A Drowned Maiden’s Hair
by Laura Amy Schlitz
OK! I am not a book reviewer by trade, but I finally got the opportunity to read this book and I’m so excited to share it with you, so here’s my tiny little review-let.
Laura Amy Schlitz is a fairly new writer on the kids’ literature scene, but she’s made a pretty big splash over the last year or so with this novel, as well as a collection of monologues and factual tidbits called Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village (which we just got in stock yesterday and I am SO PSYCHED about), and the biography The Hero Schleimann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy.
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair is the story of an orphan, 11-year-old Maud, who is adopted by three sisters with a secret. It’s well-written, engaging and atmospheric, and I devoured it in one (long-ish) sitting. The orphan set-up definitely isn’t unique, but what I love is the wonderful, subtle character development — especially of the villain, Hyacinth Hawthorne. I’d recommend this one for 4th – 7th graders.
For a real review with actual, like, insight and stuff … check out Fuse #8.
Oh yeah — also see Fuse #8 for a review of the aforementioned Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!