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Before Green Gables [Hardcover]

Budge Wilson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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6 Mar 2008

Before she arrived at Green Gables, young Anne Shirley had a difficult early life. Orphaned as a baby, she is sent from one foster home to the next, caring for other people's children even though she is child herself, and escaping from her dark reality through the power of her vivid imagination. Curious, inventive and outspoken, even at a young age, Anne battles to make a life for herself by searching out kindred spirits, finding solace in her books and dreaming of the day she has a family of her own.

Budge Wilson's story of Anne's early life in foster homes and an orphanage in Nova Scotia explains how Anne became such a vibrant and imaginative little girl, despite her destitute upbringing.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st. Edition edition (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141384123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141384122
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilson has created a back-story for Anne that is thematically rich and convincing -- The Guardian

About the Author

Budge Wilson is one of Canada's most highly-acclaimed authors for young readers. She has published twenty-nine books in more than ten countries and her stories have been included in over ninety anthologies. She has won numerous literary awards, including the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award. Budge Wilson lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Bertha Shirley stood at the door of their little yellow house, and waved goodbye to Walter as he turned on to the road that would eventually take him to the Bolingbroke High School. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Greengables - a gem of a book 6 April 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a self confessed Anne addict and have been all my life, well, ever since I learned to read and my Granny gave me her favourite book to read for myself. Since then I have read everything L M Montgomery wrote including her diaries. When I first heard about Budge Wilson's book I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Part of me was worried that she couldn't possibly do Anne justice, part of me was excited by the idea. I need not have worried, this book is a gem and pure magic for me and my daughters who have grown up loving Anne as much as I do.
Budge Wilson is a brilliant author and could be L M Montgomery herself, she evokes the story of Anne's early years so convincingly that I was won over heart and soul to the idea of a prequel to my favourite book.
Do read this book, you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I remember being told about this great television series on PBS about this redheaded orphan girl. I checked it out the next time it was on and was immediately and totally captivated by Kevin Sullivan's adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables." I watched it every time it was on and read the original novel. Within a year I had read all of the Anne books plus all of the other Montgomery books that were out in paperback and everything I could find on the shelves in local libraries. I tracked down books that were out of print and photocopied them and managed to pick up a 19th impression of "Anne of Green Gables" (from 1910) and a 1st edition of "Rainbow Valley."

When I got remarried we spent three days just driving to Prince Edward Island for our honeymoon, where we stayed at the hotel that shows up at the start of "Anne of Avonlea" and serves as the White Sand Hotel on "Road to Avonlea." We went to see "Anne of Green Gables: The Musical" in Charlottes town and saw every L.M. Montgomery site there was to see on PEI. On the way home we stopped at several of the places where they filmed the Sullivan adaptations, including the bridge where Anne finally told Gilbert she did not want sunbursts and marble halls, she just wanted him. We have a display case that has a couple of ceramic figures of Anne and Matthew, photographs of Green Gables, and assorted odds and ends including sandstone the peculiar shade of red you find on PEI. So when I found out that the Montgomery estate had authorized Budge Wilson to write a prequel to Montgomery's books, I was pretty excited to read "Before Green Gables."

Cranky old Mark Twain declared Anne Shirely to be "the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy prequil 18 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
My daughter and I shared this book directly after reading and falling in love with Anne of Green Gables together. I was a little dubious about it, because usually a modern follow-on to a classic is hopelessly disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to be wrong in that assumption! Both my daughter and I adored Before Green Gables. Ms. Wilson is true to the spirit and style of the original Anne books; I especially admired her descriptions of Nova Scotia, which rival Ms. Montgomery's in detail and charm. The author also does an enchanting job of capturing Anne's character, creating a credible back-story for Anne. What a joy to discover such a treasure and be able to spend even more time with Anne Shirley! As another reviewer said, Ms. Wilson is definitely a Kindred Spirit!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 Mar 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Anne Shirley, a beloved character recognized worldwide for the past one hundred years, returns in this fantastic prequel.

Centered around Anne's life prior to her arrival in Avonlea, this book answers the questions of how the little red-headed orphan came to be herself.

Anne - with an e - had quite an upbringing in those early years, orphaned at three months of age and bounced around from home to home as free, live-in labor. So, how did she get that exquisite vocabulary and her love of all things beautiful? We thought it would always be a mystery, and so it may have been if not for Budge Wilson.

An award-winning Canadian author of many books for children and young adults, Wilson seems to have been the perfect choice to tell this tale. She managed to create a realistic backdrop using the many resources available about Anne's life, chiefly the eight books in L.M. Montgomery's renowned series, along with input from literary experts and historians.

It's hard to give oneself over to an Anne book not penned by Montgomery herself, but since Wilson has a unique and strong voice in her own right, and since most fans are eager for anything Anne-related, it doesn't take long to fall in love all over again with the perky little girl who has a ferocious appetite for life. I laughed, I cried, and I closed this book with a sense of satisfaction I haven't felt in a long time.

I can't help but feel that Budge Wilson is a kindred spirit.

Reviewed by: Julie M. Prince
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 15 Feb 2010
By Lecari
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this much more than I expected! The author has captured well the style and magic of the Green Gables series. I thought it'd be a little cliched and boring (especially as it's such a long book!) but even though you know what's going to happen in the end, it's still a great read. I loved reading about Anne's early years, despite all the hardship. I've always enjoyed these books as (even though she's fictional) Anne is an inspiration, and this makes me admire her even more. Despite everything, she still manages to come out positive and full of hope for life. I'm sure Lucy Montgomery would have approved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A clever prequel
Ironically I only found out about this when looking up that loathsome film 'Anne of Green Gables: A New Beggining' but no fan should be wary of this book because of it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
Everyone who loves Anne will love this book too. It's a shame it was over so quickly. Give it a whirl! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of Green Gables series
This book was not written by the Author of the Anne books,but it is a fantastic starter to the series, the problem for a lot of people is knowing the order the books should be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by angelmary
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I have read a few of the Anne of Green Gables books in the series, but had never come across this amazing book by Budge Wilson. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kitmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars before green gables:fantastic
i borrowed this book from my friend a while ago and didnt give it back for a long time because i loved it so much but after i gave it back i couldent find it anywhere but recently... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by Miss S. D. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars All is revealed!
My 8 year old grand-daughter loved the original Anne book and when she got to the end turned right to the beginning again! Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Chris Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the original
I love this book - so much, that I keep re-reading random parts of it daily. My only criticisms are of occasional poor copy editing throughout (punctuation - maybe this could be... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars a great experience!
Like many others I looked at this book rather doubtfully having loved Anne for more years than I care to remember!. Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by sheila wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Not LMM but still a nice story
I was sceptical when I started reading this, and unfortunately it took about 100 pages for me to really get into the story. After that, I really started to enjoy it. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2009 by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
I have been a fan of the Anne stories for as long as I can remember and couldn't believe my luck when a friend gave me Before Green Gables for Christmas this year. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2008 by Kathy xx
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