I just finished re-reading Anne of Green Gables. I simply love Anne. I found the book in my box of books that I last read when I was still schooling.
The Cuthbert brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla wanted to adopt a boy, but after a girl was mistakenly sent instead; they decided to adopt her and grew to love her. Anne (spelled with an e) Shirley was 11, a red-headed girl, extremely talkative (her average conversation sometimes can be a couple pages long) and highly imaginative always getting herself into all kinds of blunder. She hated her red hair, and once accidentally dyed it green after buying a hair dye from a peddler who promised it would turn her hair into a lovely raven black.
The story started with how Anne initially arrived at Green Gables; continuing with her schooling years; the friends she made (Anne accidentally set her best friend, Diana drunk once), her rivalry with a boy, Gilbert at school, (Anne broke her slate on Gilbert’s head after calling her ‘Carrots’, and ignored him ever since) until she completed her studies earning a scholarship to College.
She postponed her College hopes however (and sacrificed her scholarship) when Matthew passed away, to accompany Marilla and to stop Marilla from having to sell of Green Gables. Anne ended up making peace with Gilbert too after Gilbert (who was supposed to teach at the town school) gave it up for Anne’s benefit.
Anne’s story continued in another 7 books of the series, until her children grew up. I loved the story so much that I bought most of the series. The full set of 8 Anne books are listed below;
1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Anne of Avonlea
3. Anne of the Island
4. Anne of Windy Willows
5. Anne’s House of Dreams
6. Anne of Ingleside
7. Rainbow Valley
8. Rilla of Ingleside
Anne of Green Gables e-text is available online at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/45
Anne was also made into made for tv films with Megan Follows as Anne Shirley. More details on the films at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_film_series and fan site http://greengables.tripod.com/