BLACK-EYED SUSAN BOOKS

We are excited to again participate in the BES Award program for 2014-2015! The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program in Maryland is designed to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature. It's easy to do: read at least 3 of the 10 nominated books in a category, and in April you can vote for your favorite book. Hoover students primarily read books in the Grades 6-9 category, but are also eligible to vote for the Grade 4-6, Grade r-6 Graphic Novel, and High School categories. Only students vote; teachers and other adults don't. The votes from Hoover and those of students throughout the state are tabulated to determine Maryland students' favorite book.

Over 150 Hoover students voted in April 2014! Hoover students chose Wonder (R.J. Palacio) as their favorite in the Grades 6-9 category, which also won across the state. Statewide winner in the Grades 4-6 category was Ungifted (Gordon Korman); Sidekicks (Dan Santat) won in the new category, Gr.4-6 Graphic Novels; and The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) won for Grades 9-12. Congratulations to all the winners! Wondering how your favorite book did in the voting? The MASL website lists the books in descending order beginning with the top vote-getter.

Want to join in the fun? Stop by the Media Center to pick up a bookmark or two of next year's nominees and get started reading! Here is the book review form -- three of these must be turned in (starting when we come back to school in August) to be eligible to vote next April.

Visit the MASL site for more information on this terrific program.

 

2014 - 2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 6-9
 

  AfterIris  

 After Iris, by Natasha Farrant
     Realistic fiction 

 

CountingBy7s  

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
     Realistic fiction
 

 

EddiesWar  

 Eddie's War, by Carol Fisher Saller
     Historical fiction (WWII)
 

 

   FarFarAway 

Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
 
    Fantasy 

 

FourSecrets  

Four Secrets, by Margaret Willey
  
   Realistic fiction 

 

 OnDayIDied 

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave, by Candace Fleming
      Ghost stories
 

 

Poison2 

Poison, by Bridget Zinn
   Fantasy
 

 

  GirlFromFelonyBay 

The Girl from Felony Bay, by J. E. Thompson
     
Mystery 

 

 NeptuneProject  

The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke
     Adventure fantasy
 

 

Titanic

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson
   Narrative non-fiction
 

 

 

2013-2014 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 4-6

 

 glorybe 

 Glory Be 

Augusta Scattergood 

lookingforme  
Looking for Me
 

Betsy R. Rosenthal 

mayb  

May B. 

Caroline Starr Rose 

stlouisbeach  

Saint Louis
Armstrong Beach
 

Brenda Woods 

 forsakenlake 

 Summer at
Forsaken Lake
 

Michael D. Beil 

graverobbersapp 

The Grave
Robber's Apprentice
 

Allan Stratton 

lucywu 

The Great Wall
of Lucy Wu
 

Wendy Wan-Long 

Shang 

 mightymissmalone 

 The Mighty
Miss Malone
 

Christopher Paul Curtis 

 

 psbrothers 

The PS Brothers 

Maribeth Boelts 

ungifted 

Ungifted 

Gordon Korman 

 

 

2013-2014 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 9-12 

 girlnameddigit  

A Girl Named Digit 

Annabel Monaghan 

 annadressedblood 

Anna Dressed
in Blood
 

Kendare Blake 

 aristotledante 

Aristotle & Dante
Discover the Secrets
of the Universe
 

Benjamin Alire Saenz 

 dontturnaround 

Don't Turn Around 

Michelle Gagnon 

 everyday   

Every Day 

David Levithan 

 howtosavealife 

How to Save
a Life
 

Sara Zarr 

  

 neverfalldown 

Never Fall Down 

Patricia McCormick 

 shine 

 Shine 

Lauren Myracle 

 

 faultinourstars 

The Fault in
Our Stars
 

John Green 

 runningdream 

The Running Dream 

Wendelin Van Draanen 

 

 

 
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