Hello! This guide is for young readers of the Taylorsville Public Library looking to discover more about L.M. Montgomery, the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables and many other wonderful stories! Whether you're an avid Montgomery fan, or just looking to explore new ideas for things to read or watch, we hope you'll enjoy perusing this guide. Please feel free to vote on a favorite Montgomery character, leave a note with recommendations for additional readings, or just comments on your experience with us.
As a small community library, not all of the works mentioned in this guide are currently available at this location, but most of the books we mention in this guide are either available locally or through our inter-library loan system.
As Montgomery says, "Kindred spirits alone do not change with the changing years." (Anne of the Island) We're glad that our favorite books don't change either, and that they make such constant, reliable friends!
Anne of Green Gables series
This series includes 8 works:
1. Anne of Green Gables (1908)
2. Anne of Avonlea (1909)
3. Anne of the Island (1915)
4. Anne of Windy Poplars (1936)
5. Anne's House of Dreams (1917)
6. Anne of Ingleside (1939)
7. Rainbow Valley (1919)
8. Rilla of Ingleside (1921)
The series follows the story of a fiesty, imaginative, impetuous red-haired orphan girl named Anne who is unexpectedly adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, to be raised on Prince Edward Island.
Emily of New Moon series
This series consists of three books:
1. Emily of New Moon (1923)
2. Emily Climbs (1925)
3. Emily's Quest (1927)
Like Anne of Green Gables, this series follows the story of an orphan girl being raised on Prince Edward Island. Unlike Anne, Emily is dark-haired and with a more serious personality.
Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)
This book tells the story of a young woman who's locked away from the world and can't speak, instead communicating through writing and playing the violin. Until one day when a stranger appears, changing Kilmeny's life in unexpected ways.
Pat of Silver Bush (1933) & Mistress Pat (1935)
These two books follow Pat, another heroine of Prince Edward Island, but a quieter one than Anne. She lives at Silver Bush, a home she loves, and doesn't want her life to change! But life goes on, and these stories follow Pat from childhood to the decisions of adulthood.
The Story Girl (1911) & The Golden Road (1913)
These stories follow Sarah Ray and her friends and cousins on the adventures and misadventures of childhood and young adulthood on Prince Edward Island.
The Blue Castle (1926)
When Valancy Gordon, the spinster niece of a very strict family, finds out that she only has a year left to live, she realizes that she wants to live her last year to the fullest.
Magic for Marigold (1929)
This book is about a little girl with a bold name - a name that came from the doctor who saved her life. This is a whimsical and beautiful story about being a child and beginning to grow up.
A Tangled Web (1931)
Rather than focusing on young characters, this story is centered around the drama of two Prince Edward Island families: the Dark family and the Penhallow family. Everyone is desperate to receive Great-aunt Becky's treasured heirloom jug - but she's keeping it a secret, to be read a year after the rest of her will!
Jane of Lantern Hill (1937)
Jane has been raised in Toronto, Canada by her mother - until she discovers that her father is alive and living on Prince Edward Island, where she is invited to spend the summer and experience the magic of a very different home than she's had before!
Chronicles of Avonlea (1912)
This book tells twelve stories of Avonlea, around the time of Anne Shirley (she does appear as a character!) on Prince Edward Island.
Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)
A sequel to Chronicles of Avonlea, this work tells more stories of Avonlea and the humorous, unexpected, romantic, and family adventures that occur on Prince Edward Island!
The Watchman and Other Poems (1916)
This book is a collection of poetry by L.M. Montgomery, published when the author was in her early 40s.
Courageous Women (1934), written with Marian Keith and Mabel Burns McKinley
This work tells the stories of various heroic and admirable women from history who made a difference in the world, including Queen Victoria, Helen Keller, Florence Nightingale, and Joan of Arc.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 on Prince Edward Island, Canada. She was raised by her maternal grandparents and although she had many relatives nearby, her childhood was missing friends and she daydreamed about the friends she wished she had, much like Anne in Anne of Green Gables. She began writing when she was very young. Montgomery attended Prince of Wales College in 1893 and (again, like Anne Shirley!) completed her teacher's license in one year (although it normally took two). She also studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 1895-1896. She deeply loved living on Prince Edward Island.
Montgomery published short works for several years after finishing her education, besides teaching in three different schools, and published her first book, Anne of Green Gables, in 1908. It was an immediate success and Montgomery's writing career was officially and successfully established!
She was married in 1911 to a Presbyterian minister named Ewen Macdonald and the two had three sons, Chester, Hugh, and Stuart.
Montgomery died in 1942, but she lives on through her characters and the readers whose lives she has changed and continues to change!