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The Story Girl

(The Story Girl #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,920 ratings  ·  463 reviews
The definitive paperback editions of L.M. Montgomery's beloved novels get a brand-new look for the next hundred years!

Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. And when Bev King and his younger brother Felix
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Tundra Books (NY) (first published 1911)
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Personally and because I have always very much loved episodical and "in-the-moment" historical fiction types of tales, I for one can easily both understand and also appreciate how and why The Story Girl and its sequel The Golden Road were supposedly amongst L.M. Montgomery's own very favourites of her many works of fiction. And even though The Story Girl might well for some if not perhaps even for many readers not be entirely on par with in particular the author's Anne of Green Gables and Emily ...more
Feb 01, 2010 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, ...more
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
In the Story Girl and the Golden Road, LM Montgomery takes us to a lovely place indeed- her descriptions of Prince Edward Island make the reader want to be there, the tales the Story Girl tells us are charming as is the Story Girl herself, and as beautiful is that childhood that the book takes us to- at a time when children were perhaps more innocent than today but pleasures simpler and definitely much more fun.
(review date: early 2015)
Ashley Perham
Oct 13, 2014 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! ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have just finished and my inner child really liked it. I felt like I was friends with these children. I saw SG bring the characters of the stories to life*; I had all these thrills, sorrows, joys, & adventures; I tried together with them to figure out our own interpretations of all that the adults were telling us.

I have always liked episodic little adventures and warm family stories... this reminds me of a few others of my favorites, The Golden Name Day, Thimble Summer, and Roller Skates.
Mar 19, 2013 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
Hannah Joy  S.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, owned-books
A truly lovely book that captures the magic of childhood!
Selah Pike
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
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.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Montgomery Fans / Readers Who Enjoy Engaging Family Stories
L.M. Montgomery was one of the reading staples of my early adolescence, and I tore through every book I could find by her. Although nothing could ever supplant the "Anne" books as my favorites, I loved all her novels, and returned to them many times. When I started a Montgomery group on another website, I decided to re-read her entire oeuvre, and began with The Story Girl.

Episodic in structure, the book relates the adventures of a group of cousins and friends one summer on Prince Edward Island.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I really liked it. It's not my favourite Montgomery. I can see why it's not one of the mroe popular ones, but I really liked it. It's Montgomery writing about a group of eight children and being charming about it. Not all of the children are equally well developped, but they are all fun.

Oddly enough, the narrator (a male, another Montgomery rarity) is one of the lesser developped characters in many ways. The story is mostly about Sarah Stanley, the Story girl. And also her cousins Felicity and
May 27, 2015 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
Jun 08, 2011 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
Dec 26, 2015 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 ...more
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.
There's always time for another re-read of a Montgomery novel.
Tukunjil Nayeera
Montgomery's writing was enchanting as always, however, plot wasn’t upto mark for me.
Jan 01, 2013 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, ...more
Aug 15, 2016 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 ...more
Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.

One of Montgomery's more unknown books about a group on children that spends a carefree summer on Prince Edward Island with a girl who tells stories so vividly, that they feel like reality. A book filled with Montgomery's trademark charm and incredible understanding of childhood. Idyllic, fun and optimistic. Always optimistic.

More than anything, this feels more like a short story collection than a novel. Each chapter entails some sort
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 ...more
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.
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
May 26, 2013 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
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
Doreen Petersen
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
Short, sweet, delightful story. I really liked it. Nice change of pace from my comfort genres.
Nov 12, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Recommended to Rachel by: Rebecca
Some time ago, a friend told me that I should check out this book because of how much I adored Anne of Green Gables. It took me a while or more like a year and a couple of months, give or take before I finally got around to it and I'm sorry to say that I'm a little disappointed.

That's not to say that The Story Girl was bad or anything, though. I thought it was just okay, maybe just not quite my tea. I liked some of the stories told by the Story Girl, who does in some way, remind me of Anne. I
Kasia Proce
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a cute little novel.

I feel mislead by the synopsis of the book, detailing how children and grownups come from far and wide come to hear The Story Girl's stories. I assumed this book to have a more mystical feel to it, I did not expect The Story Girl to be related to the other children, I thought she was some travelling creature with cool stories to tell.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading about youngin's and their journey through life, hardships, overcoming innocence, etc. It felt very personal
Michael Fitzgerald
A disappointment. There is very little real story - just a bunch of episodes - and the Story Girl herself doesn't impress with her all-too-brief tales. I felt there were too many like-aged children (none of whom made much of an impression) and too many juvenile theology discussions based in ignorance, misunderstanding, and confusion. Montgomery's pet topics of class disparity and Christian denominations are better handled in her other works.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, the Story Girl was right. 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.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Listened to the audio book--an enjoyable time ! A great favorite book from my childhood and highly recommended!!
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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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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” 907 likes
“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.” 654 likes
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