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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Book Summary

Anne is a chatterbox with a runaway imagination and a talent for getting into scrapes.  Anne leaves an orphanage to live with Matthew and Marilla, who are quiet and (in Marilla's case, at least) stern. The book's conflict is about whether Anne will fit in to the small-town neighborhood, or whether she will inspire the people in it to change.

This book was first published in 1908, and is the first in a series, set on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Anne of Green Gables

Book Review

This is one of the most enduringly popular books for children, in no small part because Anne is not what Matthew and Marilla expect, in many ways.

The series continues with Anne of Avonlea. In that book, Anne grows up and begins to teach, still dealing with various catastrophes and clinging to her romantic standards and the power of imagination through it all.

In Anne of the Island, Anne travels to study at a university, and develops her understanding of herself and the world as she rooms with friends, dates various suitors, and pursues excellence in academics.

Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside are other books in this series.

The books are somewhat long, and the vocabulary may challenge middle grade readers, but those who aren't intimidated by the length will find a character whose determination and optimism are appealing, even if the setting is completely removed from the reader's experiences.

Anne of Avonlea book cover
Anne of Avonlea
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Well, anyway, when I am grown up, I'm always going to talk to little girls as if they were, too, and I'll never laugh when they use big words.  I know from sorrowful experience how much that hurts one's feelings."  p. 213

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Growing up in 1908 Canada (Prince Edward Island)
  • Adoption
  • Farm Life
  • Friendship
  • Overcoming Mistakes
  • Small Town Neighbors
  • Growing Up
  • The Power of Imagination and Dreams
  • Standing Up for Yourself

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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