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Anne of Avonlea

(Anne of Green Gables #2)

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At sixteen, Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her ch ...more
Paperback, Special Collector's Edition, 304 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 14th 1909)
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Erin Davey is the WORST. Like, Cousin Oliver if Cousin Oliver were a nihilist sociopath. Anne and Marilla's "We love him the most, sorry Dora!" is either e…moreDavey is the WORST. Like, Cousin Oliver if Cousin Oliver were a nihilist sociopath. Anne and Marilla's "We love him the most, sorry Dora!" is either efficient gaslighting on his part or internalized misogyny on theirs. (less)

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Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Miranda Reads
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Why did Anne have to grow up so fast?

The first book was fabulous! Lots of fun mischief but the second has her at 16 already! Where did those four years go? Laura Ingalls Wilder didn't skimp out on the childhood.

I enjoyed this book - seeing Anne blossom into a young school teacher (aside: Totally not fair that everyone get such great jobs out of high school?? Same with Laura Ingalls Wilder. They just handed out jobs to anyone who would take them!)

A pet peeve of mine was really played upon. A
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great continuation of her story and I love seeing Anne and her friends start to become adults while still keeping their fantastic personalities.
Gilbert is also my fave forever especially because he is WAITING FOR HER without expecting anything beyond friendship - though he is still hopeful, he's more concerned about being a man worthy of her while being her friend, not convincing her he's a "nice guy".
I picked up a book I had no intention of reading on a whim and discovered one of my new favorite series.

This must be positive karma for an immensely lovely deed I did in a past life. (It couldn’t have been this life, because I spend most of my time reading and eating cookies, and while I’d count both of those as immensely lovely activities I don’t know if I can unbiasedly say they’re really contributing to the greater good.)

I did not own this book when I finished the first one, an evil I had to
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
It's almost worse now that Anne and Gilbert are actually friends. *rubs fist over heart*



I will persevere!


This was exactly what I needed . . . the long soak in a hot tub, the breath of fresh air, the perfect antidote to the hatred and venom spewed by the racist, rabid yam currently running for President. Yes, after a week of watching a 70-year-old toddler throw daily tantrums, it was so refreshing to pick up this book and escape to a world where you could stumble upon a stranger's house and be invited in for tea.

This volume concentrates on Anne's two years spent teaching. There are good days a
"I’d like to add some beauty to life. I don’t exactly want to make people know more… though I know that is the noblest ambition… but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me… to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born."

I think my timing with this book was just perfect. I read this around the Thanksgiving holiday, and I believe not only is it a comforting piece, but also a wonderful reminder to be thankful for the small joys in l
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Anne of Avonlea drinking game:
Take a drink of your tea/soda/plum wine every time
-Anne's grey eyes are mentioned
-Marilla is sarcastic
-Paul Irving says "you know"
-Paul Iriving refers to his "little mother"
-Diana's weight is mentioned
-Anne or Marilla express their preference for Davy/speak unkindly of Dora because she's "too good."

The character of Davy just about ruined this book for me. I kind of hated him. His sister, Dora, is a sweet, mild-mannered, overall good kid. And so Davy takes great joy
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables Fans
Yes, I remember liking L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Avonlea immensely when I first read it as a young teenager, and during my recent rereads, I have still managed to enjoy most of the story (most of the featured episodes) almost as much as I did then, especially the anecdotes about the Avonlea Village Improvement Society (AVIS). But even more than the AVIS interludes, I have been rather pleasantly surprised at how much I have loved reading about both Paul Irving and Lavendar Lewis (two characters t ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
"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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm not a violent person, but if I could punch any literary character in the face it would be $%^&*!@ Davy. ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Anne of Green Gables
Shelves: 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
I loved the book Anne of Green Gables so much. I enjoyed this book, but it did not have the same impact on me that the first one did. There was much about this book that I loved, but I did miss Anne as a child. She is becoming an adult, a better adult than most.

I did love the hilarious things the children said. I mean they were things I could hear any child saying. Davey was a little crazy. That kid has some sociopathic tendencies. Still, he was so funny. He enjoyed causing some excitement aroun
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
I can't even put into words how much I adore this series<3 ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, owned-books
Such a wonderful reading day, thanks to Anne! I loved the new characters and the fact that we see Anne teaching, as I'm a teacher myself. As in the previous book, there were plenty of amazing quotes and cute moments. It's great to know that there are many other books in the series!

4.5 stars rounded up
Tharindu Dissanayake
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"We always love best the people who need us."

