Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Maryland Day: Books from The Old Line State

Ok, so Maryland Day was actually yesterday. It's not Maryland's statehood day (which is April 28) but rather is a legal holiday celebrating the day in 1634 when Europeans first landed in Maryland. In honor of the day, here's a list of books by authors from Maryland.


Incredibly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. In this second-to-last installment of the long-running Alice series, Alice finishes her senior year and is ready to take that leap into adulthood and what comes next. If you don't already know Alice, you'll want to start at the beginning with The Agony of Alice. The final book in the series will be out this summer. Naylor lives in Bethesda.

Teeth by Hannah Moscowitz. Rudy's brother is sick, so his family moves to a remote island where magical fish have been known to provide miracle cures. On the island, Rudy meets Teeth, another misunderstood and lonely (if not entirely human) boy. Moscowitz is a student at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg. When Ethan is suspended from school, his mom sends him to live with his grandparents in DC. There, he's the only white kid at his new school, as his elderly and eccentic grandparents are one of the few who never left the neighborhood. Eventually, he learns to adjust to his new situation. Ehrenberg currently lives in DC (which is next door to Maryland) but she grew up in Baltimore.


Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. Carson grew up in a poor home in Detroit. His mother had a third-grade education, his lack of motivation and temper forecast a bleak future. Despite all the odds against him and the numerous obstacles, he grew up to become one of the best surgeons in the world and the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allen Poe. The master of mystery and suspense was from Baltimore.

So Not The Drama by Paula Chase. It's freshman year and Mina is ready to take Del Rio Bay high school by storm. She was queen of junior high, and she's ready to stay on of the social scene, but the school is huge and Mina's friends have their own drama to contend with as they start high school. The first in the Del Rio Bay Clique series, follow it with Don't Get It Twisted.


If Only by Carole Geithner. Corinna has to find a way to navigate life after her mother dies of cancer. She and her father are consumed by their grief and loss as they try to get through the next year. Geithner lives in Maryland, outside of DC.

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford. Bea is Robot Girl, someone who refuses to let other people in-- because her family moves all the time and it's just easier that way. Then she starts at a new school and meets Jonas (aka Ghost Boy) who's also lonely and distant, but for very different reasons. Standiford lives in New York, but grew up in Baltimore, which is the setting of many of her books.

I Love You, Beth Cooperby Larry Doyle. For some reason, Denis Cooverman (debate team, valedictorian) decided to declare his love for Beth Cooper (head cheerleader) in the middle of his graduation speech. What follows is one hilarious night that's a print version of all the teen movies this book is an homage to. Published for adults, this is a book with high teen appeal. Doyle lives in Baltimore.

Who are your favorite authors from Maryland?

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