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Title:
Anne of Green Gables
Author:
Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942.
Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, [1987]

©1987
Physical Description:
317 pages ; 18 cm
Summary:
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.
General Note:
"A Signet classic."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 17.0 203.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 22 Quiz: 00497 Guided reading level: V.
ISBN:
9780451521125
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Eleven-year-old Anne was not the boy her adoptive parents were expecting--but the imaginative, feisty, red-haired girl soon won them over...and captured the hearts of readers forever.


Author Notes

One of the best-loved children's/young adult authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the daughter of Hugh John and Clara Woolner. After attending Prince of Wales College and Dalhouse College in Halifax, she became a certified teacher, eventually teaching in Bideford, Prince Edward Island. She also served as an assistant at the post office and as a writer for the local newspaper, The Halifax Daily Echo.

Best known for her Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables books, Montgomery received many high honors. She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1923 and a Canadian stamp commemorates Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. In addition, various museums dedicated to the book series and Montgomery's life dot Prince Edward Island.

The books in the Anne series follow the growth and adventures of a red-haired, spritely, high-spirited and imaginative orphan named Anne who lives on Prince Edward Island. The success of these books rested in Montgomery's ability to vividly recollect childhood and her easy storytelling ability. They are tremendously popular to this day and have been translated into more than 35 languages and adapted as movies and PBS television productions.

On July 5, 1911, L.M. Montgomery married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and the marriage produced three children. She died on April 24, 1942.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-8. An orphan girl finds happiness and security on a Nova Scotia farm when she is taken in by a kindly bachelor and his crusty sister. Beautifully filmed for television.


Library Journal Review

This version of Mongomery's classic is illustrated with 14 beautiful color prints by artist Gabriella Dellosso. Though many cheaper editions are available, this is really quite nice for the price. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-With a full cast and some background music, this radio play version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic hits the high points of the original novel. It is quite abbreviated, so each episode in Anne's orphan-girl-made-good story is afforded just enough time to lay out the bones of the plot. However, Anne's spunky and endearing character shines through scene after scene, as does some of the nostalgic charm of Avonlea's Canadian setting and quaint old Green Gables. All the parts are read very well, with a touching intensity that makes up for some of the brevity of plot episodes. A narrator fills in quite smoothly between the scenes for each event. Two nice features for young listeners make this a useful introduction to audio fiction. There is a pleasant chime played at the end of each side, and at the beginning of each side a line or two from the preceding side is repeated, helping to move listeners smoothly through the break in the action. This entertaining version may help lead youngsters to the original novel. School and public libraries seeking to add abridged novels to their collections or to introduce or entice young readers to longer fiction will want to consider this version.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Daring was the fashionable amusement among the Avonlea small fry just then. It had begun among the boys, but soon spread to the girls, and all the silly things that were done in Avonlea that summer because the doers thereof were "dared" to do them would fill a book by themselves. . . . Now, to "walk" board fences requires more skill and steadiness of head and heel than one might suppose who has never tried it. But Josie Pye, if deficient in some qualities that make for popularity, had at least a natural and inborn gift, duly cultivated, for walking board fences. Josie walked the Barry fence with an airy unconcern which seemed to imply that a little thing like that wasn't worth a "dare." Reluctant admiration greeted her exploit, for most of the other girls could appreciate it, having suffered many things themselves in their efforts to walk fences. Josie descended from her perch, flushed with victory, and darted a defiant glance at Anne. Anne tossed her red braids. "I don't think it's such a very wonderful thing to walk a little, low, board fence," she said. "I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridge-pole of a roof." "I don't believe it," said Josie flatly. "I don't believe anybody could walk a ridge-pole. You couldn't, anyhow." "Couldn't I?" cried Anne rashly. "Then I dare you to do it," said Josie defiantly. "I dare you to climb up there and walk the ridge-pole of Mr. Barry's kitchen roof." Anne turned pale, but there was clearly only one thing to be done. She walked towards the house, where a ladder was leaning against the kitchen roof. All the fifth-class girls said, "Oh!" partly in excitement, partly in dismay. "Don't you do it, Anne," entreated Diana. "You'll fall off and be killed. Never mind Josie Pye. It isn't fair to dare anybody to do anything so dangerous." "I must do it. My honour is at stake," said Anne solemnly. "I shall walk that ridge-pole, Diana, or perish in the attempt. If I am killed you are to have my pearl bead ring." Anne climbed the ladder amid breathless silence, gained the ridge-pole, balanced herself uprightly on that precarious footing, and started to walk along it, dizzily conscious that she was uncomfortably high up in the world and that walking ridge-poles was not a thing in which your imagination helped you out much. Nevertheless, she managed to take several steps before the catastrophe came. Then she swayed, lost her balance, stumbled, staggered and fell, sliding down over the sun-baked roof and crashing off it through the tangle of Virginia creeper beneath -- all before the dismayed circle below could give a simultaneous, terrified shriek. If Anne had tumbled off the roof on the side up which she ascended Diana would probably have fallen heir to the pearl bead ring then and there. Fortunately she fell on the other side, where the roof extended down over the porch so nearly to the ground that a fall therefrom was a much less serious thing. Nevertheless, when Diana and the other girls had rushed frantically around the house -- except Ruby Gillis, who remained as if rooted to the ground and went into hysterics -- they found Anne lying all white and limp among the wreck and ruin of the Virginia creeper. "Anne, are you killed?" shrieked Diana, throwing herself on her knees beside her friend. "Oh, Anne, dear Anne, speak just one word to me and tell me if you're killed." To the immense relief of all the girls, and especially of Josie Pye, who, in spite of lack of imagination, had been seized with horrible visions of a future branded as the girl who was the cause of Anne Shirley's early and tragic death, Anne sat dizzily up and answered uncertainly: "No, Diana, I am not killed, but I think I am rendered unconscious." Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables by L. M Montgomery All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

1. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprisedp. 9
2. Matthew Cuthbert Is Surprisedp. 17
3. Marilla Cuthbert Is Surprisedp. 30
4. Morning at Green Gablesp. 37
5. Anne's Historyp. 44
6. Marilla Makes Up Her Mindp. 50
7. Anne Says Her Prayersp. 56
8. Anne's Bringing-Up Is Begunp. 60
9. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrifiedp. 68
10. Anne's Apologyp. 75
11. Anne's Impressions of Sunday Schoolp. 82
12. A Solemn Vow and Promisep. 88
13. The Delights of Anticipationp. 94
14. Anne's Confessionp. 99
15. A Tempest in the School Teapotp. 108
16. Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Resultsp. 123
17. A New Interest in Lifep. 134
18. Anne to the Rescuep. 140
19. A Concert, a Catastrophe, and a Confessionp. 150
20. A Good Imagination Gone Wrongp. 162
21. A New Departure in Flavoringsp. 169
22. Anne Is Invited Out to Teap. 179
23. Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honorp. 183
24. Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concertp. 190
25. Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleevesp. 195
26. The Story Club Is Formedp. 205
27. Vanity and Vexation of Spiritp. 213
28. An Unfortunate Lily Maidp. 220
29. An Epoch in Anne's Lifep. 228
30. The Queen's Class Is Organizedp. 237
31. Where the Brook and River Meetp. 249
32. The Pass List Is Outp. 256
33. The Hotel Concertp. 264
34. A Queen's Girlp. 274
35. The Winter at Queen'sp. 281
36. The Glory and the Dreamp. 286
37. The Reaper Whose Name Is Deathp. 292
38. The Bend in the Roadp. 299
Afterwordp. 307
Bibliographyp. 315

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