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Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)

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One of the most beloved books of all time, with an introduction by Jennifer L. Holm.

Anne of Green Gables is all grown up--almost. At sixteen, Anne has transformed from student to teacher, and she's the new big sister to seven-year-old twins, quiet Dora and mischievous Davy. A grumpy new neighbor has moved next door, and Anne's best friend, Diana, is falling in love.
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1909)
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Rachel
I was more enchanted by this book the first time I read it. More recently, I was put off by the description of the pair of twins Anne and Marilla adopt: Davy and Dora.

Davy is a handful, asking impossible questions, getting into trouble and so forth. Dora is quiet and well-behaved. Anne and Marilla love Davy more (by their own words). The idea is repeated three or four times. Good little Dora is respectable, obedient, predictable and boring; she just doesn't need as much attention and direction a...more
Nicole
"In the twilight Anne sauntered down to the Dryad's Bubble and saw Gilbert Blythe coming down through the dusky Haunted Wood. She had a sudden realization that Gilbert was a schoolboy no longer. And how manly he looked—the tall, frank-faced fellow, with the clear, straightforward eyes and the broad shoulders. Anne thought Gilbert was a very handsome lad, even though he didn't look at all like her ideal man. She and Diana had long ago decided what kind of a man they admired and their tastes seeme...more
Jo
"Don't you know that it is only very foolish folk who talk sense all the time?"


Another Series of Letters.

Manchester,
A woman picked a leaf out of my hair on the bus today (true story… it's very windy and I don’t brush my hair there are a lot of trees near me). Also, I’m pretty sure One Direction (and their fan girls) were on the same bus this morning. (Brits… you’ll understand my pain. Everyone else, you don’t want to know...I promise you.)
Also, the postman didn’t knock on the door and just sh...more
Gundula
I spent about a month rereading Anne of Avonlea for our "Kindred Spirits" May 2010 group read, and I am debating wether to re-rate the novel and give it a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. I think that I will (at least for the time being) keep the 4 star rating, as the story is still very much a personal favourite for me, although if It were possible to give it a 3.5 star rating, I would do so (but I doubt GR will ever relent and allow half stars).

I remember liking this story immensely w...more
Susann
When I began my re-read of this, I thought that I would end up giving it 3 stars. In my memory, the book was a string of episodes with a much too poetically precocious Paul. But Montgomery brings meaning to these episodes and shows how Anne grows and how Avonlea changes during Anne's two years as schoolmarm. Paul is still too much for my tastes and I do wish Montgomery had given Dora *some* personality. I'm sure she wanted to contrast her against Davy, but that doesn't meant that poor Dora has t...more
Lora
Feb 04, 2012 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed the first two books
Recommended to Lora by: Jo
Shelves: classics, lib-read
When I was younger, my mother and I would watch reruns of Dennis the Menace. Truth be told, the only enjoyment I got out of these sessions was spending time with my mother. You see, Dennis was, to me, exactly what the title proclaims him to be: a menace. Since I was very young I've had a strong aversion to any one who causes trouble for others or keeps getting into scrapes, be they intentional or not.
As anyone who's read Anne's first installment can imagine, this made it a bit difficult for me t...more
Kim

I came to this second installment in the Anne of Green Gables series with no clear memory of having read it as a child, although I'm fairly sure that I did. This means that I lack the strong emotional attachment to the book and to the series as a whole which I know is felt by many readers.

When I recently listened to the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables for the first time since my childhood, I felt engaged by the characters and by the setting. I especially responded to Marilla as she came to re...more
Elizabeth
My ten-year old and I just finished Anne of Avonlea tonight. I asked her if she preferred it to Green Gables. She couldn't decide. While I love this book, Green Gables still has my heart. I have to admit to crying a few times during this one. I tried to explain to my daughter that it's the sweetness that gets to me. I mean sweetness in the best way, no saccharine at all. I can't help wish that this world was a little more like Anne's world.
Melissa
Apr 25, 2009 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Anne of Green Gables
Shelves: childrens, 2009
I enjoyed Anne of Avonlea but I did not find it as engaging as Anne of Green Gables. Here's why.

Anne of Green Gables gave the reader lots to look forward to. Will Marilla let Anne stay? When will Anne meet Diana? Will she ever forgive Gilbert?

