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tracyEmployee Name: Tracy Sakon
Employee Title: Adult Librarian
Book Name: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Year Published: 1868
Age group reading: Children’s

When did you first read this book?
I think in middle school, but I honestly can’t remember.

About how many times have you read it?
Three times

What did you like best about the book?
I think I fell in love with the idea of having a sister. I always wanted a sister growing up, and this book is about four sisters who, despite their differences, love each other unconditionally.

What did you think was unique about it?
I think the character of Jo is well ahead of her time. She is independent and strives to be a writer, even though writing was not viewed as a job a woman should do. She is more concerned with her dreams than with marriage, which is always refreshing to read!

Favorite character, and why? Could you relate with him/her or did you just think the character was downright awesome?
Jo, obviously. She is believed to be based on Louisa May Alcott herself. I actually visited the Concord, Mass., house Louisa May Alcott grew up in and saw the desk that she used while writing Little Women!

How do you think the plot was? Simple but well-executed, complex with many twists and turns, or something else? 
The plot is, for the most part, simple and well-executed. Except the part when (spoiler alert!) Beth dies. I think the first time I read it I was quite taken aback that one of the sisters died; it’s surprisingly depressing for a children’s book!