A Drowned Maidens Hair
A feisty orphan is taken in by a band of phony spiritualists in this intriguing, engaging novel.
Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence, so when the charming Miss Hyacinth and her sister choose Maud to take home with them, the girl is as baffled as anyone. It seems the sisters need Maud to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved, wealthy patrons. As M...more
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And guess what?
This entire book?
IT’S ABOUT FAKE PSYCHIC MEDIUMS!!
Um. Spoiler? Spoiler.
Anyway, so in A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A MELODRAMA, we ...more
She's no saint but she's honest to herself and to the reader. When she is dishonest though ...more
Maud Flynn, growing up in the Barbary Asylum, knows exactly how much she's worth: not much. She's willful and plain, and gets into too much trouble to be ever considered for adoption. So when Hyacinth and Judith Hawthorne waltz into Barbary Asylum looking for a child and insist on leaving with Maud, it's hard to tell who is ...more
In spite of the name and cover art, this isn’t historical fantasy; it’s really a straight historical fiction with a little mystery thrown in. In fact, it reminded me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Maud is an orphan, “plain, clever and bad” at the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, when suddenly to everyone’s surprise 3 elderly sisters adopt her. Maud is determined to leave behind her bad ways and behave like a lady for the three sisters, one of whom she ...more
It opens on Maud being punished by being locked in the lavatory of the orphanage. She is singing defiantly, and the voice of a strange woman asks after her. She is let out by a Miss Hyacinth Hawthorne, and brought to the office where Miss Judith Hawthorne is waiting: the women she knew were coming to the orphanage to adopt a girl a few years younger than her -- but Hyacinth thinks she's perfect and sweeps o ...more
Despite billing itself rather lightly, this book manages to tackle some big questions about integrity, spirituality, and the need to belong. Laura Amy Schlitz uses a common convention in children's literature: her protagonist, Maud, is an orphan. Although she's unpopular with t ...more
Brisk, fun, and absorbing. A Gothic novel deserving of the subtitle.
Folks, we've got ourselves a Melodrama and a delightful one at that: A plucky kid-lit orphan, haughty "aunts," a need for Maud to be hidden in the attic, feigned seances, a rich client, and so forth. ...more
Loved Maud, loved the plot, loved the setting. How can you beat a orphan and turn-of-the-century seances to pull you into a story? Schlitz is a fabulous story teller and this was the perfect read to kick off my summer!
She wouldn't read it without a firm thumbs up from me, so I had to read it first. I quite liked it, but she still hasn't read it.
The story then spirals into what appears to be a happily ever after tale. Maud is given nice clothes and offered as many books as she desires. She ido ...more
Well, I think I can pretty much guarantee that you've never read an orphan story quite like A Drowned Maiden's Hair.
Maud Flynn knows she is not the most well behaved, prettiest or smartest girl at the Barbary Asylum so even she is surpris ...more
Part way through I get the distinct feeling that it is a children's (or young-adult) book haha, a couple clicks to realize that yes indeed it is.
That said, I'm not co ...more
This was a very moving story about the compelling need for love and a home, versus doing what is right. At the s ...more
Before she quite knows what has hit her, Maud is spirited away to live with the Hawthornes, wh ...more
The novel begins in a children’s asylum where Maude, a difficult ten year old, has no hope of ever being adopted. What happens next is almost fairytale like in nature. She is adopted by an older rich woman named Hyacinth an ...more
Ms. Schlitz lives in the Loch Hill section of Baltimore County. She is single with no children.
She has also been a playwright, ...more