A Drowned Maiden's Hair

A Drowned Maiden s Hair 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 charmin

  • Title: A Drowned Maiden's Hair
  • Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
  • ISBN: 9780763638122
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until it becomes clear that she s needed to help stage elaborate s ances for bereaved patron 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 chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until it becomes clear that she s needed to help stage elaborate s ances for bereaved 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 shows just how heartless her so called guardians are Filled with fascinating details of turn of the century spiritualism and page turning suspense, this lively novel features a feisty heroine whom readers will not soon forget.

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    1. I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it in one sitting. Our heroine is an orphan named Maud. We meet her singing a battle anthem in the outhouse. She'd been unruly all day and infuriating her teachers. We are introduced right away to the fact that Maud is honest with herself. She admits when she's been bad or frustrating to the teachers. This characteristic sticks with the main character throughout the book. She's no saint but she's honest to herself and to the reader. When she is dishonest though [...]

    2. At the Barbary Asylum, every child was strictly classified: a girl was pretty or plain, clever or stupid, good or bad. Maud knew quite well that she was plain, clever and bad.Maud Flynn, growing up in the Barbary Asylum, knows exactly how much she's worth: not much. She's willful and plain, and gets into too much trouble to be ever considered for adoption. So when Hyacinth and Judith Hawthorne waltz into Barbary Asylum looking for a child and insist on leaving with Maud, it's hard to tell who is [...]

    3. How far would you go, to be loved?In spite of the name and cover art, this isn’t historical fantasy; it’s really a straight historical fiction with a little mystery thrown in. In fact, it reminded me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events.Maud is an orphan, “plain, clever and bad” at the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, when suddenly to everyone’s surprise 3 elderly sisters adopt her. Maud is determined to leave behind her bad ways and behave like a lady for the three sisters, one o [...]

    4. The full title of this book is actually "A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama." The subtitle led me to expect that this wouldn't be a very serious read -- that, indeed, it was a book that didn't even take itself seriously.Despite billing itself rather lightly, this book manages to tackle some big questions about integrity, spirituality, and the need to belong. Laura Amy Schlitz uses a common convention in children's literature: her protagonist, Maud, is an orphan. Although she's unpopular with t [...]

    5. A historical children's book set in the 19th-century with just a bit of stuff not mundane.It opens on Maud being punished by being locked in the lavatory of the orphanage. She is singing defiantly, and the voice of a strange woman asks after her. She is let out by a Miss Hyacinth Hawthorne, and brought to the office where Miss Judith Hawthorne is waiting: the women she knew were coming to the orphanage to adopt a girl a few years younger than her -- but Hyacinth thinks she's perfect and sweeps o [...]

    6. An Edwardian orphan of Irish ancestry, plus two old ladies who pretend to be mediums and a third who actually did dream about the dead, plus a deaf servant and a very sad lady whose daughter drowned. It's quite well-written, and I think one of the false mediums is a sociopath. Content: PG

    7. It feels weird to read a book about a surly, neglected orphan adopted by fraudulent mediums who only want her because she's small enough to dress up as the ghost of a dead child and call that book "cozy." But "cozy" is honestly how I felt reading this book. Yes, some very sad things happen, but this story hits all the expected beats of a historical middle-grade novel about a surly, neglected orphan, and it hits them in a way that is perhaps a little predictable, but also very satisfying. I enjoy [...]

    8. Little orphan Maud Flynn knows that she is most certainly NOT a good girl and she has been told so by many people. Plus her impertinence and her naughtiness have landed her in constant trouble at the orphanage where she lives. This is why, more than anybody else, Maud is surprised when a charming, rich old lady called Miss Hyacinth and her sisters decide to adopt her out of all the children in the orphanage. Given this opportunity to leave that horrid place and to have a better life, Maud vows t [...]

    9. Not at all what I'd been expecting, and frankly dreading, but rather a charming tale. The main evil character is a bit of a cardboard mock-up, but doesn't spoil the story by being so. Touches on some pretty powerful topics with an evenhandedness that assures one of the fundamental rightness of things.

