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 4-6 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 this year's nominees and get started reading! Here is the book review form -- three of these must be turned in 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 

  Blue uses her diary and video diary to tell of the aftermath of her twin sister’s death. Her parents are mostly absent, her younger siblings are obsessed with their pet rats, and the au pair  must keep up with them all. Can this family, falling apart with grief, find their way back together?
 

 CountingBy7s  

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
     Realistic fiction
 

  Willow Chance is a gifted twelve-year-old student who just wants to belong. When her adoptive family is tragically taken away from her, she must figure out a new way to fit in the world. Can Willow create a new family from the jaggedly eccentric pieces of her life?
 

EddiesWar  

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

  Told in verse, this is the story of Eddie Carl, whose brother enlists in World War II and leaves their Illinois home. Eddie watches how prejudice affects a man’s life, both in the US and in Europe. Eddie grows from a boy of five to a young man of fifteen who will stand up to people for people.
 

   FarFarAway 

Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
 
    Fantasy 

  Once upon a time, in the town of Never Better, there lived a boy named Jeremy Johnson Johnson. Jeremy hears voices… or more accurately, he hears one voice… the ghost of Jacob Grimm… yes, that Grimm! Darkly fantastic - Far, Far Away is full of the stuff of fairy tales and nightmares.
 

FourSecrets  

Four Secrets, by Margaret Willey
  
   Realistic fiction 

  Three misfit teenagers are so tired of being bullied that they kidnap their tormentor. In journal entries, each of them tell their own story to a social worker after they are sent to a juvenile facility. What impacted their lives to get them to this point?
 

 OnDayIDied 

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

  Nine teens, who died between 1853 and 2012, share their stories with a cemetery visitor. Listening to their stories distracts Mike from his own youthful problems, and he begins to understand and appreciate the stories he hears and the messages the deceased teens want to leave in the world.
 

Poison2 

Poison, by Bridget Zinn
   Fantasy
 

  As a talented potions master, Kyra is the only one who can save her kingdom. Kyra’s botched attempt to assassinate her former best friend, who just happens to be the future Queen of the kingdom, has forced her to live as a fugitive. She sets out with her new-found sidekick – a curly-tailed pig named Rosie - to finish her mission.
 

  GirlFromFelonyBay 

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

  Abbey Force would say that her life has taken a turn for the worse. Her dad is in a coma, accused of a crime he did not commit. Abbey and her new BFF set out to unravel the mysterious goings on in Felony Bay. In doing so, they hope to let the world know that Abbey's dad is innocent.

 NeptuneProject  

The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke
     Adventure fantasy
 

  Nere discovers that she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive underwater. Could this help explain her comfort with dolphins? Her journey to a “safe harbor” is filled with danger from the sea, the government, and other kids just like her.
 

Titanic 

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

 First, Second, and Third-class passengers and members of the crew from the Titanic share their stories of  its sinking. Photographs, letters, and other primary sources tell of the drama and tension of that night. What happened to those who survived?
 

 

2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 4-6

 Buddy 

 Buddy 
M. H. Herlong 

   Lemoncello  
Escape for Mr.
Lemoncello's Library
 
Chris Grabenstein 

    Frogged  

Frogged
Vivian
Vande Velde
 

     Ifunny  

I Funny: a Middle
School Story
James Patterson &
Chris Grabenstein
 

 KizzyAnn 

 Kizzy Ann
Stamps
Jeri Watts 

   DangerLab 

Nick & Tesla's High-
Voltage Danger Lab
Bob Pflugfelder &
Steve Hockensmith
 

   PrincePuggly 

Prince Puggly of
Spud & the
Kingdom of Spiff
Robert Paul
Weston
 

 Sugar 

  Sugar
Jewell Parker
Rhodes
 

 

 Ratchet 

This Journal Belongs
to Ratchet
Nancy J. Cavanaugh 

 Sofa 

What We Found in
the Sofa & How it
Saved the World
Henry Clark 

 

2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 4-6 Graphic Novels
 

 ariol1  

Ariol. Vol. 1: Just a
Donkey Like You & Me
Emmanuel Guibert 

       astronautacademy    
Astronaut Academy:
Zero Gravity
Dave Roman  

     bigbadironclad   

Big Bad Ironclad!
A Civil War Steam-
ship Showdown
Nathan Hale 

  bluffton   

Bluffton: My
Summers with Buster
Matt Phelan  

  catscradle1 

  Cat's Cradle. Book 1.
The Golden Twine
Jo Rioux  

   mysteryboxes 

Explorer: The
Mystery Boxes: Seven
Graphic Stories
Kazu Kibuishi, ed.  

  malandchad 

Mal and Chad:
The Biggest, Bestest
Time Ever
Stephen McCranie  

  missilemousetank3 

  Missile Mouse:
Rescue on Tankium3
Jake Parker 

 

  monsteronhill 

Monster on the Hill
Rob Harrell  

 smashbk1 

Smash. Book One:
Trial by Fire
Chris A. Bolton 

 

2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Book Nominees
Grades 9-12

** these books are approved for Middle School 

 bomb  

 ** Bomb: the Race to
Build & Steal the
World's Most
 

Dangerous Weapon
Steve Sheinkin 

bruised 

** Bruised 
Sarah Skilton 

 eleanorpark 

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell 

 notadrop 

** Not a Drop
to Drink
Mindy McGinnis 

  nowhere  

Out of Nowhere
Maria Padian 

 beginning 

The Beginning
of Everything
Robyn Schneider 

  

 clockworkscarab 

** The Clockwork 

Scarab
Colleen Gleason 

 living 

 The Living
Matt De La Pena 

 

 1000words 

Thousand Words
Jennifer Brown 

 unbreakable 

** Unbreakable
Kami Garcia 

 

 

 
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