Absoutely loved this book and her life before Green Gables as told by this author was exactly how I pictured it. She is still the same Anne (spelled with an e) we all know and love from the later novels/movies. Also very heart warming because even though she has a lot of people she can't count on growing up, there are several in the town that she learns to trust and depend on. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of the original books/movies.
Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com
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.
i really loved this book. as a HUGE fan of Anne of Green Gables, i was impressed that the author stuck close to the details given in the original books by LM Montgomery when writing this book so it seemed like it really could have been the first part of Anne's life.
Oh, what a delightful book! This prequel was very well done! I absolutely adored it! And though I haven't read _Anne of Green Gables_ since, well, probably grade school, it has made me want to read it again - immediately! And I really want to watch the PBS movies again, too! I am really looking forward to lending this book to my mother, since she first introduced the world of Avonlea to me. I am quite certain that she will love it just as much as I did! It is a tricky thing to add on to a piece of classic literature and this was simply wonderfully executed!
If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, then you will love this book. A wonderful beginning to an amazing series.... for young and old "Bosom friends".