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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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  • ikyra_marie
    ikyra_marieSunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm
    I read this book and it took me like three weeks to read it.It wasn't that interesting, but it was all right.
    • nakameguro2
      nakameguro2Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm55 stars
      I recommend this book if ur an avid classic reader!
      • zionhb
        Mrs. BrownWednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:40 am44 stars
        I love this story of 4 sisters and their friends & family! At time the description & wordage gets a little long, but the plot is interesting! Give it a try!
        • rozeb
          rozebFriday, September 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm
          I've really been meaning to read this but I never have any time. I never have a lot of time to read books that have been sitting on my shelf forever.
          • chuckgirl
            chuckgirlFriday, September 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm
            in want to read it again. I was in 2 grade when I read it. lots of weird words.... I am going to read it again this year for gate program
            • thumsup
              thumsupFriday, August 23, 2013 at 9:14 am
              I read the abridged version of this book for younger readers, and I decided that it was- and is- one of my most favorite books about sisters, troubles, and the course of life.
              • ziza9
                ziza9Monday, March 25, 2013 at 4:50 am33 stars
                I when my sister cima11 told me about it i wanted to read it. like right away. you should read it to.
                • mayorepicface
                  mayorepicfaceThursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm44 stars
                  Cool book. My favorite charecter is beth 2nd jo 3rd meg and last amy. No offence to the people who like amy i just think she was acting kind of mean on christmas.
                  • zoeye
                    zoeyeFriday, October 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
                    little women is a book during the civil war and meg jo beth amy and thier mother go through tragic events one of them being that their father is sick and at war
                    • cvv
                      cvvFriday, August 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm
                      A REALLY good book, but I have read the book that is not in the classic starts series.

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