Anne Shirley, now 16, is moving from childhood into adulthood. As she begins teaching at Avonlea school she is determined to treat the children as she wishes she had been treated, and has many theories as to how that should be accomplished. She also enters the grown-up world of Avonlea in typical Anne fashion by working to beautify the landscape, and helping to form the Avonlea Village Improvement Society. Old friends are joined by new ones, including an outspoken neighbor with a rude parrot and a young-at-heart spinster who proves to be a true kindred spirit.
Anne of Avonlea, originally published in 1909, is the sequel to Anne of Green Gables, and follows Anne Shirley through her next two years. While it has received less critical acclaim than its predecessor, it has enjoyed enduring popularity and has been adapted into television, movie, and theater.
Anne of Green Gables, penned by Lucy Maud Montgomery, stands as a beloved work in classic Canadian literature. Part of a series that showcases the vibrant life of Anne Shirley, this book holds a special place among L.M. Montgomery books.
The story begins with the Cuthberts, Marilla and her brother Matthew, intending to adopt a boy to help with their farm in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. However, a mix-up at the orphanage leads to the arrival of Anne, a spirited, imaginative, red-haired girl. The tale follows Anne's adventures, trials, and friendships as she grows up in Green Gables, making it a poignant piece in the coming-of-age stories category.
With her penchant for daydreams, knack for getting into humorous scrapes, and strong sense of ambition, Anne Shirley has become an iconic character in children's literature. Her endearing qualities, coupled with her struggles with identity and belonging, make her journey relatable and memorable.
The scenic beauty of Prince Edward Island, with its green landscapes and picturesque settings, plays a backdrop to Anne's story. The evocative description of nature is a consistent feature in Canadian pastoral narratives, adding depth to the story's ambiance.
Montgomery's portrayal of Anne's educational pursuits, her challenges in adjusting to her new family, her friendships, particularly with her bosom friend Diana, and her amusing conflicts with neighbor Gilbert Blythe, establishes Anne of Green Gables as an enduring tale of friendship, love, and self-discovery.
The novel remains a touchstone in literature, highlighting the joys, sorrows, and adventures of childhood and adolescence. Its blend of humor, emotion, and insight has ensured that Anne of Green Gables continues to enchant and inspire readers of all ages.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.