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Anne of Green Gables


Anne of Green Gables


Anne of Green Gables tells the story of an eleven-year-old orphan, Anne Shirley, sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm.

As soon as Anne arrives at the cozy white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever. Indeed, she dreams of the day she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

But when the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she wonders if they will send her back to the orphanage. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents and  her feisty spirit soon draws many friends—and much trouble—her way.

Not a day goes by without some new incident in the tragicomedy of her life. For example, early on, Anne declares her eternal antipathy for Gilbert Blythe, a classmate who commits the ultimate sin of mocking her hair color. Later, she accidentally dyes that same hair green. Another time, in her rush to impress a new neighbor, she bakes a cake with liniment instead of vanilla.

Lucy Maud Montgomery's series of books about Anne have remained classics since they were first published in 1908. Her depiction of Anne has given generations of girls a convincing female role model, while offering a colorful view of a gentler time in our history.

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (1874 –1942) was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables, an immediate success. Anne Shirley, an orphan girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish some 20 novels as well as over 500 short stories, poems, and essays, many set on Prince Edward Island, Canada. She was awarded an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

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