Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Novel: Anne of Green Gables

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Publication Year: 1908

Target Audience: Children’s Classic

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Setting: Prince Edward Island; 1890’s

A Favorite Quote: “Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”

My One Sentence Summary: When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert request a boy from the asylum and are sent a girl instead, their entire world (as well as Anne’s) changes forever.

What I loved about this book: Everything! The characters—especially Anne. The humor and warmth. The anecdotes as Anne finds herself in one scrape after another.

Major themes: Optimism in the face of adversity; understanding others and looking beneath the surface; power of imagination

Who should read this book: Everyone! In my humble opinion, if you haven’t read this book, you’re missing out. But it will probably appeal most to girls and to slightly more advanced readers who are willing to patiently work their way through some long descriptive passages.

Series order:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Anne of Ingleside
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside