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The Revelation of Louisa May

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Louisa May Alcott can't believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Under ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Chronicle Books (first published March 10th 2015)
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Katie Hanna
Pretty deeply conflicted about what to rate this book.

I ENJOYED it. I really did. Until the very end, when I suddenly HATED it. What am I supposed to do with that? 2 stars for making me furiously angry? 3 stars for keeping me entertained throughout? 4 stars for high-quality prose? You tell me, pal. I got nothing.

Overall, I will say: I think I would've enjoyed this type of thriller/mystery more if it had been, say, an Agatha Christie novel. I expect twists and whiplash from Agatha Christie. I d
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I needed a light read this week. I picked this up while browsing my local library new ebooks to download. Since I love anything Louisa May Alcott I choose this historical fiction/mystery.

Louisa May is 15 yrs old when we meet her in the book. Her Marmee, is about to leave for the summer to work in New Hampshire because Bronson, Louisa father, doesn't believe in work-crazy thinking-but they are desperate need of money. The family are abolitionist's pre-civil war, they are very involved in the Und
Louisa May Alcott may only be 15, but she knows her father will never go out to work to support the family, though he is willing to accept other people's hard earned money. Even so, Louisa is shocked to discover that her mother is going away to work in New Hampshire and taking little May with her. With oldest sister Anna away teaching school, it's up to Louisa to take care of the household. This does not sit well with Louisa. She'd rather be reading and writing or dreaming up new story ideas out ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars.

Louisa May Alcott is 15 years old during the time this tale takes place. Her mother has gone to New Hampshire to work, as the perpetually impoverished Alcott family has no source of income (their father, Bronson Alcott, refuses to work for another person). As they are active on the Underground Railroad, it falls to Louisa to help escaped slave George when he arrives at the Alcott house and Bronson is in no condition to assist.

The book also deals with the Alcott family's friendships w
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
I've read and enjoyed all of Michaela MacColl's historical YA novels, including this one about a semi fictionalized version of Louisa May Alcott. I loved Little Women as a child, but other than that I didn't know much about her life. Reading her family's vegetarian and abolitionist sensibilities was great and made her feel more modern than I would've expected a historical figure to be. I also had no idea that her family was so closely tied with the Transcendentalist philosophies of Emerson and T ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Turn Arrrrroooooound
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Fan Fic
Bonus Factor: Transcendentalists, Little Women
Relationship Status: Best of Luck to You

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Sarah Wagner
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel set during the teenage years of Louisa May Alcott was interesting to me because it showed her relationships with other writers and thinkers of her era, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. While I had encountered all of these figures previously, I had not realized they all lived in Concord, Massachusetts, at the same time, and it was fascinating to see them interacting with each other. Overall, a good, short read with an engaging mystery.
Reader of Books
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this book on my kindle. It's a very nice read, and it made a great deal of nods towards other famous authors as well. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Four out of five stars. ...more
Cindy Kubley
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

This is a quick and easy read. It has a strong plot and gets moving right from the start! Overall a good book to read for entertainment.

Andrea at Reading Lark
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
*3.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/6/15:

I have loved Little Women since I was a girl. It is one of those novels that captured my imagination and heart without letting go. As an adult, I still reread it fondly. My knowledge of its author, Louisa May Alcott, was slim so when I saw this novel, I was intrigued about the chance to read about an author who had such an impact on me. The Revelation of Louisa May combines authentic historical fact with the
Ms. Yingling
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Louisa May Alcott's family is being torn apart for three months- her mother is taking a job to increase the family finances, since her charismatic but selfish and irresponsible father won't bother himself about money. Louisa is not happy that she will have to take care of her father and sister when she could be writing, but she knows how dire the situation is. She does not know the full extent of the family's involvement in the Underground Railroad, but whe
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I had read the author's other book "Almost Emily" and enjoyed how she played on real life to write the book, so I was intrigued to see what she would do with Louisa.

This was a quick read and kept me interested right from the beginning. Louisa is smart and stubborn and struggles to keep her mouth shut. I enjoyed seeing Emerson and Thoreau as characters, especially to find out how they supplemented Louisa's life.

There's a bit of action, a murder mystery, some light swoons, and a disappointing, b
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
⚪ARC kindly provided by Abrams and Chronicle Books, so thank you very much!⚪
First off, I couldn't put this book down, it was so brilliant and intriguing. The writing was beautiful, and Louisa was so smart and independent. I have expected to get a lot from this book, and I got even more than I expected. I think this book would make such a good movie.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Interesting children's story based on Louisa May Alcott's childhood involving the Underground Railroad, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. ...more
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Stephanie Rathgeber
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I'm not going to lie, this book sat in my "to be read" stack for far too long. From the moment it came across my desk I knew that I needed to know more. The cover is whimsical and intriguing. Plus plastering the name "Louisa May" on to the front, made this avid reader's heart skip a beat. Was this really about Louisa May Alcott? Even the brief excerpt on the back of the book left you wrapped up in a mystery of runaway slaves, and famous writers of years gone by. 

I found this story to be both a q
The Revelation of Louisa May is a quick read, and I loved reading about Louisa, her family, and her family's relationship with the other characters in the book especially Henry and Emerson. I also loved how the Alcott's participated in a cause that was meaningful to them. I felt that the story was cute, and I enjoyed it. While I did enjoy the story, I did feel that the ending was rushed and abrupt. ...more
Sofia Lemay
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I'd really enjoyed Micheala MacColl's other novel, Nobody's Secret. While this one wasn't quite as good, it was still a delightful read.
MacColl makes historical fiction less about historical events and more about historical figures, and she portrays them like real people, making for very interesting reading material.
This is a mystery novel, too, and there was a nice plot twist, but not one that was entirely unexpected, which sort of dampened the effect.
Overall, this wa
Elaine Platt
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this story! I cannot think of any reason to give it less than 5 stars; that is how much I love it. It's a fictionalized account of pieces of Louisa's life just as Little Women was created about her own family. It's wonderfully mysterious, romantic and juicy. And I absolutely love this type of smart dialogue-I just can't get enough of it. Thank you Ms. MacColl, I've also read your other two novels on the juvenile shelf: Freedom's Price and Rory's Promise-they are outstanding a ...more
Jul 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked the story overall, and it was a quick and easy read. That said, the ending felt a bit rushed and unsatisfying. I found myself still in the throes of the mystery about fifteen pages to the end wondering how on earth it could be concluded in that amount of time. I would have liked things to be tied up a bit more, especially since the only real answers we get come from a 2-page epilogue in the form of a letter Louisa writes to her mother. I did find the story enjoyable but the ending left m ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Interesting story of Louisa May Alcott's teen years. What I love best about reading YA historical fiction is that most authors tell what is true and what is made up. Wish adult authors would do the same. By the way, this is one that was buried in my tbr pile as it is an arc from 2015 from either ALA or TLA. ...more
Patricia Howe
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read and not a murder mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat but an almost predictable end but still it kept ones interest. All the while I was reading , I was thinking how similar my granddaughter is to Louisa and how the story of this young author might encourage other young authors. Food for thought.
Laurie Smith
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book a fiction book based on the life of Louisa May Alcott. The story deals with the Underground Railroad, romance and a murder mystery. The story includes the characters Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who actually lived in the same town as Louisa.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Another easy-to-read, enjoyable middle school mystery with a female protagonist based on the life of real author Louisa May Alcott. MacColl just does such a good job of interweaving real historical events and the the original writing of the authors into the plots of her tidy little mysteries.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I learned things about the Alcott family that I didn't know and that was interesting, but there were times when the action or dialogue bothered me. It was nice to find out at the back of the book what was true and what was made up. ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a fictional novel based on Louisa May Alcott, her life and her novel Little Women. Action is centered around hiding a slave and avoiding the odious bounty hunter and the family dynamics of a father who refuses to work and the mother leaving temporarily for a job.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Women is my all time favourite book. I enjoyed this fictionalized account of the life of it's author and the similarity between the two. ...more
Char Kochensparger
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll be reading more by this author based on this novel--interesting and well-written with little tidbits about Alcott's family I'll bet you didn't know. ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it was a really good book it kept me hook the whole time. I liked the book because there was a lot of action.
Judith Pratt
Fun for Alcott lovers

Louisa May takes on running the house, helping a slave escape, a charming suitor, and a murder mystery. Emerson and Thoreau make appearances. Light fun.
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