Before Green Gables

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Penguin, 2008 - Fiction - 389 pages
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A must-read for generations of book lovers. This remarkable, and heart-warming prequel to the classic Anne of Green Gables was specially authorized by L.M. Montgomery's heirs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel.

Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's life before her arrival at Green Gables-a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.

Published in 1908, L. M. Montgomery's coming-of-age classic Anne of Green Gables has enchanted generations of readers, both children and adults. The story of the spunky red-haired orphan from Prince Edward Island is known to millions, and copies of the eight titles in the series have never gone out of print.

But when readers first meet Anne, she is eleven, and has just been sent from an orphanage to meet her new family. No one ever learned the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables.

Until now.

For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat; the account of how one of literature's most beloved heroines became the girl who captivated the world.

 

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What was Anne's life like before Green Gables? What happened to her parents and how did she get such a big vocabulary? 'Before Green Gables' offers an enjoyable insight into Anne as a youngster, just ... Read full review

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What a tear-jerker! We all know the story told by Lucy Maud Montgomery of the orphan girl Anne Shirley who arrives at the age of eleven on Prince Edward Island to make her home with Matthew and ... Read full review

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Contents

Walter Leaves for Work 1 11 Four Days
40
Walter Returns 6
47
Tea with Jessie 9
53
Mrs Thomas Comes 19
63
First Weeks 27
71
Katie and Anne
82
Mr Thomas and Anne
85
Disaster
91
A Surprise Visit
217
School and Other
219
Things
221
Terror
226
Birthday Presents
232
Disaster
237
The Downside of Death
241
A Sad Conversation
246

The Fruits of Disaster
95
Preparing to Leave
99
Leaving and Arriving
105
Marysville
111
Mats Education and Eggs
114
A Long Walk
120
The Egg Man
126
Words
132
Anger and Fear
138
On the Way
143
First Day at School
150
Recess
156
A Talk with Mr Johnson
160
Anne Receives a Dictionary
166
A Blizzard of Surprises
172
A Journey
177
A Terrible Shock
184
A Hardened Heart
189
A Surprise Visit
194
A Magic Day
206
Winter
210
Mrs Hammond
250
Comes
252
Goodbyes
257
The Journey
262
Discoveries
268
Violetta and Miss Haggerty
275
More Discoveries
281
Daffodils and Other Things
289
Afterward
296
Time Passes
302
Another Year Another Time
309
Endings
316
Another Departure
323
Another Journey
331
Another Arrival
339
New Beginnings
346
A Friend
348
A Revelation
359
Mrs Spencer Arrives
369
On the Way
376
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About the author (2008)

Budge Wilson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her many prizes include seventeen Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" awards, and the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Canadian Book Award. Her collection of short stories The Leaving was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and was later included on the association's list of "The 75 Best Children's Books of the Last 25 Years." In 2004, she was made a member of the Order of Canada.

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