Books by Suzanne Beaky

THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams. Read full book review >
WHAT'S BUGGING NURSE PENNY? by Catherine Stier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Might incite some sympathy scratching but worth inclusion in most collections. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What is wrong with Nurse Penny? Read full book review >
THE BUSY LIFE OF ERNESTINE BUCKMEISTER by Linda Ravin Lodding
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The valuable lesson is all the more effective for being shown, and not preached—though perhaps it's meant more for adults than the children they are reading to. (Picture book. 5-7) "
What does it mean to "live life to the fullest"? Read full book review >
HAILEY TWITCH AND THE CAMPGROUND ITCH by Lauren Barnholdt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

Hailey Twitch's excitement turns sour when her teenage sister's demanding friend joins the family on a weekend getaway. Even the second grader's not-so-imaginary sidekick Maybelle faces challenges at the family campground. Desperate to retain her magical abilities, the spunky sprite exerts her powers with unintended consequences. This series entry maintains a well-realized child-centered perspective through every humorous magical snafu. (Arcade games run amok, and the bossy friend's hair turns green.) Hailey's realistic worries address her jealousy and self-doubt as she initially emulates her sibling's behavior. When her sister takes part in a forbidden exploration, Hailey's thoughtful response demonstrates substantial growth. Hailey also reveals her growing maturity as she empathizes with her favorite classmate. "Now I know how Addie Jokobeck feels when she is trying to get me to listen to lots and lots of rules. It feels like a very big frustration." The youngster's energetic voice rings true despite an overabundance of exclamation points. Wispy cartoon sketches depict outraged expressions and sheepish grins. A cliffhanger sets the stage for the next installment. This wholly satisfying trek embodies the a typical Hailey-ism: "very fun and funny." (Fantasy. 6-9)Read full book review >
HAILEY TWITCH AND THE GREAT TEACHER SWITCH by Lauren Barnholdt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

The cantankerous Mr. Frisk doesn't stand a chance against precocious Hailey Twitch and her impish fairy Maybelle. Both aspire to befriend their elderly neighbor for personal gain; Hailey's efforts intensify as she enlists the seasoned actor as director in their school play. While the child's wacky attempts at friendship prove disastrous—Mr. Frisk does not appreciate his morning breakfast doused in syrup and left soaking in raw egg—her off-base efforts to apologize prove more appalling still. The dynamic between the lively youngster and her strong-willed sprite takes center stage, and Beaky's drawings make the most of the situational humor. Hailey's child-centered perceptions remain spot-on, combining laugh-out-loud moments with gentle insight. "But I know deep down in my heart that it is not true. Cereal is the easy way out." This winning series depicts one youngster's balancing act between her sweet and spunky sides and provides a welcome resource for kids waiting for the next Clementine or Moxy Maxwell. (Fantasy. 6-9)Read full book review >
HAILEY TWITCH IS NOT A SNITCH by Lauren Barnholdt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

Spunky Hailey Twitch meets her match when an overeager fairy befriends her. High-spirited Maybelle hopes her energetic escapades will endear her to the youngster and earn her acceptance from the Department of Magic. Unfortunately, the sprite's childish antics only bring trouble at home and tension at school; as Maybelle is visible only to Hailey, her misguided attempts to help the child backfire. Barnholdt focuses on fledgling friendships and dreaded partner assignments to successfully capture elementary school's complex dynamics. The classmates' realistic dialogue supports the lighthearted tale. Hailey's engaging narration is developmentally egocentric and appropriately child-centered. Though Hailey is an active participant in the fairy's misbehavior at first, her growth in empathy reveals a developing maturity. Beaky's animated illustrations extend the breezy narrative. Impish Maybelle shines in each of her energetic drawings; her doll clothes and patterned wings convey her exuberant personality. Though there's nothing unusual about a fantasy series that stars a plucky protagonist, this introductory entry serves as a solid selection for transitioning readers. (Magical adventure. 6-9)Read full book review >