The second book of Anne picks up immediately after Anne of Green Gables, to move across her first two years back at Avonlea as the school teacher. To be honest, I'm one of those who felt in love with the original mainly because how entertaining little Anne's life was. It took a bit getting used to the new period. However, with introduction of several new characters, some of which share certain characteristics of little Anne, made the book have some si
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-loved
It was wonderful to be back with Anne again! This was a buddy read with Carolyn and Leeanne and it is lovely to be able to have a discussion about the story, to see what stands out to each reader and the different observations made. I am very excited by the prospect of following Anne's journey through life, and I loved every moment of this book.

Anne's time as a teacher was very enjoyable, and her endeavours with the Avonlea Village Improvement Society and the rather amusing results of their eff
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
OH Marilla!

Anne's back! She older and wiser and more beautiful than that gangly red-headed girl that first came to Avonlea. This book walks us through Anne as a older teenager, she's back as a schoolteacher at the local school with difficult pupils, she refuses to rule by corporal punishment, but simply to treat her students with kindness. Marilla ends up adopting two twins who are orphaned- Dora & Davy and little Davy just stole my heart in this story. My other favorite was Miss Lavender and h
Full review now posted!

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books ever. But the story doesn’t stop there! I’ve never read the entire series, so I’m on a mission to do just that. This second installment I have read before, and I love it just as much as the preceding book. Here, Anne takes her first halting steps into adulthood, and the change is both charming and sad. Anne will always be a free spirit, but seeing her temper that spiritedness enough to become an effective teacher was fascina
Haleigh DeRocher
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh, Anne.
What can I say about this story? Anne as a young girl was sweet, fun loving, silly, and just a tad too imaginative for her own good. Always getting into scrapes. But always, always finding the good and the beauty in life. Anne as a young woman? Even better. I absolutely loved seeing Anne in her role as teacher of the Avonlea school. Her spirit is just so sweet and pure - there's literally nothing not to like about her.
I also really enjoyed the introduction of new characters like Mr. H
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After the first book about Anne, I was a bit late to read this one. That's mostly due to the fact that at first it completely failed to draw me in. I felt like it's just filler up to like a third of the book in! Where's all the fun? Where did Anne's spunkiness go?

But thankfully, the book picked up, and by the end I can say I enjoyed it almost as much as the first one. I'll certainly be reading on! I've decided to give you 5 reasons to read about Anne, so here we go. If you want to read this
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, audiobooks, 2021
I've read Anne of Green Gables many times over the years (this one's my favorite Anne of Green Gables), but it's just now that I decided to continue with the series. I'm so glad I did, because I was really missing out!

In Book 2, Anne is now 16 yrs old and is a teacher at Avonlea School. Anne is still as cheerful and optimistic as ever, and isn't too old to get into all sorts of trouble. Lots of new characters were introduced in this book, but Matthew was terribly missed.

It was so nice to catch
Jovana Autumn
“I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people know more…though I know that is the noblest ambition…but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me…to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.”

It's an ultimate joy when the second book in the series is even better than the first - and if the first was perfect then the second is square of perfection? Perfection × Perfection.
Helene Jeppesen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel was just as good as the first one "Anne of Green Gables". It was nice, comfortable, endearing and at times hilarious. In this book, we get to follow Anne as she grows up to become a woman, and the new set of characters (as well as the well-known ones from the first book) are great. Montgomery has managed to create a world which can only bring a smile to your face, and so I'm obviously excited to get back to it whenever I decide to pick up the third book. ...more
Norah Una Sumner
I didn't like this one as much as the first book (there's just not enough Gilbert, am I right?) but I definitely enjoyed continuing this adventure with Anne. There are so many new characters in this one but, unfortunately, I didn't seem to love all of them. The writing stays just as beautiful as it was in the first book. Also, that last paragraph. Be still my beating heart.


Can't wait to start Anne of the Island!
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, april-2013
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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Don't you know that it is only very foolish folk who talk sense all the time?"

Another Series of Letters.

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 j
Sophie Crane
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One thing I really like about the Anne of Green Gables series is the characters, of course! ^_^ You grow to love all of them, old and new ones alike! :) As for some of the new, I liked Paul Irving, one of Anne’s students at the Avonlea school. He was such a sweet and kind little boy! I also enjoyed Davy’s character. He was one of the twins that Anne and Marilla took in after their mother had died. He was such a trip :P Davy was always getting into trouble or caught eating the jam preserves Maril ...more
I've read Anne of Green Gables over 7 years ago and it became a favorite, but I never continued the series. Picking the second book up so many years later, I was a little nervous I might not like it, but my fears turned out to be groundless.

Anne of Avonlea reads like a collection of anecdotes of a village life. It is fluffy and cute, innocent without being preachy and gives one a warm feeling inside. It was also funny - I laughed out loud many times throughout the book.

Avonlea is full of good pe
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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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