Louisa May Alcott was a 19th century American novelist. Her novels Little Women and Jo's Boys are her best-known works. Alcott became a strong feminist and abolitionist. In 1862-63 she worked as a nurse in the Union Hospital in Georgetown D C. I n An Old-Fashioned Girl Polly, a sensibly brought-up country girl, encounters fashionable life on her first visit to Boston. Later she returns to live there and teach music. For grades 5-8.