By the Book: Susan Brough, Monroe Elementary

Susan Brough is a media clerk at Monroe Elementary in West Valley City, UT.

What books are currently on your nightstand?


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Me, Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb

What was the last great book you read?

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The last book that made you cry?

Me Before You and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The last book that made you laugh?

A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, Austenland by Shannon Hale, and Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?

I enjoyed Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene, Charlotte’s Web E.B. White, and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What is the best book you were required to read as a student?

I am drawing a blank!

What book did you hate reading as a student?

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan, Way Down Deep by Ruth White, the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, and the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?

The Book of Mormon, the entire series of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and any book from the list I recommended for children.

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6 thoughts on “By the Book: Susan Brough, Monroe Elementary”

  1. I loved The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Upper grade students that are interested in biology/science will love this book. The books that are recommended will be on my summer reading list. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I am with you, Susan. I had to read Lord of the Flies and hated it! It made me sick to think that a group of boys could come to that level. I think there are better books to assign students.

  3. Laura Schmidt

    You mentioned two of my favorites– Moon over Manifest and Three Times Lucky. I recommend these books all the time, but have a hard time getting students to choose them.

  4. Christie Haslsam

    Hello my friend! I loved Moon Over Manifest and recommend it all of the time. I must admit I really like Lord of the Flies. I have to read Moonpenny Island now.

  5. I haven’t read Three Times Lucky yet, but every time I see the book on the shelf I say to myself, “I need to read that one!”

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