New York : Front Street, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 3.3
live in a box with four sides, tall and brown. I cannot get out.” These
are the chilling open lines to this story about Suzie, a twelve-year-old
girl who is living in a mental hospital. The story is told from Suzie’s
point of view. Sometimes Suzie is able to escape from her box by going
to her pink cloud in her mind and looking down. Suzie feels that she is
doing her job, sitting, with her knees to her chest, not talking, not walking,
not eating, and not crying.
Black-Eyed Suzie is an intense story about a young girl’s journey in and out of mental illness. (Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu, Armstrong Middle School, Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2003-2004)
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Mental illness -- Fiction.
Abused children -- Fiction.