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Another Day as Emily

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  226 ratings  ·  58 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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Newbery 2015
39th out of 109 books — 477 voters
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Teen Books Featuring Emily Dickinson
2nd out of 11 books — 4 voters


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Tami
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
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Ms. Yingling
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
Angie
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
Rebecca
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
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
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Barbara
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
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
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
Julie
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
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Phoebe
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
Deb Tyo
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
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Brenda
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
Jen
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
Kelly Hager
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
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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
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Ann Williams
4th graders will like this story of Suzy Quinn and her connection to Emily Dickinson. I can see some great non fiction text sets developing from this story! I am heading BACK to the library to get Eileen Spinelli's other novels written in verse, Summerhouse Time and The Dancing Pancake. Check back for those reviews! :)
Joni Harris
This book is fabulous! Written as a verse novel for younger ages, grades 3rd - 6th, I highly recommend this for any school library. Eileen Spinelli uses an abundance of sensory images in the book, so the reader can feel what the character, Suzy, is feeling. Throughout the book, the theme of growing up is a main point. Many children and young middle school students will relate to the issues that Suzy is going through, from her first crush, problems with her friend, and jealous of her younger brot ...more
Wendy
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
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level: 420L
Summary:
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
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Erin
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
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Leslie
This entire book is told in short poems, and I loved both the format and the lessons Suzy learns. Such a well-done story, it covers sweet and realistic heart-lessons about friendship, attention, dreams, disappointments, and being a big sister. Another Day as Emily would have been perfect for elementary-school-aged me, as I had a tendency to sulk after disappointments and also loved learning about historical figures.
Marjie
This is an interesting story about friendship and being yourself. Sibling rivalry and the changes that come about over time with friendships played important roles in Suzy's journey. I didn't think the poetry format added to the story. It felt like a way to make the book longer instead of an interesting way to tell the story.
Maggie Burgess
This was a sweet story. I wanted to read it before buying it for my classroom, and now I'm still undecided if my students would love it. It's a quick read with simple prose, but a nice message. If I ever found it for a great price, I'd probably pick it up, but I won't be rushing out to look. I can think of a few girls who might enjoy it.
Alexa
Sep 08, 2014 Alexa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: tween
Lovely, authentic feeling story about a girl who is overshadowed by her little brtoher's 15 minutes of small-town fame but I wasn't sure what the verse structure of the novel added. As a librarian, I loved Tween Time at the library though it's not currently anything like what I do for tween time at the library.
Melanie
Written in poetry form, this book is about Suzy, a tween girl trying to find her place in the world. At the stage where she feels a little bit invisible when she wants to be noticed, and a little too noticeable when she wants to hide, Suzy is inspired by Emily Dickinson and lives a few days in her shoes.
Leigh
Similiar to "Becoming Teddy Roosevelt", a young girl decides to make herself over as Emily Dickinson. The book is funny and sweet. Not great literature but an amusing and pleasant read. Might work for reluctant readers or work as a Bluebonnet nominee.
Teresa Osgood
This was a change of pace. It's a simple tale, but one that rings true. I even cried real tears in one spot. I was surprised that the entire book was in verse, but I guess a Dickinson-themed story should be.
Bethe
bookaday #123. When her little brother gets all the attention for a heroic act, Suzy decides to become a recluse like Emily Dickinson. Satisfying story about some of the difficult stages of being a tweenager.
Lara
Storyline doesn't pick up till halfway through the book. Written in verse, so perhaps that is why it took so long to build. But I almost forgot what it was that got me interested in picking it up.
Meredith
I greatly enjoyed Suzy's attempts to go recluse. I did not, however, enjoy "the verse" ... another occurrence, to me, of an author just sticking returns throughout their sentences.
Alice
Cute novel in verse about a tween who's summer is overshadowed by one event: her younger brother calls 911 when their neighbor has a "spell" and in order to escape she pretends to be Emily Dickinson for a while.
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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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