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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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  • 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.
              • tebowswife
                tebowswifeTuesday, August 7, 2012 at 8:25 am
                A much harder book than the others yet a really good classic.
                • priyamvada
                  priyamvadaTuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:16 am
                  It is about a lady who takes care of her children with problems.
                  • melmoo
                    melmooMonday, March 19, 2012 at 4:08 am
                    this book is a good book even though i am not that far it is good! I love all the caracters.
                    • flowerkings
                      flowerkingsTuesday, February 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm55 stars
                      Awesome book! About the lives of four young sisters who learn to care and love for each other. They are always meeting new people and they're the best of friends! I loved it! Great book for girls ages 10-13

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