Nomination: Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women

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Krull, Kathleen. Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women. Illustrated by Carlyn Beccia.
2013. 48p. Walker.  $16.99 (978-0-8027-9668-4). Grades 3-6. (kdm)

When she was thirty years old, Louisa May Alcott signed up to be a nurse during the Civil War.  Her experiences at the hospital shaped many of her world views and helped her hone her writing style.  Her letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, her first success as an author.  She used this approach to write Little Women, one of the first novels set during the Civil War.

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