"This accessible re-retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic brims with the energy and spirit of the original"
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 9
Slickly plotted, and laced with lovely evocative detail, Laura Wood’s re-telling of Little Women is written in a clear, engaging style, with lots of emotion readers will relate to. As a result, Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic about the four unforgettable March sisters can now be enjoyed by a wide, contemporary audience. Being part of Barrington Stoke’s Classic Retellings series, that’s especially true for 11+ year-olds who struggle with longer works, and dyslexic readers.
The sisters’ personalities and family dynamics are brilliantly evoked — their love, hopes, troubles, worries, arguments and ambition, with lots of whip-sharp dialogue and emotion driving the plot.
Lively, lucid, and true to the spirit of the original, this is a mighty fine retelling Jo March herself might be proud of.