    10. I liked this book, and I thought it was a nice little contribution to the age group for which it's intended. It's wholesome (unless you're the type who worries about seances and mediums influencing young minds, but the book makes it pretty clear that it's all a sham). It passed the test of making me want to read to the end. A few things bothered me, though. The biggest was that I was unsatisfied by the ending. I wanted Schlitz to be daring and find a way that Maud could live with Muffet, rather [...]

    11. Maud (11)adores Hyacinth Hawthorn--who, along with her sisters, adopts her--so much that she doesn't question when asked to hid in the attic nor does she object to playing a role"family business." Participation may have it's costs. Brisk, fun, and absorbing. A Gothic novel deserving of the subtitle. Folks, we've got ourselves a Melodrama and a delightful one at that: A plucky kid-lit orphan, haughty "aunts," a need for Maud to be hidden in the attic, feigned seances, a rich client, and so forth. [...]

    12. A Drowned Maiden's Hair is a wonderfully fun, fast-paced, pulpy Victorian Sensation novel. Its main character, Maud, is a great portrait of an eleven year old: in some ways old before her time, but still believably a child. She's neither overly sentimentalised, nor unrepentantly bratty. Laura Amy Schlitz also has a great eye for character, and a gift for a great first line: On the morning of the best day of her life, Maud Flynn was locked in the outhouse, singing 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic [...]

    13. A really beautiful book that evokes a world in all detail and emotion. There's something so charming, kind and warm, despite being a novel of con artists, frauds and a very sad death at the heart of the narrative. The characters are well and swiftly drawn, and through these characters we see that people aren't what they seem, and love, though hard to come by, is possible to find. The voice of the narrative is by turns humorous, insightful and rich in heartbreak. So good. I have read it because m [...]

    14. I enjoyed this book very much. It had many exciting parts and at times I could not stop reading. The book was detailed and I understood every part of it. This book has a wonderful, exciting and heartwarming story. Having some sad and many joyous parts made it a wonderful book. The author used many descriptive words which made me feel like I was in the book and also the author put in many characters with interesting personalities. I loved this book.

    15. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Maud's character, the situations, the mystery and the need to be loved. I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to this story and there was an old manor, a secret, an orphanage and saccharine woman who is the most selfish piece of work I have ever experienced. So good.

    16. "Maud was not pretty; her manners were pert and displeasing; even her posture suggested what Miss Clarke called "sauce." Loved Maud, loved the plot, loved the setting. How can you beat a orphan and turn-of-the-century seances to pull you into a story? Schlitz is a fabulous story teller and this was the perfect read to kick off my summer!

    17. This is a charming melodrama with an orphan, an old manor, spiritualists, maiden aunties ranging from sweetly ineffectual to cloyingly evil, a secret, and a hefty dose of Victorian bathing costumes and brisk sea air. This YA-middle school book manages to tackle some big questions about integrity, spirituality, and the need to belong. Audio version well done.

    18. Ever try to explain to a ten-year-old what "melodrama" is? I think I succeeded. If she likes it, I'll probably read it too.***She wouldn't read it without a firm thumbs up from me, so I had to read it first. I quite liked it, but she still hasn't read it.Library copy

    19. I really loved this book. Our main character, is an orphan age 11. She is adopted by three sisters who make their living doing fake seances. I love the author's writing and this story just flowed. A fast read and touching.

    20. Orphan stories have been done a lot, right? Especially orphan stories about girls. We've all read some of them and many of them are considered classics. So what could Laura Amy Schlitz hope to add to the scores of books about orphan girls by writing one herself?Well, I think I can pretty much guarantee that you've never read an orphan story quite like A Drowned Maiden's Hair.Maud Flynn knows she is not the most well behaved, prettiest or smartest girl at the Barbary Asylum so even she is surpris [...]

