Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros

Published by Quill Tree Books Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of) (9780062875976):  Gros, Kathleen, Gros, Kathleen: Books

Summary:  Jo uses her blog to chronicle her life during eighth grade, as well as the lives of her sisters Amy, Beth, and Meg.  Amy’s excited about fifth-grade art; Beth’s recovering from leukemia and pursuing her musical interests through piano and band; and Meg is tutoring two neighbor children and crushing on a boy named Jon.  Marmee keeps them all in line while their father is overseas.  New neighbor Laurie has a crush on Jo, but Jo is more interested in Freddie, the girl editor of the school newspaper they both work on.  Everyone gets a chance to let their talents shine at the middle school’s end-of-year showcase, and happy endings abound for all.  272 pages; grades 4-8.

Pros:  Seems like the world will always embrace one more version of Little Women, and this one is as warm and life-affirming as a hug from Marmee.  Fans of Raina Telgemeier, as well as last year’s Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy will love this graphic novel adaptation.

Cons:  I wonder how Bronson Alcott would feel about having his counterpart involved in a secret overseas military mission.

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