teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college, a small black arachnid
bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger and sends her nights
into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher–a one Ms.
Morlson–who, ultimately, holds Susie’s college aspirations in the sweaty
palm of her cold calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the
dreams are real, she ups the ante and visits the teacher regularly but…
as the spider. And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on
flies, hiding over there in the corner?
Amazon Bestseller status in 2012. DROWNING won the 2011 Forward National
Literature Award for Drama. She would love for you to read her books.
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Susan’s Favorite Quote: “If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to
live… I’d type a little faster.” — Isaac Asimov. SUSAN has written
eleven novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay
and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel DROWNING (contemporary women’s
fiction), won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award
and also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick
Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards. A vibrant public speaker,
Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing,
publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile
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and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country.
I would say the book is quirky. Written as if the teenager is sitting telling you the story in first person you follow her through her constantly changing thoughts, troubles and exaggerated imagination. If being a teenager wasn’t bad enough how would you like some of your more wild imagination thoughts to come true? Susie Speider turns into a spider after being bitten by one and a long thought process of turning into spider man herself.
I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story at first as it is not something I am use to reading nor did it really seem to connect with me. However, after pushing into the story more I really found myself lost in Susie’s adventures of dealing with growing up and having super spidery morphing powers.
A cute funny and fairly easy read for older children and above. I’m not sure morphing into a spider is really the bed time story you need to be telling your 3 year old.