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


 After Iris, by Natasha Farrant
     Realistic fiction 



Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
     Realistic fiction



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



Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal



Four Secrets, by Margaret Willey
   Realistic fiction 



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



Poison, by Bridget Zinn



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



The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke
     Adventure fantasy



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



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



 Glory Be 

Augusta Scattergood 

Looking for Me

Betsy R. Rosenthal 


May B. 

Caroline Starr Rose 


Saint Louis
Armstrong Beach

Brenda Woods 


 Summer at
Forsaken Lake

Michael D. Beil 


The Grave
Robber's Apprentice

Allan Stratton 


The Great Wall
of Lucy Wu

Wendy Wan-Long 



 The Mighty
Miss Malone

Christopher Paul Curtis 



The PS Brothers 

Maribeth Boelts 



Gordon Korman 



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


A Girl Named Digit 

Annabel Monaghan 


Anna Dressed
in Blood

Kendare Blake 


Aristotle & Dante
Discover the Secrets
of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz 


Don't Turn Around 

Michelle Gagnon 


Every Day 

David Levithan 


How to Save
a Life

Sara Zarr 



Never Fall Down 

Patricia McCormick 



Lauren Myracle 



The Fault in
Our Stars

John Green 


The Running Dream 

Wendelin Van Draanen 



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