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  • By Laura Schaefer

It Will Soon Be a Very Good Time to Be a Little Women Fan

Anne of Green Gables is certainly having a moment, with Anne with an E on Netflix, and the recent PBS reboot (though I think we can all agree the 1985 version starring Megan Fellows was the be-all and end-all for true Anne aficionados). Likewise, Jane Austen fans have no end of fresh versions of their beloved tales to enjoy. It seems like the Jane Austen "moment" is lasting decades, which is as it should be.

Wondering what's next? Well, let me tell you: the next big wave in classic lit appreciation is now upon us. And it is landing at the feet of four of the most memorable and worthy heroines in all of literature (in my humble opinion): Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. That's right: we're about to enter peak LITTLE WOMEN. And I am ready.

First up comes the news of -- you guessed it! -- a PBS Masterpiece reboot beginning production in July, with a likely release just in time for the beloved novel's upcoming 150 year anniversary. It will air as a three-hour miniseries and is being written by Heidi Thomas, who also adapted “Call the Midwife."

Next up, fans of the book will enjoy a new movie adaptation as well, starring Lea Thompson as Marmee. High School Musical alum Lucas Grabeel will play Laurie. Filming begins in June, with a planned 2018 release. Yay!

Finally, LITTLER WOMEN: a Modern Retelling, my updated version of the March sister's adventures, goes on sale September 5. Writing it was an absolute pleasure, and I am so pleased it will be available for young readers very soon. Even though I adapted the book for a middle grade audience, I think all Little Women fans will find something to enjoy.

You can pre-order the book now at Indie Bound or Amazon. I can't wait for Louisa May Alcott fans to read it! Who is your favorite character? What scene do you remember most?

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