Before Green Gables

Paperback | February 3, 2009

byBudge Wilson

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Before she arrived at Green Gables, Anne Shirley had a difficult early life. Orphaned as a baby, she is sent from one foster home to the next and escapes 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. Award-winning author Budge Wilson brings young Anne vibrantly to life in this fully authorized prequel to the much-loved Anne of Green Gables.

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Before she arrived at Green Gables, Anne Shirley had a difficult early life. Orphaned as a baby, she is sent from one foster home to the next and escapes 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 kind...

Budge Wilson has published twenty-nine books in more than ten countries and has won over twenty-five literary awards. Her book Friendships was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:February 3, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143055364

ISBN - 13:9780143055365

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought the author really captured Anne's personality This book tells the story of Anne Shirley before L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables books. AofGG starts when Anne is already 11 years old, and although we are given hints to her life before that, Budge Wilson has detailed that life for us. The book starts with Anne's parents before she was born, their deaths when Anne was only 3 months old, and Anne's life and all her hard work caring for all the Thomas's children, then the Hammonds' children (all those sets of twins!) when she was still a child herself, then her time at the orphanage before coming to PEI. I was really impressed with this book. I thought the author really captured Anne's personality. I was afraid she wouldn't be done justice, but I really liked this. I love Anne! I listened to the audio and thought the narrator did a very good job, as well. She also really captured Anne very well (and did a good job of the other characters and the narration, in general).
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading for True Fans I hesitated a long time before picking up 'Before Green Gables', as I tend to be suspicious of any sequel or prequel not written by the original author. However, I have to admit that Budge Wilson does an admirable job imagining the heartbreaking life of Anne Shirley before her arrival at Green Gables. The writing stays true to the spirit of LM Montgomery, and while it does not match that of the Anne series, it is reminiscent of the darker tones of Montgomery's later works. Wilson's characters sound true, and she portrays the good and the bad without falling into the trap of caricature. It is very obvious that this book was well researched, and I believe that it is an excellent homage to the work of a beloved Canadian author. To some extent, it is even better than some novels Montgomery published herself. I truly don't see how a devoted Anne fan can resist peeking inside her childhood, as told by Budge Wilson.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not able to like this one I had high hopes for this book, after all it was "fully authorized by the heirs of L.M. Montgomery". I can only imagine that these "heirs" have never read Anne of Green Gables. I really wanted to like this book (really I did!) and I really wanted to finish this book but I couldn't do either. The book is full of glaring inconsistencies, poor edits and plain old errors. For example page 37. "'How come Mrs. Gleeson hasn't been in to see you?' asked Joanna one Tuesday morning. 'She always turns up on Mondays..and it's three o'clock on Tuesday afternoon'" How did it go from morning to 3:00 p.m. in the space of five sentences? Did anyone bother to even proof read this book? One moment a character speaks with an educated voice, the next they sound like a bumpkin. The "school man" says that Anne MUST go to school the March she turns six but the following September no one notices that she's not in school. It just doesn't make sense. I FORCED myself to read through 2/3 of the book and then I just couldn't stomach it any more. I think Mrs. Montgomery is spinning in her grave!
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Addition to Anne's Life In 2008, I had the pleasure of becoming an Anne Fanatic. Having never read Anne of Green Gables as a child, I was charmed when I saw the display for the Centennial Celebration of Anne of Green Gables in my local bookstore. Anne of Green Gables turned 100 in 2008 and, to honour her, three new books were published. They included the following: Imagining Anne - The Island Scrapbooks of L. M. Montgomery collected are explained by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly and a prequel to the series written by Budge Wilson titled Before Green Gables that has been authorized by the heirs to the Montgomery estate. But the one that drew my attention first was a reprinting of the first edition of Anne of Green Gables. It is a replica of the original: it has the same pale green cover, the gold lettering and the picture of Anne on the front looking solemn. The inside of the book also has the same pictures and typographical errors as the original. All this was quite thrilling for a book nut like me, so I decided to treat myself. I bought a copy of Anne of Green Gables and Before Green Gables. I figured if I was going to read Anne of Green Gables, I wanted to see what happened before. You have you support Canadian literature somehow. Later that night, I opened Anne of Green Gables and was enchanted from the first page. Anne carried me away to Avonlea with her and I was charmed, delighted and overjoyed. I hadn´t read a book that sparkled so much in quite some time. Thus, I was not prepared to like the prequel Before Green Gables when I approached it. Having just finished Anne of Green Gables, Maud´s Anne was too fresh in my mind and I wondered whether or not I would even like it; I didn´t know if it would even come close to being as enjoyable as the original book. I was delighted to find out that it was. Very much so. While Before Green Gables is not told in Maud´s voice (who, after all, would be able to imitate her?) Before Green Gables has its own voice. That voice is strong. While it stays trued to the original series of Anne of Green Gables books, Before Green Gables is a wonderful telling of what Anne´s life was like before she meets Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Wilson effectively solves the mystery of Anne´s life before Green Gables and with style and talent. Though lacking in joy (Anne´s life before Green Gables was incredibly difficult) it is a wonderful, beautiful book that can stands on its own and adds it´s own story to the already rich written tapestry that is Anne Shirley´s life.
Date published: 2009-01-09