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Grades 4 - 8Grades 7 - 12n/a7.9183833

Four sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after the father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing. Beth helps with housework, and Amy attends school. Their nearest neighbor is a wealthy man whose orphaned grandson lives with him. The sisters introduce themselves to the handsome shy boy, Laurie, who is the age of Jo. Meg is the beautiful sister; Jo is the tomboy; Beth is the musician; and Amy is the charming artist with blond curls. Jo is impulsive and quick to anger. One of her challenges in growing up is to control acting out of anger, a challenge that also faced her mother, Marmee. Marmee advises Jo on speaking with forethought. The boy Laurie enjoys his neighbors, joining the family often in play and home theatrics written by Jo. His grandfather, Mr. Laurence, is charmed by Beth, and gives her the piano used by Laurie’s dead sister.

Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published on May 1, 2012 by Signet
ISBN-10: 0451532082
ISBN-13: 9780451532084
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  • sunriseSunday, August 21, 2016 at 12:25 am
    amazing book
    • jumpforjoy
      jumpforjoyTuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm
      This is in my top 3 favorite books. Meg, Louisa, Beth and Amy learn to live with not much money. It is a hilarious and heartwarming story.
      • olliebob
        olliebobTuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:52 am
        Her name was Josephine, not Louisa. Louisa May Alcott is the author.
      • xxmoonshadowxx
        xxmoonshadowxxSaturday, April 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm44 stars
        800 pages, and very well written. I think this book is for higher grades and best for girls. There is also Little men.
        • egghead44
          egghead44Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm55 stars
          Loved this book! This is book is amazing. The way the author wrote it it feels like you are there! If you liked little house on the prairie you would like this!!
          • egghead44
            egghead44Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm55 stars
            I loved this book this book is filled with wonders and excitement ! My favorite person is Beth because she is so quiet and peacefull!
            • nike1234
              nike1234Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:33 pm55 stars
              This book was soo good! A true classsic. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves classic novels.
              • thecatsmeow
                thecatsmeowTuesday, November 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm55 stars
                It's a classic. I like classics
                • LolaMonday, October 5, 2015 at 6:49 am
                  Really good book
                  • sweeetcake
                    sweeetcakeSunday, October 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm
                    this book looks interesting
                    • sushi321
                      sushi321Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm55 stars
                      I just started this book and already love it!