From the corner of her eye, Louisa caught a glimpse of movement in the shrubs by the front windows. She retreated to her door and reached for the stout walking stick she kept there.
“Who’s there?” she called, forcing a quaver down.
A cracking noise of a foot on a twig, then a deliberate silence.
“I said, who is there?” Holding the walking stick up in front of her face, she stepped forward and peered around the corner. Next to the parlor’s big bay window there was a dark figure, barely visible against the olive color of the house. Suddenly the figure blinked, revealing the frightened white of his eyes. She realized that his darkness was not the cover of night but the color of his skin.
“What’s your business here?” she asked, her voice stern.
“Excuse me, Miss.” The man’s voice was deep and hesitant. “Are you the Stationmaster?”
Louisa sighed. Exactly what the Alcott family needed right now. Another fugitive slave.
The Revelation of Louisa May
Louisa May Alcott can’t believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.
- A Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention
- A Junior Library Guild selection
- “Masterfully drawn. Reads like a contemporary young adult novel that will draw in a whole new audience.” –School Library Connection, starred review
- “Tantalizing. . . . An intriguing introduction to young Louisa May Alcott as a spunky heroine.” –Kirkus Reviews
- Ages: 12 and Up
- Grades: Grades 6 and Up
- Pages: 256
- List Price: $16.99
- Cover: Hardcover
- Published: April 2015