While reading Anne of Avonlea, I didn't find myself asking any such questions or looking forward to anything. The book didn't seem to be leading up to anything as far as Anne was concerned. It read more like a series of situations involving Anne while the...more
Sarah
I'm re-reading the Anne series at the moment, even though I've read them all many MANY times before. I know lots of people who think it's odd to read the same book multiple times, but for me there are some books I just never get sick of, and I find it immensely soothing to read something that is completely predictable and familiar.

Anyway that said this has always been my LEAST favourite of the series and a bit of a chore to plough through in order to get to Anne of the Island and then Anne of Wi...more
Savanna
Anne of Avonlea has nearly all the strengths I described in my review of Anne of Green Gables—which is to say that its characters are richly developed, its setting powerfully immersive, the plot engaging, and Montgomery's writing style truly gifted. It also continues to portray strong, diverse, independent women and sympathetically eccentric characters.

This second novel of the Anne series, however, wasn't quite as brilliant as the first. It's simply too cheerful, and it lacks the sorrowful elem...more
Marie
This isn't as good as the first, in my opinion. I was hoping for more interaction with Anne and Gilbert. Though they are both members of the Avonlea Village Improvement Society, the two of them actually do not have many scenes together since he teaches at a school that is further away and is only home on weekends (I think?) and during summer break.

The addition of the troublemaking orphan Davy to the story nearly ruined this book for me. He has a twin sister named Dora who is a total angel, but A...more
Sylvia
Feb 19, 2009 Sylvia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roos, Mia, Erie, Dini
Fiuh... baru kali ini baca buku kayak ngejer setoran. Udah sekian lama seri Anne of Green Gables ini menghiasi rak, tapi sekali pun nggak minat buat menyentuhnya. Ntar aja ah, ntar aja ah. Sampe akhirnya bulan kemaren baca bareng gerombolan dan ku akui, ku jatuh cinta.. huu huu.

Buku kedua ini mengangkat kisah hidup Anne dari umur 16 tahun hingga 18 tahun. Anne yang lincah dan ceria kini agak kalem dan lebih bisa mengendalikan emosi. Awalnya sih sedih ya, secara Anne yang di buku pertama tuh nge-...more
Becky
Montgomery, L.M. 1909. Anne of Avonlea.

Anne of Avonlea is the second book in the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. Anne has graduated from Queens now, and is ready to begin her teaching career. She'll be teaching at the Avonlea school. She is still quite chummy with Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe. And she is almost (but not quite) just as prone to getting into trouble as she ever was.

This second book adds some great characters: Mr. Harrison, the cranky neighbor with a parrot; Davy and Dora, the tw...more
Jade
It is such a gift to read another book from the Anne of Green Gables, series by L.M. Montgomery, and it did not surprise me that Anne of Avonlea would be satisfying like the first. In these pages you'll find more amusing mischief, complete with cows and a parrot, along with heart-warming passages and dreamy imagery. The characters I really enjoyed in this one were sweet Paul Irving along with devilish Davy, and how can I forget Miss Lavender? That particular story thread of friendship was my f...more
Allison
More wonderful Anne. This book was full of quotes I liked (and just as an aside, it is SO easy to highlight lines I like on the kindle...ok, commercial for kindle over):
"A fellow has to fight something all through life...didn't somebody once define man as a fighting animal?"
"It does people good to have to do things they don't like.....in moderation."
"You're never safe from being surprised till you're dead."
"no child should be cooped up in the four walls of a school until it was seven years old"...more
Heather
There is no way my words will do justice trying to express how I feel about this series. These books are the ultimate feel good, comfort books! No other story or characters have ever warmed my heart the way that these do. I feel so incredibly happy when I'm lost in Anne's world and wish I could somehow transport myself into the story and live in it and be a part of it!

I would love to list all my favorite parts of the story, but don't want to give away any spoilers. I was so pleasantly surprised...more
Loo
Anne of Avonlea explores the life of sweet Anne as a seventeen-year-old, teaching the children at her local school. She encounters a series of hilarious and hard events as she attempts to win over the reluctant Anthony Pye, secure the students’ love, and cope with the twins adopted into her household. This is a darling tale full to the brim with the hilarity and sweetness of children. The book eventually focuses on Anne, Paul Irving, and Miss Lavender. These three, proclaimed “kindred spirits,”...more
Kathleen
Updated review, 12-12-2013. Having now read the entire Anne of Green Gables series, I summarize each book below.

