Books by Susan Musgrave

MY LOVE IS FOR YOU by Susan Musgrave
Released: March 26, 2019

"If your love is sweet like honey, share this with a child your love is for. (Board book. 2-4)"
A poetic ode to the love a parent feels for a child—love that is "pure," "tender," "sweet," "fierce," "strong," and "endless." Read full book review >
MORE BLUEBERRIES! by Susan Musgrave
Released: March 1, 2015

"A little monomaniacal, but a great read-aloud that supports both vocabulary building and phonemic awareness. (Board book. 6 mos -2)"
Two siblings overindulge in the titular fruit. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU MORE by Susan Musgrave
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not exactly captivating toddler fare, but this celebration of love and life will no doubt be enjoyed by doting new parents and their not-yet-mobile infants. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A parent or other loving caregiver proclaims love for a child in a series of couplets that invoke the beauty of each month of the year. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Seven short memoirs reveal the inner lives of young women and the secrets they hold. "Meet Cathy, my public personality." So begins the first piece by Cathy Stonehouse, in which the speaker introduces readers to the split personality she's created to survive her abusive home life. Other voices chime in: one describes the slow rotting of her parent's marriage that she can see more clearly than they; another remembers the one time her father came through for her—the time that it mattered, when he could have revealed their secret to her entire school. The clarity of voice and benefit of hindsight give these pieces of creative nonfiction an edge over traditional fictional narratives. Short, shocking and far too familiar, they give voice to the sadly common tragedies of teen's lives, while promising a future in which the speakers become strong women and gifted writers. The authors in this Canadian import will be new to US audiences who will hope to see more of them. (Nonfiction. 13+)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Seven established women writers look back to their teenage years with fictionalized short stories describing serious traumas they experienced as adolescents. The seven stories collected here have the power to keep young readers engaged by confronting formerly taboo subjects such as rape, homosexuality, drugs, and delinquency. Told with compelling honesty and realism, each story portrays serious difficulties faced by many teens, yet most also touch on more common adolescent relationships, such as those with teachers, friends, and boys. Melanie Little describes how a 15-year-old girl escapes her rigidly controlled life as a figure skater, to end up being gang-raped while drunk at a party. M.K. Quednau and Musgrave recall their own rebellious high-school years as they began to emerge as writers. Karen Rivers recounts an experience with bulimia, and Madeline Thien and Carellin Brooks focus on home life. One watches a family disintegrate, and the other describes a girl desperately avoiding her foster father's sexual advances. Marnie Woodrow watches a girl emerge as a lesbian. With their honest depiction of subjects holding high interest for teenage girls, these seven stories offer excellent doors into books for reluctant readers. Written with consistently high literary quality, all seven stories deserve attention from those seeking excellence in YA writing. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

The dream phantasms of a high-spirited narrator intersect, even crowd, reality, but the stream-of-consciousness text makes for a rambling, radically personal tale. Playful images of a stuffed lion, trampoline, purple shoes, and a cat named Pine-Cone take hold in a young girl's imagination, despite her "old" mother who makes her go to bed when she'd rather "stay up early" and a big sister with a cranky disposition. At home, she likes counting flea bites and pretending to be a worm, but is afraid of the dark and going to Grade One. The second half of the book takes off in a separate first-day-of school direction. Wild dreams precede the big day, which includes bullies on the playground and instant friend Chelsea. The childlike articulations of the text are endearing, but not quite of universal interest, and don't add up to a compelling story; children may more readily warm to Gay's illustrations, which include a dreamlike flying cat, a menacing hot dog, and an uproarious stuffed toy looming over everyday domestic scenes. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >