- Anne of Avonlea
Infobox Book |
name = Anne of Avonlea
image_caption = Scholastic Classics edition cover
Lucy Maud Montgomery
language = English
series = Anne of Green Gables
genre = Children's novelr
publisher = L. C. Page & Co.
release_date = 1909
media_type = Print (
isbn = NA
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of the Island
"Anne of Avonlea" is a novel by
Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in 1909.
Anne of Green Gables" (1908), the book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from " Anne of Green Gables", as well as new ones like Mr Harrison, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora and Davy.
Explanation of the novel's title
The book's title is fitting, as Anne is no longer simply "of Green Gables" as she was in the previous book, but now takes her place among the "important" people of Avonlea society, as its only schoolteacher. She is also a founding member of the A.V.I.S. (the Avonlea Village Improvement Society), which tries to improve (with questionable results) the Avonlea landscape.
The book starts by revealing that Anne is to be the teacher of the Avonlea School, although she will still continue her studies at home with Gilbert, who is teaching at the nearby White Sands School. The book soon introduces Anne's new and problematic neighbor, Mr. Harrison and his charming parrot, as well as the twins, Davy and Dora. They are the children of Marilla's third cousin and she adopts them when their mother dies. Dora is a nice well behaved girl, while Davy is a little more of a handful and gets into many scrapes. Other characters introduced are some of Anne's new pupils, such as Paul Irving, an American boy living with his grandma in Avonlea. He delights Anne because of his imagination and childish ways, which are a lot like Anne's in her childhood. Later in the book, Anne and her friends meet Miss Lavender, a nice but lonely lady who had been engaged to Paul's father 25 years before.
Among other things, during this book, Anne discovers the delights and troubles of being a teacher, takes part in the raising of Davy and Dora, and organizes the A.V.I.S. (Avonlea Village Improvement Society), which tries to bring improvements to Avonlea with questionable results.
This book sees Anne maturing slightly, even though she still cannot avoid getting into a number of her familiar scrapes, as only Anne can - some of which include selling her neighbor's cow (having mistaken it for her own), or getting stuck in a broken duck house roof.
Montgomery continued the story of Anne Shirley in a series of sequels. They are listed in the order of Anne's age in each novel.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
The film formed the basis for the 1987
CBC Televisionminiseries "", which aired as "Anne of Avonlea" on the Disney Channel in the United States.
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/47 Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery] (Project Gutenberg)
* [http://librivox.org/anne-of-avonlea-by-lucy-maud-montgomery/ Anne of Avonlea] LibriVox (free audiobooks of public domain)
* [http://www.anne3.com/ Official page on the Sullivan Anne trilogy] On the world famous Canadian miniseries, based in part on Anne of Windy Poplars, with a [http://www.anne3.com/forum/ message board] for fans
* [http://www.tickledorange.com/LMM/ An L.M. Montgomery Resource Page] Resource on L.M. Montgomery and Anne's Legacy
* [http://www.anneandgilbert.com/ Anne and Gilbert, The Musical] - New musical set during the years of Anne of Avonlea.
* [http://www.geocities.com/ragdollz26 Anne Shirley Home Page] Resource page specifically concerning Anne Shirley and the series.
* [http://lmmresearch.org/ The L.M. Montgomery Research Group] This scholarly site includes a blog, an extensive bibliography of reference materials, and a complete filmography of all adaptations of Montgomery texts.
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