I’m currently working on a retelling of the classic novel, Anne of Green Gables for a series called Big Cats. It’s the first time I’ve worked on a project like this but I was delighted to be asked as Anne is one of my favourite characters ever. She’s funny, honest and remarkably resilient, a true hero.
For those who haven’t read it (and you should, it’s wonderful), Anne of Green Gables is the first book in a series about an eleven-year-old orphan called Anne Shirley. At the start of the book she’s waiting at the train station for her new foster family – Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert – to collect her. When Matthew sees her for the first time he’s shocked. He was expecting a boy to help him on the farm, instead he finds a girl with flaming red hair and a huge imagination, who never stops talking. He brings Anne home to his sister, Marilla, who says Anne must go back to the orphanage the following day.
We then find out that Anne has been in several foster families before, where they used her as cheap labour, making her mind their children (eight in one family – three sets of twins!), before sending her packing. She’s a super smart, imaginative girl, and she falls in love with Avonlea and its wild cherry trees, lakes and fields. She would like nothing more than to make Green Gables her home but it’s all up to the strict (but kind underneath) Marilla.
Will Marilla change her mind? Will Anne find a forever home in Avonlea? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Anne is full of wise sayings and funny one liners. Here are some of my favourites:
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“True friends are always together in spirit.”
Have YOU read Anne of Green Gables? I’d love to know.
Yours in books,