A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

Cover: A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

When ten-year-old Cora and her family leave their home in Missouri, their hearts are filled with the hopes and dreams of a bright future gleaming with promise and opportunity. But the journey west by wagon train is harsh, and tragedy strikes swiftly and unexpectedly. Now Cora and her father must steel themselves for a different future from what they had carefully planned. How can they move forward when their hearts are broken? But move on they must, and Cora takes comfort in her new baby sister (named Susan after the black-eyed flowers). When Cora learns she and Susan are to be separated at the end of their journey, she looks to the past to help craft a link to their new lives. Judy Young is an award-winning author of children's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her other books in the Tales of Young Americans series are Minnow and Rose (2010 Storytelling World Resource Award) and The Lucky Star (2009 Storytelling World Honor Award). Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Doris Ettlinger graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has numerous picture books to her credit, including the award-winning The Orange Shoes. Doris lives and teaches in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in western New Jersey.



  • Dewey: F
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585364633): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 02/08/2011
  • PDF (9781410307538): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 02/08/2011
  • Hosted ebook (9781627534413): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Series: Tales of Young Americans


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 3.5
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 142452
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominees, Short-listed, 2013
  • Storytelling World Award Honors--Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, Winner, 2012
  • WILLA Literary Awards for Children's and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, Short-listed, 2012
  • National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)--Gold, Winner, 2011
  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award--Language Arts Picture Books Category, Winner


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Author: Judy Young

Judy Young remembers writing a poem for her grandmother when she was about ten. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing, and Judy did! Judy is the author of over two dozen children’s picture books and novels, including The Wild World of Buck Bray series. Judy’s books are used extensively in the public schools and have received numerous awards and honors. One of the most cherished is hearing LeVar Burton read A Pet for Miss Wright for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video to celebrate National Reading Month. Another, was watching as R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet was performed by the University of Utah’s Creative Dance Program.

Judy received her MA in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa and formerly worked in the public schools for 20 years. Her first book was published in 2001, and in 2004, Judy left the schools to fulfill her dream of writing full-time. A frequent speaker at schools, children’s lit fests and professional educational conferences, Judy’s firsthand experience in the schools makes her programs not only entertaining, but directly related to school curriculum.

Judy resides in the Bear River Range near Mink Creek, Idaho, with her husband, Ross, a professional artist, who illustrated two of Judy’s books. They have two grown children and several dogs. In her spare time, Judy enjoys hiking, fishing and gallivanting around the country in “Arlo,” the Young’s traveling studio.

Illustrator: Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger has illustrated numerous children’s books including Sugar Snow and A Little House Birthday, both adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. Doris lives and works in a 150-year-old gristmill in western New Jersey with her family and a Welsh Corgi.