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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (L.C. Page & Co., 1908)

This literary classic by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who live on a farm in Prince Edward Island who intended to have a boy come to help on their farm.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 36 languages. Montgomery has written numerous sequels to the book and since her death, an additional sequel and a prequel has come to light.

Three films have been produced, seven television movies, six television series and numerous stage productions have been spawned.

If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables and want to live it, you can visit the Green Gables farmhouse in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (see below). If you plan a visit during the summertime, you can catch the Anne of Green Gables musical as well. Or, if you ever need to relocate with your children to Japan, they have incorporated Anne into their school curriculum.