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: Louisa May Alcott was a 19th century American novelist. Her novels Little Women and Jo's Boys are her best-known works. Alcott became a strong feminist and abolitionist. In 1862-63 she worked as a nurse in the Union Hospital in Georgetown D C. Louisa May Alcott uses her life in New England as the basis for Little Women. For over a century readers have become a part of the Marsh family and the lives of the four little girls. Jo is feisty and wants to become a writer. Meg longs for the material things they cannot afford. Amy is caught up in her own life. And there is sweet loving Beth. Companion books are Jo's Boys and Little Men. This book is recommended for grades 5 to 8 and older readers.