Suzuki Beane By Sandra Scoppettone Bibliography

Suzuki Beane

Suzuki Beane
Sandra Scoppettone ~ Louise Fitzhugh ~ Doubleday, 1961

Again, a reader recommended Suzuki a while back and when Esme mentioned her the other day, I figured I'd better follow suit. The hip downtown alternative to Eloise, Suzuki was actual more of a satire of its namesake's Plaza Hotel doppelganger and 50s Village cool than a flat out picture book for children. Still, the girl's rolled up pants, scruffy hair, crazy turn of phrase and penchant for Jack Kerouac easily won over my boy... not to mention made me chuckle aloud a time or two. Those crazy beatniks.

my name is suzuki beane
i have a pad on bleeker street
with hugh and marcia

this is hugh----
he writes cool poetry
and reads it
in the red dog----
that's a coffee shop

he's my father

this is marcia----
she's a swingin' chick---
she's my mother----

she makes sculptures out
of tin cans----
parts of cars
and other
i find on bleeker street

this is our pad----

we all have a ball here
we don't have much bread but
bread is not really important
when you have good relationships

The book follows Suzuki's travels through New York with her square friend Henry and takes them from that annoying little "convention" called school to subway to cab to the city's dismal docks, all in the name of adventure. Even though it is a parody, there is a great message at the end about the importance of being yourself and not falling into the cult of cool or the school of square. If you do happen to run into a copy on your thrift store travels, make sure you snatch it up as the sale price online usually runs anywhere from $100 to $200 dollars. Luckily, no one has stolen it from our library yet, so we get to check it out at will.

If you find yourself getting lost in Suzuki's language, fear not, there is a glossary. Good thing, too. I always wondered what a "shuck" was.

Sandra Scoppettone
Average rating 3.76 · 3,137 ratings · 338 reviews · shelved 7,609 times

Showing 30 distinct works.

Everything You Have Is Mine (Lauren Laurano, #1)
bySandra Scoppettone
3.79 avg rating — 452 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
I'll Be Leaving You Always (Lauren Laurano, #2)
bySandra Scoppettone
3.79 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 1993 — 8 editions
This Dame for Hire
bySandra Scoppettone
3.42 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 2005 — 12 editions
Happy Endings Are All Alike
bySandra Scoppettone
3.53 avg rating — 245 ratings — published 1978 — 11 editions
Let's Face the Music and Die (Lauren Laurano, #4)
bySandra Scoppettone
3.91 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
My Sweet Untraceable You (Lauren Laurano, #3)
bySandra Scoppettone
3.68 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 1994 — 8 editions
The Late Great Me
bySandra Scoppettone
4.01 avg rating — 190 ratings — published 1976 — 10 editions
Sisters in Crime (Sisters in Crime, #1)
byMarilyn Wallace(Editor), Lia Matera(Contributor), Barbara Michaels(Contributor), Marcia Muller(Contributor)
3.90 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
The Wonderful Adventures of Suzuki Beane
bySandra Scoppettone, Louise Fitzhugh(Illustrator)
4.39 avg rating — 147 ratings — published 1961 — 4 editions
Gonna Take a Homicidal Journey (Lauren Laurano, #5)
bySandra Scoppettone
3.74 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir
byMegan Abbott(Goodreads Author)(Editor), Val McDermid(Introduction), Lisa Respers France(Contributor), Ken Bruen(Contributor)
3.97 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
Too Darn Hot
bySandra Scoppettone
3.57 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
Trying Hard to Hear You
bySandra Scoppettone
4.03 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1974 — 6 editions
Playing Murder
bySandra Scoppettone
3.55 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
Donato and Daughter
bySandra Scoppettone
3.56 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1988 — 9 editions
bySandra Scoppettone
3.60 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1985 — 7 editions
Capelli viola
bySandra Scoppettone, Chiara Belliti(Translator)
3.38 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1982 — 7 editions
A Creative Kind of Killer
bySandra Scoppettone
3.54 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions

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