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Susie B. Won't Back Down



by
Margaret Finnegan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534496361
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Political Viewpoint/Satire , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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Roll with It meets Absolutely Normal Chaos in this funny, big-hearted novel about a young girl’s campaign for student council president, told through letters to her hero Susan B. Anthony.

Susie B. has a lot to say. Like how it’s not fair that she has to be called Susie B. instead of plain Susie. Or about how polar bears are endangered. Or how the Usual Geniuses are always getting picked for cool stuff over the kids like her with butterflies in their brain. And it’s because Susie B. has a lot to say about these very important things that she’s running for student council president!

If she’s president, she can advocate for the underdogs just like her hero and fellow Susie B., Susan B. Anthony. (And, okay, maybe the chance to give big speeches to the whole school with a microphone is another perk.) But when the most usual of Usual Geniuses also enters the student council race, Susie realizes this may be a harder won fight than she thought. Even worse, Susie discovers that Susan B. Anthony wasn’t as great as history makes it seem, and she did some pretty terrible things to try to help her own cause. Soon, Susie has her own tough decisions to make. But one thing is for sure—no matter what, Susie B. won’t back down.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Political Viewpoint/Satire , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.2: points 8

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Epistolary

Topics

Middle schools. Friendship. Student council. School politics. School assignments.  Susan B. (Susan Brownell) Anthony (1820–1906). Feminism. Self-acceptance. Popularity. Letters.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-A sassy, no-nonsense epistolary novel about a girl who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to share her opinions. Fifth grader Susie B. chooses Susan B. Anthony for her Hero Project because she believes her to be a "brave and determined defender of women's rights." The Hero Project involves writing directly to her hero in a journal, and consequently readers learn about Susan B. Anthony's life through Susie B.'s musings. When Susie decides to run for student council president against the "usual geniuses" (the kids she believes the teachers think are perfect), much fifth-grade drama ensues, most caused by Susie herself. Susie and her peers share a realization as they learn more about their heroes-that all people have flaws despite their achievements. Susie B. comes to terms with the reality of Susan B. Anthony, the student council election, and friendship issues in ways realistic and appropriate for a fifth grader. VERDICT This novel is perfect for discussions in small groups or a classroom setting and will join the ranks of other great realistic fiction books like Alesha Dixon's Lightning Girl, and Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s. A must-have for any middle grade collection.-Kim Gardner, Fort Worth Country Day Sch., TX

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-A sassy, no-nonsense epistolary novel about a girl who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to share her opinions. Fifth grader Susie B. chooses Susan B. Anthony for her Hero Project because she believes her to be a "brave and determined defender of women's rights." The Hero Project involves writing directly to her hero in a journal, and consequently readers learn about Susan B. Anthony's life through Susie B.'s musings. When Susie decides to run for student council president against the "usual geniuses" (the kids she believes the teachers think are perfect), much fifth-grade drama ensues, most caused by Susie herself. Susie and her peers share a realization as they learn more about their heroes-that all people have flaws despite their achievements. Susie B. comes to terms with the reality of Susan B. Anthony, the student council election, and friendship issues in ways realistic and appropriate for a fifth grader. VERDICT This novel is perfect for discussions in small groups or a classroom setting and will join the ranks of other great realistic fiction books like Alesha Dixon's Lightning Girl, and Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s. A must-have for any middle grade collection.-Kim Gardner, Fort Worth Country Day Sch., TX

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