Published by Quill Tree 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.