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Anne of Green Gables (1908)

by L.M. Montgomery

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Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
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    The Annotated Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (FranklyMyDarling)
    FranklyMyDarling: Lots of fascinating notes, photographs and insight for the real Anne fan.
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    Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin (infiniteletters)
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    Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery (lloannna)
    lloannna: There are sequels! Lots and LOTS of sequels. This is one of them.
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    Anne of Green Gables [1985 film] by Kevin Sullivan (TheLittlePhrase)
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    Anne of Avonlea [1987 film] by Kevin Sullivan (TheLittlePhrase)
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    The Keeping Days by Norma Johnston (atimco)
    atimco: Similar setting and local color. Johnston is grittier than Montgomery, but their heroines have a lot of similarities.
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    Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (Cecrow)
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    The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett (cransell)
    cransell: The Country of Pointed Firs really reminded me of Anne of Green Gables - although not at all focused of a child or growing up. But if you enjoy one, you'll likely enjoy the other.
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    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (casvelyn)
    casvelyn: The protagonists have a similar voice and outlook on life.
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    A Faraway Island by Annika Thor (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: There are similarities between characters (young girl taken in by a stern older woman) and an island setting.
  20. 02
    Heidi (Great Illustrated Classics) by Johanna Spyri (zottel)
    zottel: Both books describe childhoods of orphan girls, one high up in the Alps, one in rural Canada. Many parallels.

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Originally published: June 13, 1908
Reading age: 9 - 12 years
Length: 244 Pages
  laurendavis | Dec 7, 2023 |
I have red hair, so when I was growing up, people always said I had "hair like Anne of Green Gables." My kids all have red hair too, and my daughter is a dancer, doing a musical theatre solo of a song from the Anne musical, so I thought now would be a great time to finally read the books with her!

It took awhile to get used to the writing and the attitudes of the characters (mainly the adults), I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written 113 years ago!!

I didn't like how Anne was ashamed of her red hair, but I suppose times were different back then.

Anne's character was uplifting and delightful. It really takes you back to childhood when imaginations were King. Her unwavering positivity and excitement for life was refreshing.

I have actually ordered the box set and am eagerly waiting it's arrival so my daughter and I can continue the Anne stories! ( )
  filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
I grew up watching the movie adaptation with Megan Follows and always loved it, so it was high time to read the book.

It's a sweet story, and I love how dramatic Anne is. I love that she's an orphan, that Marilla and Matthew are siblings and not spouses; I love Anne's silly feud with Gilbert and her insta-friendship with Diana. I just love the story.

I read this aloud to my nieces (ages 12, 11, 9, 7) and realized there are a lot of passages describing the nature scenes. Many sentences are long and wordy, which makes it a more difficult pick to read aloud. And there are several words included whose meanings I'm unfamiliar with, despite being a life-long reader - which is not a bad thing! It just surprised me, since so many people read this book as children.

Now we're off to watch the movie! [Edit: It had been years since I'd seen the movie and I didn't realize how many differences there were between it and the book. The movie rearranges a lot of things and I now realize I love the book even more!] ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery is a story about an orphan named Anne
who is sent to the town of Avonlea. This story is set in Prince Edward Island in the fictional town of Avonlea.

Anne is a skinny girl with freckles, fiery red hair and a temper to match. She is very defensive of her hair and always makes sure people know that her name is spelled A-N-N-E not A-N-N.

Anne Shirley arrives at the Green Gables at age 11. She wants to stay there forever but Cuthberts are expecting a boy and are willing to send her back to the orphanage for a boy. Will she go back to the orphanage?

Anne makes many remarkable memories at the green gables such as making a best friend. Her best friend's name is Diana Barry. Diana and Anne have been best friends almost as long as Anne has been at the Green Gables. In a part of the story (As they put it) Anne sets Diana drunk and Diana’s mother Mrs Barry was livid at Anne and doesn’t let Anne see Diana for months till Anne saves Diana’s little sister from a sickness.

When Anne is 16, she goes to a school in Charlotte town to study for a teachers certificate. She gets her certificate in less time than a lot of the people there and gets the opportunity to go to university but she declines it after the sudden death of 1 of the Cuthbers.

This is a good book in my opinion. I would suggest this book for ages 10 and up. This was an OK book, but I don’t think that I would read it very often.

By Nora ( )
  HHMSMiddleSchool | Nov 20, 2023 |
Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty - and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside's strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs.
  PlumfieldCH | Oct 15, 2023 |
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Montgomery, L.M.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bordwin, GabrielleCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burton, KateReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Claus, M.A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Claus, W.A.J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erckenbrecht, IrmelaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, LaurieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leplar, Anna C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mills, Lauren A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savage, KarenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, Ben F.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Zipes, JackIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The good stars met in your horoscope,
Made you of spirit and fire and dew.
- Browning
To the memory of my Father and Mother
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Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? … Oh, don't you see, Marilla? There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them. That's a very comforting thought."
"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting."
Marilla felt more embarrassed than ever. She had intended to teach Anne the childish classic, "Now I lay me down to sleep". But she had, as I have told you, the glimmerings of a sense of humor – which is simply another name for a sense of the fitness of things.
"Oh, but it's good to be alive and to be going home," breathed Anne.
But if the path set before her feet was to be narrow, she knew that flowers of quiet happiness would bloom along it.
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The isbn 0553153277 is not associated with Penguin readers, but with the unabridged version of Anne of Green Gables.
The ISBN 0448060302 is the Illustrated Junior Library edition of Anne of Green Gables.
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Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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Inspiring, adventurous, and full of life, Anne (with an 'e') is adopted into the home of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Although they had originally wanted a boy, they begin to fall in love with the red-headed spunky girl, despite her shenanigans. This is a story of the life of Anne Shirley; from experiencing life's highs when finding bosom friends, to being in the 'depths of despair' during its trials, Anne learns to love those around her while experiencing all life has to offer.

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We'll get an orphan,
He can help with the farm work.
Oh-oh -- she's a girl.

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