In 1868, in response to a publisher's request for a "girls' books", a struggling professional writer named Louisa May Alcott drew upon the memory of her own family and growing up to produce Little Women. The result was sudden fame and fortune for the author, and a classic novel for American literature. Since then, generations of readers have fallen in love with tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy, the four sisters of the March family, and the story of their enchanted and enchanting years between girlhood and womanhood. Today we are still enraptured by their domestic dramas and adventures-and by the feminine strength and independence we can so clearly perceive in these pages. Recommended for grade 11. 2007, Bantam Classic. 543 pp.