My rating for the Anne of GG series:
Anne of Green Gables -- 5 stars (Spunky, lonely, orphan Anne, with a heart the size of Canada and imagination to match, is adopted by Matthew and Marilla at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Canada). This first book spans Anne's adolescence, from 11-16. She meets Gilbert Blythe, cracking a slate over his head when he calls her "...more
Tilia
I just reread this favorite after a many-years' hiatus, and I have to admit that at least one of the stars in the review got there by nostalgia. Although the book is enjoyable and in places nothing short of lovely, it has definite weaknesses.

One such weakness is the author's penchant for saccharine. Often Anne will fall into a goopy reverie and the narrator's voice will provide a suitably wry counterpoint; but at other times the narrator and the protagonist join forces in ruminations that leave...more
Jalyn
So, Anne Shirley has grown up. From the skinny, freckled redhead that I loved so much when I was eleven (in cartoons), now at sixteen, would be teaching at Avonlea School. Anne has a lot of ideals and she wants to pass them to her students not knowing that later on, she too, would learn a lot from those restless young pupils. She would also realize that the gate of childhood is slowly closing and the next adventure in the face of womanhood is waiting. As always, Anne Shirley never failed to deli...more
Chrissy
I loved this book so much. I cannot believe how much they changed for the movie. The book was so much better. I liked how unaware Anne was in the Movie I always thought she was portrayed as toying with Gilbert, but in the book she is just truly oblivious of her feelings. I also appreciated that Gilbert never even thought of anyone else, call me a romantic, but the fact that he never even tried to love anyone else is just beautiful!
Bobbie
Oh Anne, I have no words for how much I love you. This book followed Anne's struggles and trials as a sixteen year old school teacher. I didn't think it was possible to love her more then I already did, but even after reading this book again and again I still fall in love with Anne-with-an-E all over again.
Sarah
From my friend Rebecca: "I thought you might be in need of some Anne."

Update: Detracting a star for poor Dora's sake. And Paul needs to stop saying, "my little mother." Just how little was this woman?

But such a lovely place to visit! I needed a book full of flowers this week.
Eman Al-Khaldi
One of the reasons why I read Anne of Avonlea was my anticipation of the relationship between Anne and Gilbert to take a new level and get a little spiced up after their truce in Anne of Green Gables. However, I was let down. There still was denial in both sides. They hardy interacted with each other, and when they did, they often had company with them which gave them no room to express their feelings freely if they wanted to.

Also what bugged me is the author's take on Davy and Dora; the twins...more
Наталія
нмд, книга дещо програє перед першим томиком про Енн. програє значною мірою тому, що Монтгомері в багатьох моментах повторює себе саму - нам відкривається панорама ситуацій в дечому схожих на попередні, з книги першої. як і раніше в основі сюжету вервечка помилок, випадковостей і на перший погляд невмисних збігів в житті героїні. проте, негативне так швидко перекодовується у позитивне, що назвати це бодай якимось конфліктами не випадає. тут просто немає ні суперечностей між героями, ні інтриги....more
Laura
I love this series. Anne can make you see the good in everything. A simple, gentle read. Like watching a black-and-white movie from a simpler time.
Kelly
Un libro perfecto <3 Me encanta como vemos que Anna va pasando de niña a toda una señorita. :3 Y los nuevos personajes me encantaron.
Shannon
Once I finished Anne of Green Gables, I immediately grabbed an ebook copy of the sequel. It was another lovely read, though I didn't like it quite as much as the first.

The way Dora is pushed aside a bit was a little sad; sure she wouldn't be as interesting as the lively Davy to read about, but why write her at all if she's just going to be pushed into the background, poor girl.

Other than that, the story was fine. As usual in books from certain time periods, there are certain views and ideas exp...more
Sara
Anne of Avonlea is a crowd pleaser. This delightful story continues our love for Anne Shirley, Marilla Cuthbert and the cast of characters in Avonlea. Mr. Harrison is a delightful addition. Davy is a riot while Dora is... as Marilla fears... just predictably good.

Sadly, for me, this text lost some of the luster of the first. Anne's character continues to shine but there are just so many other characters to follow, few of whom really feel developed, that I just did not have the same emotional in...more
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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.

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