Before Green Gables

Before Green Gables

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View our feature on Budge Wilson's Before Green Gables.

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.



Baker & Taylor
A specially authorized prequel to L. M. Montgomery's classic series about the irrepressible red-haired orphan, published to commemorate the original work's one hundredth anniversary, follows Anne's early years before her adoption by the Cuthberts. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's early life, and the journey that led her to Prince Edward Island - a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her overcome difficult circumstances; and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.
When readers first meet Anne, she is eleven, and has just been sent from an orphanage to meet her new family. Readers never learned the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables.
Until now.
After baby Anne's parents die in an epidemic, she is sent from one foster family to another, always searching for the love and comfort of a real home. A clever child, she learns to talk early, and even in her darkest times she finds joy in the power of her imagination and, eventually, by escaping into the world of books. Through her adventures at school and in foster homes and orphanages, Anne's vibrant personality - her imagination, her hot temper, her impetuousness, her dramatic flair - shines through.

Baker
& Taylor

An authorized prequel to L.M. Montgomery's classic series about the irrepressible red-haired orphan follows Anne's early years before her adoption by the Cuthberts.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780670067213
9780399154683
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 22 cm

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mgnr
Nov 10, 2017

Very good book, some new adventure on every page!

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readingfairy1
Mar 17, 2017

I really liked this story, recommended by my English teacher. It is SO sad, but has a happy ending! I cried and laughed. The writing style is of course different from L.M. Montgomery's, but the story is lovely. I like Anne so much! This book tells the story of Anne's life before she came to Prince Edward Island, based mostly on what Anne tells Marilla in chapter 5 of "Anne of Green Gables". This book makes me want to read "Anne of Green Gables" again! For anyone who loved any of the Anne books! I give this story 5 out of 5 stars!!

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robinreads4fun
Jan 16, 2017

I just happened upon the book and decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the story, laughed and cried - more than I care to admit. I don't think I recommend it for a child, but as an adult with grown kids, I was able to handle it. I don't think kids need to hear about all the situations Anne was put in in this story. I'm glad the author allowed her to leave her old life in Nova Scotia behind when she got to PEI.
I am now going to reread Anne of Green Gables and all of the books in the series. I never read past GGs as a kid, but now I want to read them all. A little light-hearted reading is good for the soul. Off to the J fiction section I go.

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blue_rabbit_1950
Dec 28, 2015

This book is pretty good, even though this book wasn't written by L.M. Montgomery, the author made seem like Montgomery wrote the book since she used some of the words from that time.

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Oct 19, 2015

Very good book. It is a good book to read before "Anne of Green Gables". However, I was very upset to know Lucy Maud Montgomery didn't write the book.

devorah1231 Sep 19, 2014

A bit more adult than Anne of Green gables - I wouldn't let a little kid read it. A bit depressing - lots of sad buts as a lot of people die, deal with poverty, cruelty, etc. Also the author carefully put in the 3 sets of twins (but she wasn't with them quite as long as she should have been), croup, etc that are mentioned in the books, but it doesn't seem to match up. For example, why would Anne's teacher bring her ipecac? Why would she learn about bosom friends when she was three? She also seems unnaturally bright and capable when she is far too young. A lot of the book happens when she is 6, but she acts like she is 12.
Still, its well written and a good read.

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GreenElephantGirl
Jul 21, 2012

I think this book's GORGEOUS! It's not exactly L.M.Montgomery's style, but a lot of hard work's gone into this. 5 stars!!

SarahFlower Jul 10, 2012

green gables series is the best...so when this one came along i wasn't sure if it would be any good......BUT IT BETTER THEN GOOD!!!!!!!!!

JewelMcLatchy Jun 11, 2012

As beautiful and wonderful as it is heartbreaking, this authorized prequel is a must-read for all Anne fans. I would recommend reading it after the original series though to get the full picture and appreciate what's going on.

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tanyaita
Feb 28, 2012

I loved this book. I hope that you are able to enjoy the book, understanding that it is not written by maud. Mauds children have okayed the book and it is a good read

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Mar 15, 2017

readingfairy1 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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readingfairy1
Mar 17, 2017

Violence: In the story Mr. Bert Thomas is often drunk and hits his wife.

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readingfairy1
Mar 13, 2017

Bertha couldn't really see why you weren't supposed to be a teacher just because you were married.
She'd asked a few people that question: "Why can't you do both?" The answer was always the same: "Because you should be home, looking after your husband." Why couldn't they look after *each other*? The house was tiny, and their meals were simple. You didn't need to dust every single surface *every day*. She'd done all the cooking on her father's farm after her mother died, and she was so good at it that she could make a whole meal -- desert and all -- in twenty-five minutes. And laundry? In the summer, Walter had always helped her to wring out the sheets and to fill the big water heater on the stove. He could still do that if she changed her washday to Saturday. Bertha sighed, and turned to reenter the house. ~ Chapter 1

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