Children’s author, H.M. Hoover, 83, of Locust Grove, VA departed this life August 22, 2018 after battling cancer. Helen was known for her warmth, quick wit, and knowledge of nature and history. She is survived by her “adopted” daughter Robin Reid, by her sister Carolyn Hoover Cernea of Locust Grove, and by nephew Andrew Steven Hoover (Thelma) of Stark County Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward Lehr Hoover and Sadie Helen Schandel Hoover, of Stark County.
Helen wrote 14 novels including Children of Morrow, Orvis and Another Heaven, Another Earth, which was named ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The Dawn Palace, also an ALA Best Book, won a Parents’ Choice Honor Award for Literature. Most of her science fiction is for older children and often features friendships between those of different generations. She wrote the text for the National Gallery of Art’s, The Whole Truth…and Other Myths: Retelling Ancient Tales. Shorter works appear in, The Big Book for Our Planet, But That’s Another Story, What On Earth? and others. Her autobiography appears in Something About the Author, Volume 8, by Joyce Nakamura, Gale Research, Inc. Detroit, 1989, pages 119 - 130. Her books are available at amazon.com as well as on audible.com.
Helen graduated from Louisville High School in Ohio in 1952 and attended Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. She was employed in a secretarial capacity by Alliance Manufacturing and by the Timken Roller Bearing in Canton. She relocated to southern California in 1956, and eventually moved to New York City in 1960 where she began to write. In the early 1980s Helen made her home In Virginia. During her career Helen gave presentations to various schools, colleges, and scholastic groups such as The American Library Association which enabled her to meet other writers and establish friendships nationwide.
Helen's wish was that all services be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s honor to the ASPCA or another animal welfare organization of your choice.