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The Story Girl (The Story Girl #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  7,457 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
In the old-fashioned town of Carlisle, children and adults come from miles around to hear Sara, the Story Girl, weave her spellbinding tales. Young readers will be enchanted by Sara's "Tale of the Family Ghost", "How Kissing Was Discovered", and many others.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Bantam (first published 1911)
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Maryse
Feb 01, 2010 Maryse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The young at hearts
Frankly, the only reason I wanted to read the book was because of the "Avonlea" series on TV. I was obsessed with that series and I think I cried when it ended. Childhood never looked so idyllic and magical as it did on the show -- the endearing innocence, the clumsy chaos and petty squabbles, the boundless imagination heightened by the panoramic, postcard quality landscape of PEI. It reminded me so much of my own childhood, enjoying the summer with my cousins, climbing hills and trees, explorin ...more
Naomi Sarah
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AHHHHH. THIS BOOOOOK. :-D *insert hearts*

I've read this book many times and yet it gives me this golden glow. Some things I find weird, but it's charming and I wish I lived with these kids on the apple farm. I love it so much. *strokes fondly over my kindle e-book which I got for free, yay*

What I love about it:

1. It's written by the One and Only Genius that is Lucy Maud Montgomery. NEVER will I tire of her style, dear people - it's sheeny and glorious and childish and I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WRIT
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Ashley Perham
Oct 13, 2014 Ashley Perham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-club
Yes, I loved it. It's probably my second-favorite LMM ever, after Rilla of Ingleside. I love ensemble casts, so obviously this was the book for me. I actually liked all of the kids, even though Felicity got on my nerves at times. I loved how they did kid stuff and thought like kids do, especially about Bible stuff. It was funny, although sad, to see their prayers about "unimportant" stuff. Especially Peter's against Felix. And Peter's sermon. Oh, oh, oh. I still laugh when I think about it! Ceci ...more
Janelle
I haven't read this since I was a teenager. When I reread a book from my childhood, I normally find I have forgotten large chunks of the story. But not in this case, so apparently I must have read The Story Girl many, many times in my youth. This was a very enjoyable reread, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
fragaria
Jul 22, 2010 fragaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
di buku ini tokoh utamanya tentu aja, sesuai judulnya, si gadis pendongeng yang bernama asli sara stanley. dia bisa dibilang paling unik di antara anak2 segengnya, soalnya gadis pendongeng ini jago sekali bercerita. setiap kisah yang dia ceritakan selalu terasa begitu hidup kalau disimak. maka buku ini pun berisi banyak cerita-cerita yang diceritakan gadis pendongeng. tentu saja semua ceritanya bagus dan aku sadar setiap cerita itu mengandung pelajaran tersendiri.

demikian pula dengan berbagai ha
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ABC
Mar 19, 2013 ABC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
Loved this book. I am not sure why it is not more famous.

The part in the middle where they write their dream books almost made me want to cry it was so bittersweet.

I can totally understand the children's feelings about the end of the world! In February, an asteroid whizzed right by the earth and made me as scared as they were! LOL

Montgomery tries to convince the reader that Sarah Stanley (the Story Girl) is the most interesting person in the book, but I thought it was definitely Peter. Felicity
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Mia Prasetya
Apr 30, 2010 Mia Prasetya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, betapa saya menyenangi karya L.M . Montgomery. Membaca buku karangan beliau, senantiasa mengingatkan saya akan betapa menyenangkannya masa jaman anak-anak dulu. Ceria, senantiasa bergembira ria, piknik di kebun belakang rumah.

Ah, masa lalu yang sangat indah. Tidak terinterupsi dengan yang namanya stress, tidak termanipulasi dengan yang namanya pikiran buruk. Di mana yang ada hanya tertawa, bercanda, paling paling stress dikit kalo menghafal perkalian.

3 bintang untuk cerita yang membuat saya
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Katie
There's always time for another re-read of a Montgomery novel.
Noe
May 27, 2015 Noe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: montgomery
This book is a story of a simpler, innocent time for youngsters. Published in 1911, it is about several cousins and friends in their pre- and early teens who are spending a year together on the family farm on Prince Edward Island. Being written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, I anticipated reading a beautiful heartwarming tale, but instead I was sadly disappointed.

