A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)
(4) Base Camp
A Little Princess is told in a perfectly understandable and easy-to-read way, but as with anything that has to do with royalty, it can get a little fancy at times. Little Sara Crewe uses some complicated words and turn-of-phrase at times, and the whole thing is taking place in the early 1900s, which is a completely alien time period for all of us who weren't alive to see it. For the most part, though, the story is clear and a great challenge for readers who are ready to tackle chapter books—and dip their toes into the classics.