Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag review by rephil...
Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag: An Oh Susannah Story
by Mateya Arkova, Carole P Roman
Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Juvenile Fiction
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 11
Reviewer's Location - Orange City, Iowa, United States
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Third-grader Susannah Maya Logan is having a very bad day. It starts with unfinished homework, a banana, and an invitation. She doesn't want to deal with them, so she stuffs them in her backpack. What harm can it do? But later that day she shoves bad grades and books there too. How much more can she and her backpack take? And how will she deal with the mess?


Oh Susannah is a very realistic story about how important it is to stay organized. It was a blessing to read this book because I also have trouble staying organized; knowing that others have the same problem really helped me. The way Susannah deals with the mess she made helped me want to clean out my own backpack. Although Susannah is younger than me, I think that a lot of the struggles she encounters apply to anyone.


The shorter chapters in Oh Susannah make it a good book for beginning/younger readers. If you want to be challenged to stay organized, Carole P. Roman will do exactly that.



We have partnered with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman to bring our readers a review of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag (and information about a special giveaway).


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.



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SYNOPSIS: Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag

Written by Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by Mateya Arkova

Publisher’s Synopsis: From award-winning author Carole P. Roman comes a new chapter book featuring Susannah Logan, a young student having a very bad day. It all begins with homework trouble and an invitation to a sleepover that she doesn’t want to go to. Would you want to go to a sleepover in a creepy house? Rather than dealing with her problems, Susannah stuffs them into her backpack. But how much can a backpack take? Will she be able to confront her worries before the backpack bursts? Or will she just continue to hide them away? Join Susannah and her friends in this story sure to charm busy young readers everywhere.

Ages 7-10 | Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | April 3, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1543034615

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Enter to win an autographed copy of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, by award-winning author Carole P. Roman; plus a “Cool Bananas” tumbler and “Havana” lunch cooler tote to stuff into your own backpack.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A SunnyLife Havana Lunch Cooler Tote
  • A SunnyLife Cool Bananas Tumbler

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A copy of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, autographed by Carole P. Roman

Age Range: 7-10

Giveaway begins April 25, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 25, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only.

Prizes and samples provided by Carole P. Roman and The Children’s Book Review.



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