Friday, May 15, 2009

Three Is A Wonderful Number

Life As We Knew It has just won its third award!

I am superpleased about this one, because it's the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, high school division.

Ever since I learned LAWKI was nominated, I fantasized about winning the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (any division; I wasn't fussy). I mean, the odds are non-existent that I'll ever win a Pfeffer Award (which, now that I think about, does exist, since my parents created one, but it's for people who do good and noble deeds, which doesn't exactly include me, not to mention that it might seem like nepotism if I won an award my parents created).

Speaking of my parents, my mother says I might need to move to a bigger apartment to house all these awards. My mother is a very practical person.

Here's the email I got, so you can see I didn't make any of this up:

I'm pleased to inform you that Life As We Knew It has won the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, High School category, sponsored by the Maryland Association of School Librarians. The votes have been counted and over 70,000 students from across the state selected their favorite books.

Each year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given in several categories. The purpose of this award is to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature. The books placed on lists for each category are expected to broaden the human experience and provide accurate, factual information. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award honors outstanding books, chosen annually by Maryland students. For additional information on the Award and our organization please visit


Nora said...


Just talked to another person who just read Life As We Knew It for the first time and absolutely loved it. It keeps spreading!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Just like my hips!

Thank you Nora. My hips and I are all very happy right now.

Linda Jacobs said...


I've got a finicky reader in my World Literature class and I gave him a copy of d&g and he's hooked! "This is pretty good!" he said, and, believe me, this is high praise from him!

Thank you for turning kids on!

Elaine Marie Alphin said...

I'm so delighted LAWKI has won another well deserved award!!

Now, the only question is, do you have black eyes, so the award was destined to come to you? ; )

I (along with so many readers) can't wait for B3 in the spring.

Milka said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you, i live in MD so I first saw your book on the Black Eyed Susan rack in my school library, obviously i was going to vote for it but i missed the voting day because of a feild trip :[ ....
Oh well you won anyway!


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Milka-

Good thing LAWKI won even without your vote.

I hope you had a good time on your field trip!