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Another Day as Emily

by Eileen Spinelli

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This is a novel in verse about an 11-year-old girl, Suzy, who decides to try to live like Emily Dickinson -- wears only white dresses, doesn't leave the house, communicates only by letter. She is fed up with her life, because her brother has ruined her birthday celebration, she didn't get cast in the play, and she is feeling disconnected from her best friend. What she discovers is that it's hard to be a recluse and instead of working so hard to be Emily, she must figure out how to be Suzy.

I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. I really liked the ending, but felt the book was slow to get interesting. The independent reading level is 3.5. ( )
  stephanie.croaning | Sep 28, 2014 |
Emily's brother is deemed a hero after calling 911 and saving someone's life, and Emily is jealous. Emily, hence, is searching for her recognition–for her place in the universe. She coaxes her friend Alison to sign up for Tween Time at the library and all summer they read about people from the 1800s. Emily chooses Emily Dickinson, and gets quite wrapped up in emulating the author's life out of the public eye. Alison coaxes Emily to audition for a play - and Emily is devastated when she doesn't get the part. Dealing with the ups and downs of daily life, this novel in verse is a quick read that introduces many important historical figures -- hence creating an opening for additional research. ( )
  pataustin | Aug 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449809870, Hardcover)

Eleven-year-old Suzy just can't win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project. Suzy decides to escape from her disappointments by emulating the poet's life of solitude: no visitors or phone calls (only letters delivered through her window), no friends (except her goldfish, Ottilie), and no outings (except church, but only if she can wear her long white Emily dress).

But being a recluse is harder than Suzy predicted. Will she find a way to fold Emily into her life while also remaining true to herself?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 01 May 2014 12:50:04 -0400)

"Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson"--

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