A Drowned Maiden's Hair
A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama
A Drowned Maiden's Hair
Laura Amy Schlitz
"People throw the word 'classic' about a lot, but A Drowned Maiden's Hair genuinely deserves to become one." — Wall Street JournalMaud 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 Maud is drawn deeper into the deception, playing her role as a "secret child," she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience – until a shocking betrayal makes clear just how heartless her so-called guardians are. Filled with tantalizing details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism and page-turning suspense, this lively historical novel features a winning heroine whom readers will not soon forget.

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  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The book A Drowned Maidens Hair is a really good book. The story takes place in the past during the 1900s in England. The main character is an eleven year old orphan girl named Maud who is short for her age, sings well, but always seems to get in trouble. The story starts when Maud is singing in an outhouse, a punishment for misbehaving, and is discovered by a woman who is looking to adopt an orphan. She is adopted by this old lady and her two sisters who are known as the Hawthorn sisters.

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