Emily of New Moon (Emily Series #1)

Emily of New Moon (Emily Series #1)

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by L. M. Montgomery
     
 

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Lucy Maud Montgomery has been beloved by generations of readers for her Anne of Green Gables stories. In the celebrated Emily trilogy, of which Emily of New Moon is the first volume, Montgomery draws a more realistic portrait of a young girl’s life on Prince Edward Island. The twin threads of bright and dark, love and cruelty, hope and despair

Overview

Lucy Maud Montgomery has been beloved by generations of readers for her Anne of Green Gables stories. In the celebrated Emily trilogy, of which Emily of New Moon is the first volume, Montgomery draws a more realistic portrait of a young girl’s life on Prince Edward Island. The twin threads of bright and dark, love and cruelty, hope and despair intertwine in a pattern as significant as it is enduring.

Along with Emily Climbs and Emily’s Quest, Emily of New Moon insightfully portrays the beauty and anguish of growing up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553233704
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/1983
Series:
Emily Novels Series, #1
Edition description:
First Laurel-Leaf Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
284,577
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Aunt Elizabeth had a more prosaic idea to account for Emily’s languor and lack of appetite. She had come to the conclusion that Emily’s heavy masses of hair “took from her strength” and that she would be much stronger and better if it were cut off. With Aunt Elizabeth to decide was to act. One morning she coolly informed Emily that her hair was to be “shingled.”

Emily could not believe her ears.

“You don’t mean that you are going to cut off my hair, Aunt Elizabeth,” she exclaimed.

“Yes, I mean exactly that,” said Aunt Elizabeth firmly. “You have entirely too much hair especially for hot weather. I feel sure that is why you have been so miserable lately. Now, I don’t want any crying.”

But Emily could not keep the tears back.

“Don’t cut it all off,” she pleaded. “Just cut a good big bang. Lots of the girls have their hair banged clean from the crown of their heads. That would take half my hair off and the rest won’t take too much strength.”

“There will be no bangs here,” said Aunt Elizabeth. “I’ve told you so often enough. I’m going to shingle your hair close all over your head for the hot weather. You’ll be thankful to me some day for it.”

Emily felt anything but thankful just then.

“It’s my one beauty,” she sobbed, “it and my lashes. I suppose you want to cut off my lashes too.”

Aunt Elizabeth did distrust those long, upcurled fringes of Emily’s, which were an inheritance from the girlish stepmother, and too un-Murray-like to be approved; but she had no designs against them. The hair must go, however, and she curtly bade Emily wait there, without any fuss, until she got the scissors.

Emily waited — quite hopelessly. She must lose her lovely hair — the hair her father had been so proud of. It might grow again in time — if Aunt Elizabeth let it — but that would take years, and meanwhile what a fright she would be! Aunt Laura and Cousin Jimmy were out; she had no one to back her up; this horrible thing must happen.

Aunt Elizabeth returned with the scissors; they clicked suggestively as she opened them; that click, as if by magic, seemed to loosen something — some strange formidable power in Emily’s soul. She turned deliberately around and faced her aunt. She felt her brows drawing together in an unaccustomed way — she felt an uprush as from unknown depths of some irresistible surge of energy.

“Aunt Elizabeth,” she said, looking straight at the lady with the scissors, “my hair is not going to be cut off. Let me hear no more of this.”

An amazing thing happened to Aunt Elizabeth. She turned pale — she laid the scissors down — she looked aghast for one moment at the transformed or possessed child before her — and then for the first time in her life Elizabeth Murray turned tail and fled — literally fled — to the kitchen.

“What is the matter, Elizabeth?” cried Laura, coming in from the cook-house.

“I saw — Father — looking from her face,” gasped Elizabeth, trembling. “And she said, ‘Let me hear no more of this,’ — just as he always said it — his very words.”

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

"I love books.  I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote in her journal when she was just fourteen.  This journal entry, made in 1889, is significant to readers today who know that when she grew up she not only owned and read many books, but also became the world-famous author L. M. Montgomery.  Maud, as she liked to be called by family and friends, wrote twenty-four books between 1908 and 1939.  Her first was Anne of Green Gables, and her other works include seven more Anne books, the Avonlea stories, the Emily trilogy, two novels for adults, an autobiography, and the novel The Story Girl.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was always writing and reading and was quite a story girl herself, creating more than five hundred short stories.  She also wrote many poems.  One edition of her poetry was published during her lifetime and today all her poems have been collected in a single volume.

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Emily of New Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
wowica More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading it I knew I would love it. I did. Emily is a wonderful girl! It has excitment, romance, and just enough ''Spice!'' L. M. Montgomery has done is again! I also recommend the whole Anne series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Emily of New Moon series were my favorite books as a little girl. I cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to read them herself. Emily is real, she is touching, and she is honest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up with the Anne of Green Gables books, but had never even considered looking into other works by L.M. Montgomery. I happend upon this book in a bookshop a year ago, and I was captivated! Emily is a very real girl, with real friends. Montgomery was a psychological geneous, as evidenced by her character development in all her books! I was encouraged by this book, because, like Emily, I love to write, and this spurred me on to that end. The four stars (as opposed to five) were because the story did drag a bit in the first couple of chapters.
Booklover1776 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved L.M. Montgomery's books. The Emily books are not my favorite that she has written (it is actually The Blue Castle and the Anne books), but they are still very good. It focuses on a heroine that is somewhat similar to Anne, but with a different twist. There are a total of three books in the Emily series. And I love the new look for the paperback! The artwork is beautiful. The only problem... now I want to update all of my collection of her books to match the new look. :D
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the whole series. lmm is such a great author. i loved everything about the book. i hated putting it down. it's so real, and so cool how you can see emily grow and stuff. this is definitely the 3rd best book lmm has written rilla of ingleside and anne of green gables are really good too. truly inspirational to an aspiring writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the heart-rending story of a lonely orphan who learns to love, to live, to write. Emily Starr is an inspiring female character...don't miss out on her antics and idiosyncrasies! I would recommend this book to anyone in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
even thought i havent read much, i feel this is the best book i ever read. it is very revelant to our everyday lives as the characters are very down to earth. i really enjoyed reading this book and the other two following series. Emily indeed is a very likable character and her ambition to become a writer is ever more laudable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished this book less than 10 seconds ago. I watched Emily grow up, i was sad to finish. A really great book, I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily of New Moon is an excellent book. I, especially, can relate to Emily because I am an aspiring writer. Many of Emily's feelings and comments throughout the book ring quite true. The only thing I regretted about the novel was the countless number of times that something happened that could be labeled quite truthfully 'unfair.' While this is good in small amounts in any book, you should not put it down feeling as if the character has been beaten around the head a few too many times. All in all, however, I was pleased with Lucy Maude's extrodinary imagery. The descriptions of New Moon were, in my opinion, the high part of it all. While I would not recommend the other two Emily books, I think the first is a must-read for girls 9-14 who like historical fiction and poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a fantasic book i hope every one enjoys it as i have