I don’t know why the book was titled “The Story Girl” since the cousin who is referred to in this way, Sara Stanley, is no more prominent in
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Hope
Aug 15, 2016 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess, I was halfway through The Story Girl before it really grabbed me, but the more I read it, the more I grew attached to the characters. I appreciated their very honest, child-like opinions and their questions about faith and prayer. (Montgomery had a gift for imagining children's thoughts and words that rang true.) This was not the tacked-on religiosity of most Christian novels. These children were brought up in a time when respectable families attended church, and when the adults aroun ...more
Josephine
This one was just ok. Nothing special about it. Some points were downright annoying and I wondered why I even kept reading it. It has no real plot so there is nothing to look forward to to keep you reading. It's basically the story of some boys who go and stay with their cousins for the summer and all the fun things the kids do together. There was a prevailing theme of religious confusion through the book and that really bothered me. There was a couple chapters where the kids read in the newspap ...more
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
I love that my kids will listen to, and enjoy, a 100+ year old book. :) They had a few questions:
"Why is it bad to say devil?"
"Why can't they play on Sunday?"
"Why don't they like Methodists?"
I had to explain some things about early 1900s Christianity, but it never hurts to learn some history.
Anne OfGreenGables
Absolutely perfect. L.M. Montgomery is my hands-down favorite author, and this is her best book. I have read it at least ten times and counting. I love all of the characters, especially Cecily. My favorite part is the dream-book episode, when they all eat rich food so that they will have exciting dreams.
Doreen Petersen
Short, sweet, delightful story. I really liked it. Nice change of pace from my comfort genres.
Amy
Feb 16, 2017 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A sweet book but not one I particularly enjoyed. This was partially because of the version I was reading - A Quiet Vision Classic (I can't find it on Goodreads) It is horribly ugly and is badly printed.
Otherwise, the story was somewhat boring and I never quite felt attached to these children and their idyllic childhood. I would be curious to see how they all ended up, though!
Ria
Butuh perjuangan panjang untuk menyelesaikan satu buku. Tapi, setidaknya mencoba dan memanfaatkan waktu daripada tidak sama sekali kan ? ;)

Bicara soal masa kecil, tentu saja menarik ingatan saya jauh kebelakang mengenang semua masa-masa yang menyenangkan sebagai seorang anak kecil; di besarkan oleh cerita, dongeng dan kisah-kisah keluarga yang tanpa saya sadari selalu hidup dalam hati dan ingatan. Begitu juga saat membaca kisah ini. Well, sehabis menutup buku ini, saya sedih karena ceritanya ha
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Alantie
Jun 08, 2011 Alantie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike Montomgery's Anne series, The Story Girl sadly gets little to no attention, which is a horrible shame as it's very wonderfully written and on par with Anne of Green Gables as far as exploring childhood. It's also one of my favorite books, and it always irks me that it receives practically no recognition from Montgomery fans.

The premise of the book is fairly simple. It is narrated from the view of a boy named Bev King looking back on his childhood. Bev and his brother Felix are sent to liv
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Tarissa
Jan 01, 2013 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story Girl is a beautifully-written classic. A perfect piece of literature that could be enjoyed by anyone, young or old. Beverley and Felix (two brothers) get to visit their father's childhood home on Prince Edward Island. They meet up with the rest of the 'clan' living there, including several cousins and friends their own age, that they get to while away the summer with. The passing days include playful fancies, raucous romps, and poetic tales (as narrated by their cousin Sara Stanley, th ...more
Rachael Eyre
If I had to choose a book to live in, The Story Girl (and its sequel The Golden Road) would be it. Yes, it's naturally entrenched in the values system of over a century ago, where women were expected to mind the hearth and the main recreation was going to church, but Prince Edward Island seems such an idyllic place to grow up.

I've yet to meet a better realised, more likable bunch of kids than the little band of the story. While the Story Girl would be considered a Mary Sue nowadays- "not pretty
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Elinor  Loredan
Jun 12, 2011 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For what The Story Girl is, I love it. I love the camaraderie, the joys of youth, and all the religious misconceptions and misadventures. In fact, a good portion of the book is about the religious myths the children are subject to.

