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The Maryland Black-Eyed Susan (BES) Award Reading program is designed “to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature” (MASL, 2009).  School Library Media specialist as well as public librarians, parents, teachers, and other interested individuals across Maryland participate in a reading committee, which chooses books for students to read during the school year.  The 2016-2017 BES titles are listed below.


Grades 6-9 Graphic Novel Nominees

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner

The Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

Lumberjanes. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Oyster War by Ben Towle

Ms. Marvel. 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson


Grades 6-9 Nominees

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda

The Thing about Jellyfish: A Novel by Ali Benjamin

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

When by Victoria Laurie

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of The Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt


High School Nominees

Stick by Michael Harmon

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon