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Before Green Gables

Wilson, Budge

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Before Green Gables
An authorized prequel to L.M. Montgomery's classic series about the irrepressible red-haired orphan follows Anne's early years before her adoption by the Cuthberts.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, c2008
ISBN: 039915468X
Branch Call Number: WILSON B
Wilson, B
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942


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Sep 19, 2014
  • chaysim rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bit more adult than Anne of Green gables - I wouldn't let a little kid read it. A bit depressing - lots of sad buts as a lot of people die, deal with poverty, cruelty, etc. Also the author carefully put in the 3 sets of twins (but she wasn't with them quite as long as she should have been), croup, etc that are mentioned in the books, but it doesn't seem to match up. For example, why would Anne's teacher bring her ipecac? Why would she learn about bosom friends when she was three? She also seems unnaturally bright and capable when she is far too young. A lot of the book happens when she is 6, but she acts like she is 12.
Still, its well written and a good read.

Jul 21, 2012
  • GreenElephantGirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this book's GORGEOUS! It's not exactly L.M.Montgomery's style, but a lot of hard work's gone into this. 5 stars!!

Jul 10, 2012
  • SarahFlower rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

green gables series is the when this one came along i wasn't sure if it would be any good......BUT IT BETTER THEN GOOD!!!!!!!!!

Jun 11, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As beautiful and wonderful as it is heartbreaking, this authorized prequel is a must-read for all Anne fans. I would recommend reading it after the original series though to get the full picture and appreciate what's going on.

Feb 28, 2012

I loved this book. I hope that you are able to enjoy the book, understanding that it is not written by maud. Mauds children have okayed the book and it is a good read

Sep 19, 2011
  • graceling3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

absolutely amazing. I also read this before I read any of the other books in the green gables series, and this book galvanized me into reading the rest. the author's style really keeps you hooked; it is so tender and heart wrenching when you read some of Anne's misfortunes as a young girl. Some of the parts made me tear up; it was emotionally moving. Highly recommended!

Jul 08, 2010
  • MichaelaW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book after I had read most of the Anne of Green Gables series. When I read this, it gave me more understanding of what Anne was talking about, when she referred to her years "before Green Gables." Definitely a wonderful book!

Dec 14, 2009
  • skiier55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

BEAUTIFUL! I love it! You have to read this book before Anne of Green Gables- for sure!

Nov 09, 2009
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A worthy prequel to the Anne of Green Gables books!

Sep 24, 2009
  • acarroll rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had this on order before it was even published and then waited several weeks after I got it to actually read it. It just seemed so wrong to meddle with Anne. Well when I finally took the plunge I was so surprised. Wilson did a great job and I think this is as close to Maudes voice as we could possibly get. The tone and language arent exactly the same but she obviously took pains to make them match as much as she could. This story is a very superior prequal to Green Gables than the awful Sullivan Entertainment hack job.


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Mar 21, 2011
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Dec 14, 2009
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