For what The Story Girl promises to be, it's a little disappointing. The title bears her name, the summary on the back cover gives the impression that the book will mainly be concerned with her stories and the fascination of her personality. But there are not that man
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Rosalba
Dec 26, 2015 Rosalba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lm-montgomery
I think I started this book with the wrong set of expectations. I wanted it to be another Anne of Green Gables or Emily of New Moon, but this book is clearly lighter fare. However, because I kept expecting it to be a coming of age story, and not the moment-in-time kind of tale it was, I began to feel dissapointment. Only when I finally realized ( more than halfway through the book) what Montgomery's intent was with this one, I managed to truly enjoy what I read. While the Story Girl is definitel ...more
LemonLinda
May 26, 2013 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that Montgomery called her favorite. I guess that is because Sara Stanley, the Story Girl, was so much like Montgomery herself. The Story Girl has the gift of breathing life into a story filling it with suspense and excitement much as Montgomery did to her books.

Bev and Felix are two young boys who move in with their aunt and uncle as their father is sent overseas with his company and their mother is deceased. The story is told from Bev's viewpoint and is filled with the adventu
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Amalie
This book is about Sara Stanley's stories that she tells to others. They are really about her cousins and friends as they live out their early teen years.

Sara, the Story Girl, lives in Carlisle, with her cousins and the hired boy Peter. The story is told from the perspective of Beverly King (a boy), who has moved to Carlisle with his pudgy brother Felix, while their widowed father is working in a foreign land, Beverly and Felix become enchanted with their new life, hanging out with The Story Gi
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Macklin
This is my favourite book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I love the Story Girl. She has an air of mystery about her which is apparent, for the story is told from the perspective of an admiring cousin, Bev. I think the Story Girl is fairylike. Unreal and magical. Wrapping her cousins in stories and spellbinding everyone with her voice. She is fascinating. I read that this was Montgomery's favourite of her books. Reading it I can see why. She writes like is having fun with her characters and setting (PE ...more
Kerith
Jul 28, 2015 Kerith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know Anne, you know Emily, you might know Pat & Marigold & Jane, and you have probably watched a TV show called Road to Avonlea. Don't miss The Story Girl, a gorgeously woven paean to childhood and friendship. Sara Stanley is the title's heroine, but she is no more important than the other children in the book. You'll look back and wonder if childhood could every really be that way, and hope that it could. This is a true delight to read, especially if you enjoyed Montgomery's more we ...more
Lori
Sep 08, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charming read from L.M. Montgomery. When we were visiting Prince Edward Island this past June, several of the museum docents told us that this was Montgomery's favorite book. I loved the sense of friendship between these cousins and their friends, as well as the adults in their lives. The Story Girl is a talented young girl whose voice and sense of drama keeps everyone entertained throughout their summer adventures. She uses her gift to comfort, encourage, frighten, and console. The is a ...more
Duane
What a wonderful story teller L.M. Montgomery was. So wholesome, lighthearted, loveable, but very subtle in the presentation, not overly sweet. You don't become attached to her characters, you fall in love with them. I have read all of the Anne books (wonderful), and a few of her other novels and a volume of her short stories. I still have the Emily books to look forward to and many more short stories. Children everywhere should have the opportunity to read Montgomery's work and of course any ad ...more
Theresa
I absolutely loved this book. I truly may love it more than Anne of Green Gables. I went into it not expecting much, and got a truly wonderful story.

I fell in love with all of the children, but Story Girl the most.

I got really anxious when Peter came down with the measles because I was afraid she would kill him off, but it had a happy ending.

I can't wait to start The Golden Road!
Kate McKinstry
Aug 02, 2011 Kate McKinstry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L.M. Montgomery truly shone when writing books from the perspective of children. This is one of the only ones I can think of that that she wrote from a little boy's point of view, and it's absolutely wonderful. The relationship of the children to each other, how they interact with adults, and mostly how they interact with the setting of the farm and the orchard makes for a wonderful read.
Shelley
Dec 12, 2011 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really a wonderful book. The story spans a Summer and Fall where a group of cousins and friends spend time together getting into all sorts of mischief and learning life lessons. The sequel to this book is The Golden Road.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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“There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” 565 likes
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