Born: April 5, 1935
Died: August 22, 2018
Ohio connection: Birth
H. M. (Helen Mary) Hoover, daughter of Edward Lehr and Sadie (Schandel) Hoover, was born in 1935 in Stark County, Ohio. She attended Mount Union College in Ohio and the Los Angeles County School of Nursing in California. After six months, she decided not to pursue a nursing career, but continued college work at the Los Angeles City College. She went on to hold several office positions before deciding in 1969 to give up traditional jobs and pursue a career in writing. Her first book, a juvenile fiction title, Children of Morrow, was published in 1973. Her second book, The Lion`s Club, was a children`s historical novel set in Russia. After that, Hoover tended to stay with her first love, juvenile science fiction. Some of her titles are Treasures of Morrow; The Delikon; The Lost Star; The Return to Earth; The Bell Tree; Orvis; The Dawn Palace: The Story of Medea; Away is a Strange Place to Be; and The Winds of Mars. She also contributed to two books on writing: Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction; and The Whole Truth – And Other Myths: Retelling Ancient Tales. She was also a contributor to the periodical Language Arts.
For many years H.M. Hoover lived in Burke, Virginia. On August 22, 2018, in Locust Grove, Virginia, she died of cancer at age 83.
The Lion’s Club was selected as a Children’s Book of the Year by the Child Study Association of America, and one of the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults,” both 1974; Another Heaven, Another Earth was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults,” 1981, and received the Ohioana Award, 1982; Central Missouri State College Award for outstanding contribution to children’s literature, 1984; Parents Choice Honor Award, 1987, for Orvis; The Dawn Palace was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults,” named to Enoch Pratt Library’s “Youth to Youth Books List,” and received Parents Choice Honor Award, all in 1988.