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Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrator:  John Mantha 
For ages 6 to 8
Kids Can Press, 2008   ISBN: 978-1554530564

When Lucy Maud Montgomery was just two years old, her mother died. Maud's father had to move away from Prince Edward Island for work, and Maud went to live with her very strict grandparents. Feeling lonely and friendless, Maud began to write stories and poems, and when she was sixteen one of her poems was published in a newspaper.

Soon Maud's writings were being published by a number of publications. Even after she left home to become a teacher, Maud kept on writing. She also kept on writing when she had to leave her job to keep house for her widowed grandmother. After writing poems and short stories for many years, Maud decided that she wanted to try writing a book. Looking through an old notebook full of ideas and poems, Maud came across a story idea that intrigued her. The story was about an older couple who were interested in adopting a boy to help  them with the chores on their farm. The couple ended up with a girl by mistake. When she found this promising story idea,  Maude got to work and she decided to call her girl character Anne, and her book Anne of Green Gables. The tale about the little girl who was adopted by mistake went on to become a classic.

This Kids Can Read title will not only help novice readers to improve their reading skills, but it will also give them an excellent picture of the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose books have delighted many generations of children and adults.