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Anne of Green Gables

This much-loved Canadian novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan who finds a new life when she is adopted, aged eleven, by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. The Cuthberts, an elderly brother and sister who live an austere and isolated life, had planned to adopt a boy to help on their farm, called Green Gables.

Green Gables farm is in Avonlea, a fictional village on Prince Edward Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. Anne is constantly delighted by the beauty of the natural world around her. Vivid descriptions, like this one, appear throughout the book.

After the success of the first Anne of Green Gables novel, L. M. Montgomery published seven more. There have been many screen adaptations of the stories, and the latest, the Netflix series called Anne with an E, starring the brilliantly cast Amybeth McNulty, is definitely worth watching.