reader's Choice Award Selection Policy was revised by the Board of the Pacific Northwest Library Association in 2008.


     Nominations are taken only from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Nominations will not be accepted from publishers. Nominations may include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, animae and manga but books that are a sequel in a series will not be considered. Children, teachers and librarians may recommend to their state or provincial representative titles for the next year's ballot by February 1 each year.

  • Junior Division: Grades 4-6
  • Middle Division: Grades 7-9
  • Senior Division: Grades 10-12

     Nominated titles are those published 3 years prior to the award year (for example, for the 2010 list nominees must have a copyright date of 2007), printed in the U.S. or Canada, and are already favorites with readers. All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by a committee assigned to a particular division (Junior/Middle/Senior) and consisting of at least four (4) people (two YRCA state/provincial representatives and at least two persons of their choosing).


     Books will be judged on popularity with readers. Age appropriateness will be considered with choosing which of the three divisions a book is placed. Other considerations may include reading enjoyment; reading level; interest level; genre representation; gender representation; racial diversity; diversity of social, political, economic, or religions viewpoints; regional consideration; effectiveness of expression; and imagination.

     The Pacific Northwest Library Association is committed to intellectual freedom and diversity of ideas. No title will be excluded because of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social view of either the author or the material


     Only 4th to 12th graders residing in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote. Annual voting takes place March 15th through April 15th. Students must have read or listened to at least two of the nominated titles in order to vote. Students may vote in more than one division, however, they must have read at least two books in the division in which they are voting. Votes will be submitted to the state/provincial YRCA representatives or to the YRCA Chair.


Nominations are due to the YRCA Chair by February 1. Each division will be no more than eight (8) titles or fewer than six (6) titles.

The final YRCA list will be posted by March 1.

Vote - Between March 15 and April 15 in a student's school library or a participating public library.

Winners announced - In mid-April.