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The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in Canada and the US. It is the only regional award chosen by children of the two countries. 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. Nominations are taken only from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest - Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Nominated titles are those published within the previous three years, printed in the US or Canada, and are already favourites with readers. Only 4th to 12th graders in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote.

In 1991, the award was divided into two categories: Youth and Senior. In 2002 the categories changed again to better accommodate readers: Junior (grades 4-6), Intermediate (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). Annual voting takes place March 15th through April 1st.

2009 YRCA Lists

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

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

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

2008 Winners

Junior Division - A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann Martin
Intermediate Division - Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
Senior Division - Peaches
by Jodi Lynn Anderson

2007 Junior Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider. Translated by Anthea Bell. New York: Chicken House/Scholastic, 2004.
2007 Intermediate Eoin Colfer The Supernaturalist. New York: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.
2007 Senior Terry Pratchett A Hat Full of Sky. New York: HarperCollins, 2004
2006 Junior Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2003.
2006 Intermediate Christopher Paolini Eragon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
2006 Senior K. L. Going Fat Kid Rules the World. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003.
2005 Junior Cornelia Funke The Thief Lord. Translated by Oliver Latsch. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
2005 Intermediate Gordon Korman Son of the Mob. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2002.
2005 Senior Nancy Farmer The House of the Scorpion. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
2004 Junior Joseph Bruchac Skeleton Man. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
2004 Intermediate Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2001.
2004 Senior Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.
2003 Junior Kate Dicamillo Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2000.
2003 Intermediate Gordon Korman No More Dead Dogs. New York: Hyperion Books, 2000.
2003 Senior Joan Bauer Hope Was Here. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2000.
2002 Junior Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy. New York: Delacorte Press, 1999.
2002 Intermediate Carolyn Meyer Mary, Bloody Mary. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
2002 Senior William Sleator Rewind. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1999.
2001 Youth Louis Sachar Holes. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.
2001 Senior William Sleator The Boxes. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1998.
2000 Youth Dick King-Smith A Mouse Called Wolf. New York: Crown Publishers, 1997.
2000 Senior Mel Glenn The Taking of Room 114. New York: Lodestar Books, 1997.
1999 Youth Andrew Clements Frindle. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
1999 Senior Eve Bunting SOS Titanic. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1996.


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Louis Sachar Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
1998 Senior Karen Cushman The Midwife’s Apprentice. New York: Clarion Books, 1995.
1997 Youth Eve Bunting Nasty Stinky Sneakers. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
1997 Senior Caroline B. Cooney Driver’s Ed. New York: Delacorte Press, 1994.
1996 Youth Phyllis Reynolds Naylor The Boys Start the War. New York: Delacorte Press, 1993.
1996 Senior Lois Lowry The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
1995 Youth Peg Kahret Terror at the Zoo. New York: Cobblehill Books/Dutton, 1992.
1995 Senior Lois Duncan Who Killed My Daughter New York: Delacorte Press, 1992.
1994 Youth Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh. New York: Atheneum, 1991.
1994 Senior Ann Rinaldi Wolf by the Ears. New York: Scholastic, 1991.
1993 Youth Jerry Spinelli Maniac Magee. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1990.
1993 Senior Caroline B. Cooney The Face on the Milk Carton. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
1992 Youth Bill Wallace Danger in Quicksand Swamp. New York: Holiday House, 1989.
1992 Senior Peter Dickinson Eva. New York: Delacorte Press, 1989.
1991 Youth Ann M. Martin Ten Kids, No Pets. New York: Holiday House, 1988.
1991 Senior Jenny Davis Sex Education. New York: Orchard Books, 1988.
1990 Louis Sachar There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom. New York: Knopf, 1987.
1989 Mary Downing Hahn Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story. New York: Clarion Books, 1986.
1988 Barthe DeClements Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1985.
1987 back to top Robert Smith The War With Grandpa. New York: Delacorte Press, New York, 1984.
1986 Betty Ren Wright The Dollhouse Murders. New York: Holiday House, 1983.
1985 Jamie Gilson Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1982.
1984 Lynn Reid Banks The Indian in the Cupboard. New York: Avon Books, 1981.
1983 Judy Blume Superfudge. New York: Dutton, 1980.
1982 Deborah and James Howe Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. New York: Atheneum, 1979.
1981 Ellen Conford Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1978.
1980 Beverly Cleary Ramona and Her Father. New York: Morrow, 1977.
1979 Mildred Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Dial Press, 1976.
1978 John D. Fitzgerald The Great Brain Does it Again. New York: Dial Press, 1975.
1977 Judy Blume Blubber. Scarsdale, New York: Bradbury Press, 1974.
1976 John D. Fitzgerald The Great Brain Reforms. New York: Dial Press, 1973.
1975 Judy Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. New York: Dutton, 1972.
1974 back to top Robert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. New York: Atheneum, 1971.
1972 Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace. New York: Nelson, 1969.
1971 Beverly Cleary Ramona the Pest. New York: Morrow, 1968.
1970 William Corbin Smoke. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967.
1969 Keith Robertson Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service. New York: Viking, 1966.
1968 Beverly Cleary The Mouse and the Motorcycle. New York: Morrow, 1965.
1967 Ian Fleming Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. New York: Random House, 1964.
1966 Sterling North Rascal. New York: Dutton, 1963.
1965 Richard Tregaskis John F. Kennedy and PT-109. New York: Random House, 1962.
1964 Sheila Burnford The Incredible Journey. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1961.
1963 Jay Williams Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor. New York: McGraw, 1960.
1962 Stewart Holbrook The Swamp Fox of the Revolution. New York: Random House, 1959.
1961 Jay Williams Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine. New York: McGraw, 1958.
1960 Beverly Cleary Henry and the Paper Route. New York: Morrow, 1957.
1959 Fred Gipson Old Yeller. New York: Harper & Row, 1956.
1958 William Corbin Golden Mare. New York: Coward-McCann, 1955.
1957 Beverly Cleary Henry and Ribsy. New York: Morrow, 1954.
1956 Ellen MacGregor Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars. New York: Whittlesey House, 1951.
1952 Marguerite Henry Sea Star. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1949.
1951 Marguerite Henry King of the Wind. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1948.
1950 Dr. Seuss McElligot’s Pool. New York: Random House, 1947.
1949 Shannon Garst Cowboy Boots. New York: Abington-Cokesbury, 1946.
1948 Walter Farley The Black Stallion Returns. New York: Random House, 1945.
1947 Robert McCloskey Homer Price. New York: Viking Press, 1943.
1946 Jack O’Brien The Return of the Silver Chief. New York: Grosset and Dunlop Publishers, 1943.
1945 Marie McSwigan Snow Treasure. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1942.
1944 Walter Farley The Black Stallion. New York: Random House, 1941.
1943 Eric Knight Lassie Come-Home. Philadelphia: Winston, 1940.
1942 Laura Ingalls Wilder By the Shores of Silver Lake. New York: Harper, 1939.
1941 Richard and Florence Atwater Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1938.
1940 Dell J. McCormick Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe. Caldwell, ID: Caxton, 1936.


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