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28 Mar 2003 Dover Children's Evergreen Classics
The spirited redhead returns in this heartwarming sequel to Anne of Green Gables. Now she's the schoolma'am in the same place where she was a student, and not much older than her pupils. Anne's determination provides the same "scope for imagination" that made this book's predecessor a treasure for young readers.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Children's (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486422399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486422398
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She had her first poem published at the age of 15 and after completing college she worked for a short time as a journalist before becoming a teacher.

In 1908 Anne of Green Gables was published to huge acclaim with Anne of Avonlea coming soon after. Many successful novels follwed but by late 1930s, due to personal troubles, illness and depression, she stopped writing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942 and was buried on her beloved Prince Edward Island.

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"Anne is a captivating heroine, a whirlwind of energy and good intentions" (New Statesman)

"It's no stretch to suggest that Anne was the Harry Potter of her day" (Elizabeth Epperly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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One can't get over the habit of being a little girl all at once... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A tall, slim girl, 'half past sixteen', with serious grey eyes and hair which her friends called auburn, had sat down on the broad red sandstone doorstep of a Prince Edward Island farmhouse one ripe afternoon in August, firmly resolved to construe so many lines of Virgil. Read the first page
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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For those of you who enjoyed the first book in this series, Anne of Green Gables, you'll find this second book about Anne's adventures just as enchanting. In Anne of Avonlea, you can follow Anne into her teens and smile at her new and mirth provoking exploits such as chasing ornary cows out of neighbor's fields, teaching for the first time in the local school, forming a village improvement society and helping Marila to raise the mischievous Davy and his twin sister Dora. Of course, old friends like the unquenchable Mrs. Rachel Lynde and also Anne's childhood "bosom friend" Diana, still feature largely in her life and add to her colourful adventures. The handsome Gilbert Blythe, whom Anne once swore to hate forever, has finally been found to be a kindred spirit, and he strives to be worthy of her friendship...and perhaps something more? For Anne is growing up and becoming a graceful and sweet young woman who will win your affection as surely as she did as a child. All in all, this book follows in the footsteps of the first and like me, you probably will not be able to put it down until you are through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The "Anne of Green Gables" series are one of my all time favourites, and this second book in the series (first published in 1909) is every bit as wonderful as the first (1908). Beautifully written and a really good read for ages 8 to adult.

In Anne of Avonlea we catch up with Anne (aged 16 and half, although I thought that she had ended up 17 at the end of Anne of Green Gables - minor glitch!) as she returns to her old school in Avonlea as the school teacher. Anne is delightful in her ideals and her everlasting optimism... but even Anne can have her bad days (or "Judas" days) and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments where Anne just can't help but get it all wrong! You can't help but laugh aloud in the firecracker incident at school.

Anne and her old chums have also set up a society for the improvement of Avonlea, which meets with its fair share of hiccups, and Marilla and Anne take on six-year-old twins Davy and Dora, whose exploits Lucy Maud Montgomery recounts in her typically amusing way. Gregarious Anne also makes new friends, with the cantakerous Mr Harrison, and the eccentric Miss Lavendar.... and then there is her favourite pupil, dreamy eyed Stephen Irving...

Just wonderful timeless classics & I can't recommend them enough!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
After the great success of "Anne of Green Gables," first published in 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery had to quickly write a sequel to continue the misadventures of the mischievous red-headed orphan on Prince Edward Island and satisfy her readership. Since the original classic was not intended to be the first in a series, Montgomery had to make some changes and the one that will drive you crazy is that Anne is back to being oblivious about Gilbert Blythe being the love of her life and her perfect match. Even though it was clear at the end of the first book that Anne knew what Gilbert's place in her life would be that was quickly forgotten and in fact it would not be until the third book before the two finally worked out their future together.
The other thing that becomes obvious in "Anne of Avonlea" is that Montgomery was rather uncomfortable with Anne growing up, even though she is only "half-past sixteen." There is an infusion of new children into the story, not only because Anne is now teaching at the Avonlea school and having to deal with her young charges, but also because Marilla Cuthbert has adopted the irrepressible Keith twins, Davy and Dora. Also thrown into the mix are the mysterious new neighbor with his parrot and my favorite addition, the eccentric Miss Lavendar who has been waiting a quarter of a century for her beloved Stephen Irving to return to her.
"Anne of Avonlea" was published in 1909 and along with the fourth book in the series, "Anne of Windy Poplars," is a testament to Montgomery's respect for the teaching profession; the book is dedicated to her former teacher, Hattie Gordon Smith. While this is not one of my favorite Anne novels, it is still a worthy successor to the classic story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of green gables 2 26 Oct 2002
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
I think this is an utterly charming book,a sequel to Anne of green gables.Anne is growing up,but still manages to get herself into the same kind of scrapes as the first book.She is teaching at Avonlea school,but still has time for her old friends,as well as some new ones.
As usual,there are glorious descriptions of the countryside and the same delightful humour that made Anne of green gables so popular.If you liked that,you will love this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in series 10 April 2003
This is my favourite of all the Anne books. I was 16 myself when I read it and you feel you can totally identify with the young Anne's character. It has everything...and the best ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 28 Nov 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Like the first Anne book, Anne of Green Gables, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. And though many think these books sentimental mush, I seemed to garner a lot from reading them.

They teach me to see God in new and exciting ways - to see God more in Nature and the world around me that He has created - to look for the best in all people I meet, especially those who are hard to like, ie Mrs. Rachael Lynd and Mr. Harrison. We have to learn to see past the exterior to see the person inside.
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Published 26 days ago by R son
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another wonderful book. The whole of this collection is great.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. A. Stayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Early reading
This is a book which I have loved from school days and still find pleasure reading about that area of Canada.
Published 5 months ago by Edna Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne
L.Montgomery books of Anne are very inspiring, buoyant and full of vim! I can read them over and over again.
Published 7 months ago by Mara Repele
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, heartwarming read
While not as charming as 'Anne of Green Gables', 'Anne of Avonlea' is a beautifully written and entertaining addition following Anne's life from the ages of 16 - 18.
Published 8 months ago by mooseycow
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of Avonlea Complete Series
One of my childhood favourites which I purchased to read again because I enjoyed it so much the first time around. I enjoyed them even more the 2nd time around. Read more
Published 8 months ago by maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
Read this book as a child but have thoroughly enjoyed reading it again as an adult. Beautifully written with good morals.
Published 8 months ago by G. M. Donald
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Quite sad as thought it would be a great book turns out it wasn't :( though a few good parts in it....I can see the author is a great one gust this isn't one of my favourites ..... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susie Horsfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories of a great read
Just loved this book from childhood, just wanted to read it again and it is just as wonderful the second time around as it was the first. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sugary sweet
I did enjoy this book but I found it not as good as Ann Of Green Gables. It's a lovely sweet story but a bit predictable
Published 9 months ago by gerardine farrington
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