Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic Little Women follows the story of the three March sisters: sensible Meg, dreamer Jo, patient Beth, and willful Amy. Coming of age in New England during the Civil War, they must follow their beloved Marmee’s example to become self-sufficient while their father is away treating wounded soldiers. Whether putting on plays, attending parties, caring for their neighbors, fighting, writing, or swooning over the boy next door, the bond between the four is unbreakable.
Unconventional Jo, who longs to be a writer, is the focal point of the tale, and she is a wild and funny model of feminism and strength. Her journey from awkward girl to headstrong successful woman is highly relatable, even as she navigates through heavier issues like love and loss. The squabbling yet highly loving dynamic between the March girls will certainly ring true for anyone who has ever had a sister, and it is pure pleasure to watch them grow up and choose vastly different paths for their lives. Theirs is a story for the ages and it is just as enjoyable to join them on their exploits today as it was when the book was first published all those years ago.
Ages 9 and up 652 pages. Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland USA
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