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A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lovely first-person narration helps bring Dickinson to life.

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Dane has done a wonderful job of inhabiting Dickinson's life. She portrays her as an intelligent and loving young woman who did not see herself as anything special, but nonetheless faced obstacles such as panic attacks with determination and an unfailing appreciation of the beauty of the world around her. Readers who enjoy Jane Austen novels or historical fiction will also enjoy A VOICE OF HER OWN; readers who already love Dickinson's poetry will find her world opening up with this book.

Dane magically sprinkles some phrases used by Dickinson throughout the book, while creating new poems as Emily might have that create the same universal appeal. Author's notes include phrases from Dickinson's writing that the author included; basic facts about Dickinson, notes about the author's research, and a bibliography for further reading.

Book Details

  • Author: Barbara Dana
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: March 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 16
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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