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Another Day as Emily (Hardcover)

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A delightful exploration of the trials of being 11 years-old with a heroic younger brother and theatrical best friend. The summer is NOT going as Suzy imagined it would, so she tries modeling her days after the reclusive Emily Dickinson. Though she enjoys the writing life, she finds herself missing her friends and family. We cheer Suzy on as she comes to terms with how best to reconcile her picture of what could and should happen with what is going on around her!

— From Clone of Liza's Picks


"Taut, fast-paced, economical, devoid of sham, Spinelli’s book echoes Dickinson’s own deceptive simplicity."--The New York Times Book Review

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?

About the Author

EILEEN SPINELLI is the popular, critically acclaimed, and beloved author of nearly 50 children's books. Among these are the middle-grade novels Summerhouse Time and The Dancing Pancake and picture books such as Cold Snap and Princess Pig. Eileen and her husband live in Western Pennsylvania.

JOANNE LEW-VRIETHOFF graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1995 and began her career creating characters for children's television. In 1997 she became the art director for New York's DiVision Studio, creating award-winning designs for various hi-profile clients. Since then she has moved to the Netherlands where she continues to forge her talents as a designer and illustrator. Joanne is married and has two children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780449809877
ISBN-10: 0449809870
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 240
Language: English