Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
(Signet Classics)

83%

26 Critic Reviews

The book is a very good one, and certainly a great children’s tale, yet it falls just short of the films...Yet, I cannot recommend this book more. It might be one of those you’ve known about, but have just been putting off. I urge you to visit it and see what a great writer Lucy Maud Montgomery really is.
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Synopsis

“Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake. . . .”

When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the Cuthberts to let her stay, even though she isn’t the boy they’d hoped for. The loquacious Anne quickly finds her way into their hearts, as she has with generations of readers, and her charming, ingenious adventures in Avonlea, filled with colorful characters and tender escapades, linger forever in our memories.

This Modern Library edition of the first of L. M. Montgomery’s beloved and immensely popular Avonlea novels features the restored original text and an Introduction by the noted children’s literature scholar Jack Zipes.
 

About L. M. Montgomery

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Dr. Collett Tracey teaches Canadian literature at Carleton UDr. Collett Tracey teaches Canadian literature at Carleton UDr. Collett Tracey teaches Canadian literature at Carleton University. She brings her interest in Canadian modernism andniversity. She brings her interest in Canadian modernism andniversity. She brings her interest in Canadian modernism and women's writing to her introduction. Lucy Maud Montgomer women's writing to her introduction. Lucy Maud Montgomer women's writing to her introduction. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Islandy was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Islandy was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island on November 30, 1874. Raised by her maternal grandparents, on November 30, 1874. Raised by her maternal grandparents, on November 30, 1874. Raised by her maternal grandparents, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown and obshe attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown and obshe attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown and obtained her teaching certificate. She later studied literaturtained her teaching certificate. She later studied literaturtained her teaching certificate. She later studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She eventually marriede at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She eventually marriede at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She eventually married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and had 3 sons wit Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and had 3 sons wit Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and had 3 sons with him. She published 12 books in total and died in Toronto ih him. She published 12 books in total and died in Toronto ih him. She published 12 books in total and died in Toronto in 1942. n 1942. n 1942.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Signet. 320 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Anne of Green Gables
All: 26 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by perksofbeingabookworm on Jun 28 2014

She is my favourite character, and thus this is my favourite book. What I love also about it is how the story flows. You can actually imagine the characters saying the things written.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Margaret Atwood on Mar 28 2008

The thing that distinguishes Anne from so many "girls' books" of the first half of the 20th century is its dark underside: this is what gives Anne its frenetic, sometimes quasi-hallucinatory energy, and what makes its heroine's idealism and indignation so poignantly convincing.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Schneider on Jul 08 2008

The book is a very good one, and certainly a great children’s tale, yet it falls just short of the films...Yet, I cannot recommend this book more. It might be one of those you’ve known about, but have just been putting off. I urge you to visit it and see what a great writer Lucy Maud Montgomery really is.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle Wright on Dec 04 2008

Montgomery writes in a captivating prose that pulls the reader in and allows the reader to easily sympathize with the characters. The descriptions of Anne demonstrate her as a little rough around the edges with a bit of a temper...Written in such a way that the reader wants Anne to succeed in her endeavours...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Kendall on May 19 2014

Montgomery’s delightful writing style introduces young readers to poetical phrases and lush description of landscape that is made light by the comical escapades of a charming heroine.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Jessica Schneider on Mar 07 2009

I urge you to visit it and see what a great writer Lucy Maud Montgomery really is. There really is only one Anne Shirley, and after reading this book, I am certain you'll agree.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Hala Hassan on May 19 2014

There is a sentimental simplicity about this novel that I just adore. It is impossible for anyone after reading this book to not love Anne not only because she is one of a kind, but mostly, because we can all relate our childhood to hers.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jules on Mar 20 2011

...despite the bit of redundancies, I think it is a sweet book and overall a good read. A good choice for the young and the young at heart!

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The Blue Bookcase

Above average
Reviewed by The Blue Bookcase on May 19 2014

Our lovely heroine makes the book for me, because, without her, I’m afraid the story would disintegrate into a collection of morals and baking incidents. Thankfully, she has this habit of innocently making brilliant – and often philosophical – remarks...

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Pretty Books

Good
Reviewed by prettybooks on Feb 08 2013

Anne of Green Gables now one of my favourite novels and one I’ll keep coming back to. I wish I had highlighted my own copy since I found it in a used bookshop for only 50p, although I would’ve ended up highlighting the entire book.

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Reviewed by Michelle Wright on Jan 11 2010

This classic young adults novel led to many sequels and Anne of Green Gables movie adaptions. It is a story that demonstrates loveable characters and is an enjoyable read for so many.

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https://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com

Good
on Dec 26 2009

What a great book! So sorry I missed it when I was younger. On the bright side, it has sequels! It has movies! I love sequels! I love movies! I love Anne! Can’t wait!

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The Bluestocking Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Anderson on Jul 01 2008

In the end, that is what makes Anne of Green Gables memorable to me. The story of a little girl, who gets into endless scrapes, but who turns out to have a character worthy of those who lovingly brought her up.

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Reeder Reads

Excellent
on May 19 2014

So treat yourself and go pick up this unique and loved novel… I promise you that you’ll enjoy every single page!

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Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on Jun 18 2012

...tis a fine novel for both the boy and girl set. Aside from Pippi Longstocking, there’s no other literary redhead of quite the same tomboyish aspects as our Anne.

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Caroline Bookbinder

Good
Reviewed by Carin Siegfried on Feb 19 2011

I have been filling in a few gaps in my literary background, and this is the first book in the gap-filling, where I really want to keep reading. I want to read the rest of the series!

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The Bookwyrm's Hoard

Excellent
Reviewed by Lark on Apr 25 2014

Anne of Green Gables has been a favorite of mine since I first discovered the books around 5th or 6th grade. In fact, I love the entire series, but the first book is among my best-loved children's books.

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Nerdy Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Amy Bright on Feb 23 2012

Anne of Green Gables is a “royally beautiful” book with characters that will be your kindred spirits...If you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables…you need to add it to your TBR stack immediately!

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The Written World

Good
Reviewed by Kailana on Jan 25 2014

I love Anne! She is vibrant, imaginative, and captivating. She definitely comes to life in these books. She is one of my favourite literary characters.

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The Reader's Refuge

Excellent
Reviewed by Alyssa on May 09 2014

Anne of Green Gables is by far one of my all-time favorites. But if you have read it, consider giving it another go. This one is definitely worth revisiting.

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The Reading Chic

Below average
Reviewed by Sierra on Nov 14 2010

Lucy’s writing style is very plain, my nine year old sister can write better than she can. She barely gives any detail whatsoever...I wish I could say that I loved it and just ramble on and on, just stating reasons why, because this just seems to be an adored book, but I can’t, because then I would be lying.

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Ya Yeah Yeah

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Dean on May 13 2014

I have a soft spot for books like this which take us through a character’s entire teenage years and it’s superb to see her develop from the headstrong, impetuous girl she is at the start to someone different and more mature – without losing any of the charm those attributes give to her – by the end.

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Cheli's Shelves

Good
on Feb 17 2014

I never read this book in my youth and now that I have, I'm not really enamored of it. I think that if I had read it when I was a child, I would have liked it, but now I see just one dimensional characters and little plot.

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Toronto Review Of Books

Good
Reviewed by Craig MacBride on Jan 18 2012

As overwhelmingly nice as it is, the book is not to be dismissed. Its popularity and staying power are impressive, and the model of a child with booming confidence and an acceptable level of irreverence is a good one for any young reader.

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Confessions of a Bibliovore

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Reviewed by Bibliovore on Jun 05 2011

...Anne is hilarious. Like many a starry-eyed teenager, she takes things she's heard and barely understands, mixes them up, and spouts them forth. And yet, she's not being pretentious.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Fleur on May 01 2009

Indeed the whole book is a joy. The writing is lovely, the setting is beautifully evoked, the story never falters, there are wonderful details everywhere, and the values espoused are simple and fine.

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