In A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz, eleven-year-old Maud was thrilled when the Hawthorne sisters chose her to adopt over all the other little girls in the orphanage. She was given new clothes, her own books and her own room – so what did it matter that she was supposed to be a “secret child,” never to be seen by anyone outside the family, never to go out of the house? When eventually Maud learns what her role in the “family business” is, she eagerly joins in. Until she understands how she’s part of a scam, and actually hurting people she cares about. How much does Maud owe the Hawthorne sisters? And what will it cost Maud to do what she knows is right?
Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Library Assistant