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: http://nyti.ms/1guT188.
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 Phillies’ baseball, and just might be interested in her first boyfriend. Written in free verse, the novel captures the wonderful human relationships in the neighborhood, the frustrations of sibling rivalry and gently looks at race relations. When Suzy becomes Emily for several days, those relationships are challenged and Suzy learns more about Emily Dickinson…and herself. Illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff add to this book’s enjoyment.
Miss Emily, written by Burleigh Mutén and illustrated by Matt Phelan, is also a verse novel. It takes as its premise that Miss Dickinson invites several Amherst children to sneak out at midnight and watch a circus train arrive. She assumes the name Prosperina, “Queen of the Night”; the children become Gypsies; adventures ensue. The plot line may be appealing to young boys as well as girls, providing an opportunity to introduce the K-3 set to Miss Dickinson’s naturalistic and minimalist verse.
Both of these titles along with Dickinson’s selected poems would be suitable for both the classroom and an adult book discussion. Highly recommended.