Ever wonder what happened before the unforgettable day when Matthew Cuthbert drove Anne to Green Gables? In this delightful authorized "prequel," you'll follow Anne through her difficult early years as she's sent from one foster home to the next, searching for "kindred spirits" and dreaming of the day she'll have a family of her own. 400 pages, softcover from Berkley.
This prequel to Anne of Green Gables "takes on a rich, real life of its own...I was rapt." (Washington Post)
For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat; the account of how one of literature's most beloved heroines became the girl who captivated the world.
Budge Wilson is the author of the acclaimed book The Leaving, a short story collection chosen by the American Library Association as one of the 75 Best Children's Books of the past twenty-five years, winner of the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A Nova Scotia native and resident, Ms. Wilson has worked as a teacher, commercial artist, photographer, and fitness instructor, but now occupies her time with her true love, writing.
"Profound ideas, persuasively fleshed out. L.M. Montgomery would surely have approved."
"Good news for those who love the feisty, imaginative heroine of Anne of Green Gables. If the half-dozen or so books by Lucy Maud Montgomery aren't enough, readers now can step back in time to learn about Anne's early years...Anne has many adventures in this briskly plotted novel."
"Wilson makes Anne Shirley speak like Montgomery's Anne Shirley and even provides a credible scenario to show how a backwoods girl with little education managed to acquire the vast, precocious vocabulary that has endeared Anne to many readers."
-Edmonton Journal (Alberta, Canada)
"Wilson cleverly and adroitly portrays the essence of Montgomery's famous red-headed orphan."