Book review: The Revelation of Louisa May, by Michaela MacColl

MacColl, Michaela. The Revelation of Louisa May. Chronicle. 2015. $16.99. 248p. 978-1-4521-3357-7. Ages 11-14. P8Q7

MacColl Revelation of Louisa MayLouisa May Alcott is the protagonist in the latest in MacColl’s mysteries about famous women authors as teenagers. Previous titles featured Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte. Left to care for her father and sisters because her mother takes a job to support the family, Louisa May finds herself in charge of hiding a runaway slave on the Underground Railroad and investigating the murder of his slave catcher. As usual, there’s a bit of romance and lots of confusion with information about the character’s life and the issues that she faces, in this case her father’s belief in transcendentalism and the conflicts among their friends. The author’s note separates out the fact and fiction in the novel with Alcott’s biographical information. This one tends to be a bit slower and more predictable than the others, but lovers of historical fiction and mysteries will enjoy the book.

September 2015 review by Nel Ward.

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