“The dearest and most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice.” Mark Twain
Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. So when she is sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert at Green Gables farm, she thinks she’s found one at last. Green Gables is the most beautiful place Anne has ever seen and she knows she wants to stay forever. But a spirited redheaded chatterbox with a vivid imagination and a quick temper is the last thing the Cuthberts were expecting. The longer Anne stays however, the harder it is for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her. Her once lonely life becomes peopled with friends, and even Avonlea’s most judgmental townspeople are won over by Anne’s strength and charm as she matures into a thoughtful, responsible young woman with a generous spirit and a true capacity for love and sacrifice.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), a Canadian national treasure, grew up on Prince Edward Island, where her stories are set. She wrote Anne of Green Gables in the evenings while working as a reporter for the Halifax Daily Echo. Her manuscript was rejected by four publishers before she revised it and a Boston publisher accepted it for publication in 1908. It has remained in print ever since. In 1911 she married Ewan Macdonald and they had two sons. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. She died in Toronto in 1942.
"Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find Anne of Green Gables lavishly illustrated."