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Portraits of little women: A gift for Jo
Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
102 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Jo March is given a journal in which to record her most private thoughts, but when her sisters read what she has written, it threatens to tear them apart.
General Note:
Based on characters found in Louisa May Alcott's Little women.
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 2.0 29327.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 5 Quiz: 23264.
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Budding writer Jo March can't put down the beautifully bound journal that her kind neighbor gives her. She pours out her heart in its pages, certain that no one will read her secret thoughts and feelings. But the journal falls into the wrong hands. Jo's sisters are angered by what they read, and Jo is angered by their invasion of her privacy. Suddenly the best gift of all threatens to split the March sisters apart.

Author Notes

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948, and grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs. At the age of six, when her father wrote and published a book, Pfeffer decided she, too, wanted to be a writer; that year, she wrote her first story. She didn't write her first published book, until much later. Just Morgan, a young adult novel, was written during her final semester at New York University, and published the following year.

Since then, Pfeffer has been a full-time writer for young people. She has won numerous awards and citations for her work, which ranges from picture books to middle-grade and young-adult novels and includes both contemporary and historical fiction. Her young adult novel About David was awarded the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award. Her young adult novel The Year Without Michael, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, was named by the American Library Association as one of the hundred best books for teenagers written between 1968-1993.

Pfeffer has also written a book for adults on writing for children. She has written over 60 books for children and young adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)