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Another Day as Emily

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  370 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
"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 fro
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Another Day as Emily is a new work in free verse by Eileen Spinelli. I fell in love with Spinelli's work when I read Where I Live and The Dancing Pancake and I was excited to see a new book by this author on the shelf at the library. I was not disappointed.

Another Day as Emily is told from Suzy's point of view. Suzy is 11 years old. Her younger brother makes a 911 call when he finds their next door neighbor collapsed on the floor and is proclaimed a local hero--complete with a homemade cape and
Ms. Yingling
Feb 02, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
In this novel in verse, Suzy is miffed because her younger brother gets all the glory for calling 911 when Suzy's friend and neighbor, the elderly Mrs. Harden, collapses. Suzy stayed and held her hand, but no one cares about that. Suzy isn't getting along all that well with her friend Allison, and after Suzy is assigned Emily Dickinson for a summer project, she takes her research one step further and starts to try to be a recluse like Dickinson, not seeing anyone and trying to wear all white dre ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm not fair to this book, because I'm irritated that the description and title don't (for me) match what this book really is, and my annoyance is out of proportion. There's nothing so very wrong with it. People are always saying that novels in verse are just books with weird line breaks, and most of the time I don't think that's valid (whether I like the book or not), but here I think it really IS. (I had a wait-a-moment feeling early on and thought "maybe this is written in Dickinson com ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting as it was written in a diary format by a pre-teen girl. The story revolved around Susie and her feeling of being left out of things, a situation that was remedied (almost) by a summer library project that surrounded picking a character from history from the 1800's and then giving a report. Susie chose Emily Dickinson, of course. She decided that the best thing for her was to become "Emily"-like which she did but quickly learned that it is best to be who you are. T ...more
Jan 30, 2017 Eliza rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I didn't love it because there really wasn't that much action in it. I also would have liked it more if she had pretended to be a different person than Emily.
Becky Porter
Jan 17, 2017 Becky Porter rated it liked it
Short, simple middle-grade fiction written in free verse. An enjoyable read.
Jan 04, 2017 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
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Katie Fitzgerald
Suzy, the protagonist of Eileen Spinelli’s latest middle grade novel in verse, is having a difficult summer. Her younger brother has had a recent rise to fame after calling 911 for an ill neighbor, making Suzy feel excluded, and her best friend would rather audition for a play than participate in the public library's tween summer program. Suzy is also worried about Gilbert, a boy she might like, who has been accused of stealing. When Suzy learns about Emily Dickinson through the library program, ...more
Dawn Moews
Apr 28, 2015 Dawn Moews rated it liked it
Shelves: n1
Suzy is a great kid. She cares about her family and neighbors and likes to help them out. She is just starting to get interested in a boy and is as supportive as she knows how to be when he is accused of doing something wrong. She shares her greatest interests with her friend and shares her friends' interest as well. Her life is really pretty good--until, that is, her little brother, Parker, becomes a hero for calling 911 when she collapses while getting him a cookie. Suzy comes into the house a ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 420L
Suzy, her younger brother Parker, and their parents have a normal life, until Parker becomes the "little hero" of the neighborhood. Suzy then feels like she is not noticed and becomes the black sheep of the family. She feels a lot like the famous poet Emily Dickinson who she is learning about in her book club, and she even begins to act like Emily. She won't come out of her room, she refuses to talk to her family and friends, she dresses in white everyday like Emily and
Jul 26, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
First sentence: Mrs. Harden nearly died today.

