Do you ever wish that you were someone else? Maybe someone famous?
Envious of her brother’s sudden fame as town hero, eleven-year-old Suzy extends her feelings of disconnection into an extreme identification with Emily Dickinson, the reculsive 19th century poet. This novel in verse invites the reader inside Suzy’s head as she tries on being Emily instead of Suzy. She enjoys the temporary solitude but is drawn back to becoming herself by her warm friends and family, the appeal of doing theater and an invitation to a Phillies game. Suzy ultimately recognizes the simple gifts of her regular life as herself.
This book is a simple novel in verse and would be ideal for a third grade reader who enjoys realistic fiction or a reluctant reader who is ready for the transition to chapter books.
Mary Jo, Kids World