Finding Susie

By Sandra Day O'Connor; Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375841033, 40pp.)

Publication Date: June 23, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Library Binding

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A “perfect pet” story from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Sandra is growing up on a desert ranch surrounded by animals, but she wants one to have her very own pet. A tortoise isn’t really friendly, a little rabbit is too fearful, and a young coyote howls to rejoin his pack. A bobcat almost fits the bill, but soon grows too big and fierce to be a housecat. Sandra’s parents let her learn for herself that these animals are best suited to the wild, though it is often hard to let them go. Finally, a smiley little stray dog finds Sandra. Sandra names the dog Susie, and the two become wonderful friends.

About the Author

As a child, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor got to know a wide variety of the wild, indigenous animals that surrounded her desert ranch home. Finding Susie is a composite of her own and her siblings’ experiences. She currently lives in Arizona.

Tom Pohrt’s illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, as well as in many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Crow and Weasel, written by Barry Lopez. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praise For Finding Susie

Review, The New York Times Book Review, August 16, 2009:

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