All of you who recommended that I read A Little Princess before all the other books in my to-read pile? You need to go out and read Schlitz's book right. now. Because I really can't remember a better tribute, or response, to that particular classic children's story than this one.
I am normally not a fan of stories that involve spiritualism, but in this book it's both lightly and deftly handled, and among its numerous other merits, it's hard to beat a story that starts with a first line like, On the morning of the best day of her life, Maud Flynn was locked in the outhouse, singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
And now that I've realized Schlitz is also the author of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village which won the Newbery Award last year, I really must stop procrastinating and hunt down that title as well.
(I am also going to randomly bold bits of my posts, just for fun.)