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Title:
Portraits of little women. A gift for Meg
Author:
Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
93 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
Meg March is given a bolt of exquisite lace to be used on her wedding day. The more Meg attempts to safeguard the lace from jealous Jo, the more Jo covets it.
General Note:
Based on characters found in Louisa May Alcott's Little women.

Includes recipe and craft project.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 2.0 31204.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 5 Quiz: 23266.
ISBN:
9780385326704
Format :
Book

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Summary

Meg March treasures the bolt of Belgian lace that Aunt March brings her from a trip to Europe. The exquisite lace is to be used on her wedding day, far in the future. For now, Meg wants only to admire it and, above all, to safeguard it from jealous Jo. But the more Meg attempts to keep the lace out of Jo's hands, the more Jo covets it. What can come of a gift that turns two loving sisters into bitter enemies?


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)


Excerpts

Excerpts

"Now, girls," Marmee said as she straightened Jo's collar and Beth's pinafore. "Be sure to listen politely to all of Aunt March's stories. Travel is very educational, and I'm sure there's a lot we can learn from what Aunt March will tell us." Meg sighed. Aunt March was back from an extended trip to Europe, and whenever she returned from such a trip, she was full of stories for Father, Marmee, Meg, and her sisters. Meg knew that Jo, who usually avoided Aunt March, always enjoyed the stories, probably because Jo yearned to travel as well. The stories allowed her to imagine that she was seeing all those grand sights herself. Taking a quick look at Beth, Meg doubted that Beth found Aunt March anything other than terrifying. But Beth was too sweet to make a fuss. She listened to Aunt March and at least managed to seem entertained. Amy, Meg's youngest sister, loved to hear anything about society. Since Aunt March stayed at the best hotels and occasionally met dukes and earls, Meg knew Amy was quite thrilled to listen to Aunt March ramble on. As for Marmee, Meg was aware that her mother often found Aunt March tedious, but Marmee also loved new knowledge and appreciated learning all that Aunt March had to teach them about European cities and their famous sights. That left only Meg, since Father was away that afternoon at a meeting. And only Meg wanted to be someplace, anyplace, else, rather than have to endure another of Aunt March's reminiscences. Meg supposed someday she might travel, and no doubt would on her honeymoon trip. But if her husband, whoever he might turn out to be, had no money for fancy trips, that was fine with Meg too. She wanted nothing more than a little cottage filled with happy children. If she could be half as contented as Marmee, Meg knew she'd be a lucky woman indeed. Meg laughed at herself. How silly to be thinking about such a far-off life. She was only ten years old. "You can laugh?" Jo asked. "With Aunt March on her way?" "Jo," Marmee said. "Meg, what did you find so funny?" "It was nothing, Marmee," Meg said. She knew her sisters wouldn't laugh at her if she told them what she'd been thinking about, but still, it was a private thought and not one she cared to share. Jo had no such fantasies about husbands and babies. Her dreams were far grander. Beth craved only the quiet of her daily life, and Amy daydreamed of nothing less than a duke of her own. Excerpted from A Gift for Meg 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.