Book review: A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson, by Barbara Dana

Dana, Barbara. A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson. Harper Teen, 2009. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-028704-7. 326 p. Gr. 6 – 12. P6Q9

dana-voice-of-her-ownEmily lives in a world where her future is set in stone.  Because she is a girl, she isn’t expected to do anything other than successfully run a household and accept Christianity like a good little girl.  But Emily is strong and willful; she struggles quietly against her father’s ideas, even though she loves to please him.  One of her passions is writing and poetry.  Emily is fascinated with her ability to create words that express herself and finds it the greatest joy in life. Death is all around Emily’s family during her teenage years, and she is forced into a very mature role, but while she struggles to fulfill it, she also finds herself.  She constantly falls in and out of love, loses and gains friends, and feels quite alone as she challenges the world around her.

September 2016 review by Sam Case Elementary student D.S.


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