Miss Emily (Hardcover)

By Burleigh Muten, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763657345, 134pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2014



Discover the mischievous and affectionate side of a revered poet in this adventure about Emily Dickinson, four young friends, and a traveling circus.
When an invitation to join Miss Emily in the garden appears, Mattie, Ned, Sally, and Mac know they re in for some fun because Miss Emily Emily Dickinson to the rest of us always has a surprise in store for her young friends. And today's may be the biggest adventure yet. In Burleigh Muten's suspenseful story, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Matt Phelan, Mac, the youngest member of the group, tells what happens when a reclusive poet and her band of pretend Gypsies wait for the midnight circus train to arrive.

About the Author

Burleigh Muten is a member of the Emily Dickinson International Society and a frequent volunteer at the Dickinson Homestead. She has published several books for children, including "The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures." Burleigh Muten lives in western Massachusetts.

Matt Phelan is the author-illustrator of the highly acclaimed graphic novel "The Storm in the Barn, "winner of a Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction; "Around the World, "a Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominee; and "Bluffton." He lives in Philadelphia."

Praise For Miss Emily

"Miss Emily" is Emily Dickinson, and Mutén’s novel, appropriately penned in free verse, presents the poet as an engaging, warm, and somewhat whimsical personality. ... Phelan successfully uses softly muted black-and-white pencil sketches to capture this suspenseful tale of a midnight adventure. They gently imbue this charming story with a wonderful mix of humor and daredevilry.
—School Library Journal

Uplifting and clever, Mutén’s tale also includes a layer of biographical detail sure to tantalize Dickinson lovers everywhere.
—Kirkus Reviews

[T]his slim verse novel celebrates the joys and troubles of a simpler time. Mutén’s free verse moves apace, capturing both the romance of the adventure and the plain beauty we associate with Dickinson’s poetry. For their part, Phelan’s graphite sketches, each identified by the line of text it depicts, convey an atmosphere of old-fashioned zeal. Based on actual relationships and events, this fantastical outing will foster curious readers’ imaginations

The tale has a measure of old-fashioned charm.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books