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Portraits of little women. A gift for Amy
Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
99 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Amy encourages the attentions of Robert, a well-to-do classmate, but when he surprises her with an expensive gift, she must face her true feelings.
General Note:
Based on characters found in Louisa May Alcott's Little women.

Includes recipe and craft project.
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 2.0 31203.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 5 Quiz: 23267.
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Pretty Amy March intends to marry a wealthy man when she's all grown up. But she worries that her family's lack of money will scare suitors away. Rich boys marry rich girls -- at least, that's what the snobby girls at school say. So Amy encourages the attentions of Robert Lloyd, a classmate whose family is well-to-do. When he surprises her with an expensive gift, Amy must face her true feelings -- and her heart's real dreams of the future.

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)



"Don't spend all your time staring into that hand mirror," Jo March said to her youngest sister, Amy. "Vanity's one of the seven deadly sins, you know." Amy sighed. Jo was so annoying, always teasing her, always telling her what she did wrong. Besides, she wasn't being vain. The exact opposite, really. Amy was staring into the mirror wishing she were beautiful. Jo rolled her eyes. "How the poor child suffers," she said. "Now, Jo, stop your teasing," Meg said, following Jo into Amy's bedroom. "We all know vanity is a sin, but sometimes a girl simply has to look in a mirror." "I never do," Jo said. "Neither does Beth, I'm sure." Amy snorted. "You're such a liar, Jo March," she said. "And lying is a deadly sin too. You look in the mirror every day, admiring that long mane of hair you have." She was pleased to see Jo blush. It was tiresome being the youngest in the family and always in the wrong. When she scored a point against any of her sisters, Jo in particular, Amy enjoyed it. Excerpted from A Gift for Amy by Susan Beth Pfeffer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.