Premise/plot: Suzy, the heroine, becomes jealous of her younger brother, Parker, when he saves Mrs. Harden's life by calling 911 and becoming the town's "little hero." The situation continues perhaps because Suzy's mom can't resist supporting, encouraging, enabling the hero-complex--cape and all. Suzy's friend, Alison, is good for her, for the most part. But Alison doesn't love to read, and, doesn't really enjoy going to the library for tween-time. S
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it liked it
I enjoy fiction about literary persons so I was intrigued by the reviews of two juvenile titles involving Emily Dickinson. See those New York Times reviews here:
Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli is written for the 9-12 female audience, featuring the spunky Suzy, a tween who loves to read, is passionate about Phillie’s baseball, and just might be interested in her first boyfriend. Written in free verse, the novel captures the wonderful human relationships in the neig
Penny McGill
This is the kind of book you just fall into - two or three pages in and you are best friends with Suzy and 100% on side with her. Everything seems to make sense and it is that kind of instant alliance with a character that makes a book like this the perfect thing to give to a kid. I know this book would have been a re-reading choice when I was young and as soon as I was finished it I passed it on to my daughter because there was so much to like in Suzy.

Now, it's not a warm and fuzzy read. Suzy i
Jeremiah Henderson
Dec 11, 2016 Jeremiah Henderson rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Emily Dickinson and I thought this book was a clever story about a girl who feels left out and takes on a new persona as Emily. Very easy read!
Oct 19, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
This novel in verse starts out with Suzy's four year old brother calling 911 for the elderly neighbor, who has been taken ill. He's then lauded through the town as the "little hero," and Suzy is irritated and jealous. Then there's her best friend Alison, who seems less and less interested in what interests Suzy. The only bright spot in the summer is Gilbert, whom Suzy refuses to believe is a thief, and with whom she starts spending more time. But when she's rejected for a role in a local play, a ...more
Tween Suzy Quinn becomes more than a little disconcerted by all the attention showered on her little brother Parker when he saves a neighbor's life. It's not that she's jealous of him--oh, maybe a little bit--but surely, she deserves some notice too. To add insult to injury, Suzy and her best friend Alison try out for parts in a play, and she doesn't make the cut. Her plans for her birthday celebration are spoiled too. While the book discussion group she is attending is focusing on the 1800s and ...more
Suzy's little brother becomes a hero when he calls 911 for a neighbor. Suddenly Suzy is second fiddle in the family and Parker is getting all the attention. Suzy's and her best friend Alison are taking part in Tween Time at the library during the summer and learning about the 1800s. Suzy is also friends with Gilbert, a young man who does odd jobs around the neighborhood. Gilbert is accused of stealing from one of the neighbors, but Suzy is sure he didn't do it. When Suzy learns about Emily Dicki ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jul 05, 2014 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
This was another great novel-in-verse from Eileen Spinelli. The verse is in a style that I think makes the story read like a diary or journal. I like how Mrs. Spinelli writes the story so you can really understand how Suzy/Emily feels about the stuff going on in her life. I think Suzy/Emily went a bit over-the-top in handling her problems, but at least it was inventive! ;) The problems Suzy is having is pretty much what a lot of middle school aged kids have and I think it makes the characters mo ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. Here are the pluses:

I like a novel “in verse”.
It’s a quick read.
There is not too much to consider: a regular adolescent girl feels like she doesn’t fit in. She tries on a few different “personas”, trying to find a more comfortable way to stand in her own shoes.
There are some cute illustrations throughout (though not too many).
It is a simple, quick read and will appeal to many kids in the 3rd-to-5th grade.

Some negatives:
It is not a great nove
Oct 13, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Suzy's little brother calls 911 for an elderly neighbor, while Suzy holds her hand. He becomes a "little hero", annoyingly so. Eventually, he wrecks her birthday baseball game trip by running off to help with a local fire. Suzy decides to emulate Emily Dickinson, whom she's read about as part of a summer reading program. She withdraws into her room, only wears a white dress (making it hard to ride her bike) and cuts off contact with anyone who won't write to her.

Written in free verse, this book
When Suzy's 4-year-old brother, Parker, sees their neighbor have a "fit" he calls 911 and becomes a local hero. Her best friend Alison gets a part in the Ridgley Community Theater play, but Suzy doesn't. Then on her birthday, just as she and her dad are on their way to a Phillies game, her mother calls in a panic: Parker is nowhere to be found. Even though she wants Parker to be safe, Suzy resents that her little brother has a way of stealing the limelight no matter what. Meanwhile, at Tween Tim ...more
Aimee Ashley
Geared for students in grades 3-5.

