“People throw the word ‘classic’ about rather a lot, but A Drowned Maiden’s Hair genuinely deserves to become one.” — The Wall Street Journal

Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence, so when the charming Miss Hawthorne chooses her to take home, Maud is pleased but baffled. Miss Hawthorne’s motives soon become painfully clear: Maud is needed to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved patrons. As she’s drawn deeper into her role as a "secret child," Maud is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience — until a shocking betrayal shows just how heartless her so-called guardians are.


Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Splendors and Glooms, and several other books for young readers. A teacher as well as a writer, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland.


Cybils Award, Middle-Grade Fiction
Judy Lopez Memorial Awards for Children’s Literature Honor Book
Hillingdon Book Award
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