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Lucy Maud Montgomery : a writer's life
MacLeod, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"Edited by Valerie Wyatt" --T.p. verso.

For ages 8 to 12.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 1.0 45562.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 4 Quiz: 24130.
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PR9199.3.M6 Z793 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
PR9199.3.M6 Z793 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
PR9199.3.M6 Z793 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
PR9199.3.M6 Z793 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Lucy Maud Montgomery believed that one day she would be taken seriously as a writer. Despite the many obstacles she faced throughout her life, Montgomery not only earned a good living as a writer, but also became famous for it. Anne of Green Gables is one of the most popular books ever written and has been translated into over 20 languages, garnering Montgomery worldwide recognition and appeal.

Weaving the real events of her life into the fabric of her fiction using photographs, excerpts from newspapers and actual journal pages, this biography explores Montgomery's struggle and determination to realize her dreams. This book in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series includes a concise timeline and a listing of pertinent Web sites.

Author Notes

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. This brief, illustrated biography is similar in format to MacLeod's Alexander Graham Bell (1999). It introduces one of Canada's most famous writers. Period photos in black-and-white as well as color pictures of sites, artifacts, and books illustrate the text. Though somewhat busy visually, this presentation offers a good biographical overview, studded with vivid details. MacLeod gives a clear sense of Montgomery's life and shows how she wove certain parts of her own history into her fiction. Anne of Green Gables fans will find this an accessible and entertaining choice. Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables is paid tribute in Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life by Elizabeth MacLeod, in the same format as her previous Alexander Graham Bell. In addition to learning about the author's early life growing up on Prince Edward Island, fans of Anne can see the house that served as model for Green Gables, and will see that the author had much in common with her fictitious heroine. The right-hand page of each spread includes quotes and photos of the author and people, places and things that were important to her. A timeline and related Web sites close this informative paper-over-board volume. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This highly pictorial introduction to the famous Canadian author assumes that readers are familiar with Montgomery's works, but is formatted for a younger audience. Thirteen double-page chapters tell her story. Historical facts about the times are interspersed with information about the writer and mention is made of the things that happened to her that are paralleled in her characters' lives. Captioned illustrations, photographs, and quotations fill each right-hand page and spot art and reproductions add additional snippets of information. Students who are looking for report information on someone famous will be satisfied with this slim biography. However, readers who know and love Montgomery's books will want more than is available in this cursory overview. Introduce them to Catherine M. Andronik's Kindred Spirit: A Biography of L. M. Montgomery, Creator of Anne of Green Gables (Atheneum, 1993). Montgomery's The Alpine Path (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1997) focuses on her childhood and early writing years.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.