Suzy's little brother is getting all of the attention as a local hero for calling 911 after their neighbor collapsed. Suzy and her best friend have completely different interests that keep coming between them. And, Suzy isn't satisfied with the results of the play auditions. Everywhere she turns, Suzy is facing disappointment and struggles. To deal with being in the dumps, Suzy decides to emulate the reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson (whom Suzy is reading a
Deb Tyo
Sep 08, 2014 Deb Tyo rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-in-verse
Read and reviewed for Teacher's Choice Book Awards.

Simple verse novel.

***Love "Mom's Book Addiction" poem on page 21...

...I won't be shocked
if one morning
I come down to breakfast
and find Mom
in one of her fogs,
eating a page of a book
with a dollop of strawberry jam.

***After reading "Mrs. Harden's Treasure Box" students could write about which objects would be in their own treasure boxes.

***Students could read a poem, decide on the central idea, and write it as the title of each poem. Compare their
Oct 04, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
A novel written in verse that introduces the young reader to Emily Dickinson. The characters in the book are realistic and funny. Suzy and her little brother Parker are visiting an elderly neighbor who collapses. Suzy holds her hand and offers comfort while her little brother calls 911. Parker receives all the credit and becomes the "young hero" featured in the local newspaper and riding in the head car in the Fourth of July parade. He even puts on his "super hero cape" for the newspaper picture ...more
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise - you know!

How dreary - to be - somebody!
How public - like a Frog -
To tell one's name - the lifelong June -
To an admiring Bog!

(Emily Dickinson)

And that's exactly how Suzy feels after her little brother turns with a deed into the town's celebrated hero. He seems to get all the attention, degrading her into a Nobody. Then she discovers the work and life of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson and emb
Kelly Hager
Jan 12, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
I've been hoping to read more middlegrade this year, and I am off to a fantastic start. Another Day as Emily is a novel in verse.

Suzy is kind of miserable and decides a reinvention is just what she needs...except it's almost more like reincarnation. She decides to become just like Emily Dickinson. (This goes about as well as you're imagining.)

I absolutely loved Suzy, and completely understood her frustration. And if you're going to try and find a person to emulate, you could definitely do worse
Aug 29, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-read
Again, Goodreads, give me half stars! Because this is a 3.5 star book. Suzy's feeling left out when her little brother becomes a big hero in town, and a series of unfortunate events don't make things any better. Suzy's feelings boil over into taking on Emily Dickinson's persona--including dressing like her, doing activities that Emily would do (while cutting out the ones that she would never do), and becoming a recluse.

The book is in verse, which I think is hit or miss with kids. It has moments
Jul 18, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Suzy, her younger brother Parker, and their parents have a normal life, until Parker becomes the "little hero" of the neighborhood. Suzy then feels like she is not noticed and becomes the black sheep of the family. She feels a lot like the famous poet Emily Dickinson who she is learning about in her book club, and she even begins to act like Emily. She won't come out of her room, she refuses to talk to her family and friends, she dresses in white everyday like Emily and changes her name to "Emil ...more
Stephanie Croaning
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
Nov 17, 2016 Kaley rated it liked it
Shelves: book-talk
This book is written in an interesting style, free form, which could be enticing for a young reader. I would recommend this book to a 4th grade girl, simply because the style of the book is age appropriate and a girl could probably relate the emotions, the main character, Suzy, emits throughout the book. There's also a few side stories about sibling rivalry/jealousy, best friend troubles, and first crushes any kid around this age could definitely relate to. I would encourage students in my class ...more
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Eileen Spinelli, wife of famed children's author Jerry Spinelli, is an award winning children's book author from southeastern Pennsylvania.
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