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Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

by Jennifer Armstrong
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A lyrical novel about a day in the life of a young pioneer girl growing up on the Dakota prairie is now available in a Knopf Paperback edition. This widely praised and beautifully crafted tale deftly evokes the vast expanse of the American West, the hardships faced by pioneer families, and the strong bonds of family and community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613706384
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 3 Years

About the Author

Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her website at, or read her blog at

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Black-Eyed Susan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ten-year-old Susie lives with her family on the Dakota prairie in a sod house. Her mother is very unhappy with life on the frontier and quite obviously misses her family and a more affluent life-style back East. Susie wants to find something to cheer up her mom when she and her dad go to town to purchase another quarter section of land. An encounter with a family moving further west proves to be the prescription for her mother's misery. This is a well-written children's novel that does a good job of describing the hardships faced by the pioneer settlers of the Dakota Territory. The author has done a good job with historical research to make the novel accurate in regards to homesteading and other period details. I do question if the target audience would appreciate this work as much as adults. It probably lacks the action younger readers require to hold interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black-Eyed Susan is a story about a girl that likes to go outside every morning to see the sun rise and the clouds tumble. Her mother has a problem with depression. Her mom doesn¿t share her joy with anyone and she wants to leave the family to be by her self. At the end of the story, Susan talks to her mom and tells her that Susan needs her and that she loves her. Then her mom started to cry and than she does not leave and she stays home. After that her mom and Susan, both go outside in t he morning and they see the sun rise together. Susan is so happy. Jennifer, Armstrong¿s characters have sad feeling in the story. Susan and her mother do not talk and her mom wants to leave the family and her problems. I would resolve it by talking to that person, and the author did a great job with Susan by having her tell her mom how she felt and that she needed her. My feeling about how everything turned out with her mom was that it was sad at first because she wanted to leave, but then I was happy because her mom and Susan were back together. By the end, her mom shares her joy with her daughter and everyone. She starts talking and hanging out with everyone. I like that end of the story because everyone was happy at the end, even SUSAN! Black-Eyed Susan is a good story. If you want to know how good this book is then read it and find it!