    21. Adopted from an orphanage by the three elderly Hawthorne sisters, Maud believes that all of her dreams have come true. But when the sisters that Maud must remain hidden in the house and reveal that they have a use for her, Maud discovers that she has not quite found the perfect family that she was looking for. A Drowned Maiden's Hair is swift but not simple: the easy prose and mysterious plot draw the reader in, but it's thorny questions of honesty and searches for love that keep him thinking an [...]

    22. Maud Flynn, an orphan, is small for her age, plain, not very well-behaved, and smart. Much to her surprise, these qualities make her attractive to Hyacinth Hawthorne, one of two strange and elderly visitors to the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans. Hyacinth and her sister, Judith, have come to the orphanage to find an eight-year-old girl child, but on Hyacinth's whim, they take 11-year-old Maud instead.Before she quite knows what has hit her, Maud is spirited away to live with the Hawthornes, wh [...]

    23. So this is one of those recommendation engine fails - Kindle showed it to me as something I would like. I happened to be looking for something easy to read in the car on a trip to Mendocino, read a couple lines of the description (not a typical topic, sounds like there will be a fun plot and potentially crazy charactersI'm in!) Part way through I get the distinct feeling that it is a children's (or young-adult) book haha, a couple clicks to realize that yes indeed it is. That said, I'm not compl [...]

    24. At first when I took this book to read for a school challenge, I can frankly say that I was very reluctant to even touch this book, it just seemed quite uninteresting However, I strongly advise you to read this book for it is simply fabulous! I won't be a spoiler by saying what this book is about but if you want to spend the evening enchantingly then this book will help you. At first it might be a pain to someone like me, especially if you're forced to read it but somehow after only a few chapte [...]

    25. Wow! I really loved this book! Maud is an orphan who's pretty convinced that she's never going to be adopted since she is clever, not pretty, and not a good, obedient girl. When Hyacinth, hears Maud singing from her solitary confinement in the outhouse, she chooses to adopt Maud and bring her to Hyacinth's home that she shares with her two sisters.The story then spirals into what appears to be a happily ever after tale. Maud is given nice clothes and offered as many books as she desires. She ido [...]

    26. All Maud wants is to be adopted and to have a real family again. When the elderly Hawthorne sisters take her home, Maud is overjoyed. She has nice clothes, good food, and indoor plumbing. What Maud doesn’t have is any friends—she’s not allowed to go to school or see visitors. Maud is a secret, and when she finds out why, she has some very tough decisions to make about what’s important.This was a very moving story about the compelling need for love and a home, versus doing what is right. [...]

    27. This is my "workout" book. I listen to it when I walk. Clearly I haven't been walking enough. The story of orphan Maud, who is adopted by three sisters with less than noble intentions. I really liked the character development in the story. Frequently, in a situation where three characters (the Hawthorn sisters) are of similar background, goals, and profession it is easy for them to blur together and be difficult to distinguish the difference of the characters. I did not find this to be the case [...]

    28. Page 1: Meet Maud Flynn singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while being locked in the outhouse for her misbehaviors. When Maud Flynn is selected from the orphanage by the charming Miss Hyacinth and her three phony spiritualist sisters, the fun is just beginning. 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 [...]

    29. An excellent, well-crafted story. Picking up the book as an adult reader, I found it an enjoyable and quick story. Maud, the 11-year old protagonist, had a realistically childish perspective, but wasn't so precious or precocious that it grated on me. I believed her choices, her decisions and her moral dilemmas. I also found the grown-up women surrounding Maud to be interesting characters, fully realized and three-dimensional. Even the "villain" of the piece could arouse a bit of sympathy in me. [...]

    30. All I knew about this book when I bought it was that it was the Kindle Deal of the Day, and whatever tidy summary saw fit to provide. What a delightful surprise! This book, frankly, is fantastic. The characters are so well-drawn, and while the ending is somewhat predictable, what gets you to that point most definitely is not. But what impressed me the most was how tightly the story was woven There was not one word that seemed superfluous. The last book I read was the very opposite of that, so [...]

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