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Another Day as Emily

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  109 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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Wendi Lee
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suzy is having a hard time. Her four year old brother is a local hero, having saved their neighbor by calling 911. She feels invisible, and it just gets worse when her best friend gets a role in a community play, and Suzy does not. She finds solace in Emily Dickinson, and decides that she will be just like Emily - a poet and a recluse.

The events in this middle grade book aren't tragic or heartbreaking, but I'm fine with that. Suzy is a realistic eleven year old jealous of her brother, trying to
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 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 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
Grace Bittle
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a really cute book.
Kind of hard to read: it's written in verse!
Tsia Gibson
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note to self: reread!!!
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This middle grade novel is written in a style that is quick and easy to read. The chapters are very short, going from thought to thought and experience of the main character, Suzy. She's a 12-year-old who becomes very disgruntled about how her life is going, feeling slighted and disappointed, so when she learns about Emily Dickinson she decides to become a recluse the way she did. It was harder than Suzy expected.
Young readers will be able to relate to this story which is told from Suzy's persp
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 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 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 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
Oct 19, 2014 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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is on our school district's reading list for 2017-2018 for 4th-6th graders (Called the MCBA Mash-up list for anyone local who might see this). My daughter decided she wanted to read it and we got it from the library through inter-library-loan. She started reading it in the car on the way home from the library and kept her nose in the book (putting off supper) until she was done with it. We ate dinner and then I picked it up and read through it until I was finished. So it's a quick and easy ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as a nice simple summer read. I was drawn to the book because it spoke about relating to Emily Dickinson, a poet I discuss in my 4th grade class. I'm always looking for ways to connect my readers to writers of all genres and all time periods. This was not what I expected, but I did enjoy the story of Suzy feeling left out and unimportant in her life so she tries to become just like Emily Dickinson. I could see a young girl doing just that for a few weeks in the summer. I also ...more
Feb 13, 2017 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 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, childrens-lit
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.
Paula Hollohan
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
A quick, free verse read about Suzy adopting Emily Dickinson's most eccentric behaviours but in this modern day with a mom, dad and a bratty little brother. Not as easy as it sounds. Does she risk all her relationships (especially with Gilbert) to be like Emily? Or does the freedom of summer call? Grade 3-6
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. Written in simple verse it tells the story of 12-year old Suzy's summer. She is sick and tired of the attention her younger brother is receiving for being a "hero." Through a summer library program she learns about Emily Dickinson, and decides to become her. Lots of fun, loved her voice, loved the characters--especially her relationship with her older neighbors.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
One thing I just can't understand is why Suzy would want to be in her room for so long instead of solving her problem. I do like that she is such a kind girl. I was really happy when she didn't blame Gilbert for stealing Mrs. Bagwell's ring like everyone else did. She didn't because she said there is no proof. Suzy reeky is a good charter.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mary Anne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suzy is enjoying a summer filled with dreams of baseball games, Tween time at the Library, riding her bike and becoming friends with a neighborhood boy. She learns about Emily Dickinson at Tween time and decides to take on Emily's persona only to learn that being Suzy is best of all. One star because it is written in verse and another star because it is about our local star, Miss Emily.
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just love all of Eileen Spinelli's books. They just remind me of my childhood - simple, small town life. Reading this book just felt like crawling into my childhood bed with my favorite blanket fresh from the dryer - cozy and comforting. Like the main character, Suzy, I also had a fascination with Emily Dickinson - however, I didn't take it quite as far as she did, lol.
Paula Falvey
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel like writing in verse is all the rage right now. This book felt more like just short, choppy sentences. I think it will appeal to fourth/fifth girls who are dealing with some of the same emotions as Suzy--developing different interests than your best friend, starting to like a boy, annoying little brothers, etc. I thought it was just ok.
Maggie Mattmiller
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Ginny Daniels
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute story about how Suzy deals with jealousy of her younger brother's heroism and disappointments which involve her love of baseball and her relationship with her best friend. It's also about how she learns to be true to herself, after being Emily Dickinson. Good for 2nd grade reading level, but content for 3rd or 4th due to her crush on Gilbert. However, it's still "G-rated". #sharonsummerread
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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.