Black-Eyed Susan Book AwardHigh School

Given by Maryland Library Association

Other Names: Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
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The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a student choice award for the state of Maryland that has been awarded each year since 1992. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by show more encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature.

Reading committees of school and public librarians, and other interested members of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) meet to determine which books will be nominated and placed on student reading lists.

There are six different reading lists:

Picture Books,

Fiction/Nonfiction for

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8, and

High School

Graphic Novels for

Grades 3-5,

Grades 6-8

How are the books chosen?

The nominated books are expected to be outstanding books that broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives. Books may be suggested for consideration by students, teachers, parents, or other interested readers. If you would like to submit a nomination for consideration, please do so at this form by October 1 of each year.

Criteria for Nominated Books:

May be fiction or nonfiction.

Published within the last 4 years (2021 or newer).

Readily available.

Positively reviewed in at least 2 professional review sources.

Books must have been read, discussed, and voted upon by the appropriate Black-Eyed Susan reading committee before being placed on the corresponding list. The committee application process for this school year has closed. Applications for the next school year will open in March and close May 31. You must be a MASL member in order to serve on the committee.

How are the winners chosen?

Students who have followed the “Guidelines for Participation” may cast one vote for the book they consider to be the most outstanding book in each of the categories. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Committee gathers and tallies all votes from across the state to determine the winner.

The winning authors and/or illustrators receive an award engraved with the book title, the year, and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators, and publishers recognize the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award as an honor bestowed by Maryland student readers.
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Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos2024
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao2024
The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow2024
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride2024
Mamo by Sas Milledge2024
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys2024
Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit by Colby Cedar Smith2024
Golden Boys by Phil Stamper2024
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland2024
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir2024
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes2023
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley2023
Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky2023
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton2023
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn2023
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko2023
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson2023
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy2023
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds2023
The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe2023
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson2022
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo2022
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown2022
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender2022
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee2022
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson2022
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram2022
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune2022
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo2022
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell2022
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli2021
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo2021
Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes2021
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman2021
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi2021
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus2021
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith2021
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei2021
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki2021
Frankly in Love by David Yoon2021
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka2020
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway2020
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne2020
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson2020
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu2020
What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee2020
After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay2020
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater2020
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia2020
Pride by Ibi Zoboi2020
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus2019
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz2019
Grendel's Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan2019
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham2019
The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt2019
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore2019
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel2019
As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti2019
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson2019
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner2019
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon2018
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum2018
Gutless by Carl Deuker2018
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin2018
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand2018
March: Book Three by John Lewis2018
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda2018
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley2018
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters2018
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner2018
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon2017
The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry2017
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen2017
Stick by Michael Harmon2017
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon2017
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy2017
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds2017
The Dogs by Allan Stratton2017
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir2017
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten2017
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes2016
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson2016
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano2016
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin2016
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord2016
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson2016
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos2016
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein2016
Noggin by John Corey Whaley2016
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang2016
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell2015
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown2015
The Living by Matt de la Peña2015
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia2015
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason2015
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis2015
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian2015
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider2015
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin2015
Bruised by Sarah Skilton2015
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green2014
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake2014
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen2014
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon2014
Every Day by David Levithan2014
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick2014
A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan2014
Shine by Lauren Myracle2014
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz2014
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr2014
Divergent by Veronica Roth2013
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John2013
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt2013
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber2013
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys2013
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot2013
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater2013
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco Stork2013
Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee2013
Girl, Stolen by April Henry2012
Split by Swati Avasthi2012
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi2012
Hate List by Jennifer Brown2012
Jump by Elisa Carbone2012
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn2012
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab2012
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon2012
How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford2012
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins2011
Candor by Pam Bachorz2011
If I Stay by Gayle Forman2011
Paper Towns by John Green2011
Pop by Gordon Korman2011
Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan2011
Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi2011
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith2011
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater2011
Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt2011
Unwind by Neal Shusterman2010
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah2010
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury2010
November Blues by Sharon M. Draper2010
The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon2010
Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte2010
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr2010
All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard2010
Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci2010
Notes From The Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick2010
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer2009
Diva by Alex Flinn2009
Skate by Michael Harmon2009
Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger2009
Rash by Pete Hautman2009
Sold by Patricia McCormick2009
Shackleton's Stowaway by Victoria McKernan2009
Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp2009
Christopher Killer, The2009
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer2008
The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin2008
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole2008
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen2008
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper2008
Invisible by Pete Hautman2008
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson2008
Dark Angel by David Klass2008
The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin2008
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld2008
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult2007
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes2007
24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley2007
Daniel Half-Human by David Chotjewitz2007
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles2007
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins2007
Pool Boy (Readers Circle) by Michael Simmons2007
Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton2007
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger2007
Emako Blue by Brenda Woods2007
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman2006
Amaryllis by Craig Crist-Evans2006
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles2006
Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman2006
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler2006
The River Between Us by Richard Peck2006
After by Francine Prose2006
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber2006
Inside Out by Terry Trueman2006
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin2006
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard2005
Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch2005
Born In Sin by Evelyn Coleman2005
Under a War-Torn Sky by L. M. Elliott2005
Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam2005
Home of the Braves by David Klass2005
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman2005
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates2005
Stetson by Susan Rottman2005
Jinx by Margaret Wild2005
Desperate Measures by Kate Wilhelm2005
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn2004
A Matter of Profit by Hilari Bell2004
All That Remains : 3 Stories by Bruce Brooks2004
The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier2004
Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris2004
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes2004
Lirael by Garth Nix2004
The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian2004
The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle2004
Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak2004
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares2003
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson2003
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher2003
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen2003
Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg2003
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci2003
Send One Angel Down by Virginia Frances Schwartz2003
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli2003
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman2003
Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss and What I Learned by Judd Winick2003
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson2002
Being with Henry by Martha Brooks2002
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card2002
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker2002
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets by Lisa Rowe Fraustino2002
The Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe2002
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke2002
Close to a Killer by Marsha Qualey2002
Breaking Rank by Kristen D. Randle2002
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger2002
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen2001
The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin2001
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer2001
Bull Catcher by Alden R. Carter2001
Heroes by Robert Cormier2001
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman2001
At All Costs by John Gilstrap2001
Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz2001
Monster by Walter Dean Myers2001
Slave Day by Rob Thomas2001
Danger Zone by David Klass2000
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler2000
Mama's Girl by Veronica Chambers2000
Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix2000
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause2000
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer2000
Swallowing Stones by Joyce McDonald2000
Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen2000
The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang2000
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas2000


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