Emily of New Moon (Emily Series #1)

Emily of New Moon (Emily Series #1)

by L. M. Montgomery

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From the author of Anne of Green Gables, the first book of the beloved Emily trilogy—recently seen on Netflix’s hit show Russian Doll!

Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonelyuntil her beloved father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. Although she's sure she'll never be happy there, Emily deals with her stern aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by using her quick wit and holding her head high.

In this first volume of the celebrated Emily trilogy, Lucy Maud Montgomery draws a more realistic portrait of a young orphan girl's life on early twentieth-century Prince Edward Island. 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: 04/01/1983
Series: Emily Series , #1
Edition description: First Laurel-Leaf Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 86,594
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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"Come into the parlor, Emily," said Aunt Elizabeth. "Last night we could not decide who should take you. Cousin Jimmy suggested we draw lots, and that is what we are going to do. Our names are written on these slips of paper. You will draw one, and the person whose name is on it will give you a home."

Emily trembled. She could not lift her hands.

"Draw," said Aunt Elizabeth.

Emily set her teeth and did it. Aunt Elizabeth took the slip from her shaking hand and held it up. On it was her own name, Elizabeth Murray.

"Well, that's settled," said Uncle Wallace. "Of course I'll pay my share of the costs."

"No, thank you," said Aunt Elizabeth. "It is my duty, and I shall do what is needed."

"I am her duty," thought Emily. "Father said nobody ever liked a duty. So Aunt Elizabeth will never like me."

Will Aunt Elizabeth grow to love Emily? Will Emily ever find a home?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Emily of New Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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.
keycat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, timeless story. I have yet to read Anne of Green Gables but after reading this lesser known book by L. M. Montgomery I plan to read it soon.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first in the Emily series. Emily is much like Anne; but she's different and I like this book better. Emily moves to New Moon with her two Aunts and Cousin Jimmy. There are fascinating stories of long dead Murrays and the lost Diamond. She has many wonderful adventures like staying at Wyther Grange, and discovering the tragic story of the Queen of Hearts. Emily dreams one day of becoming a writer, so be sure and read the sequel to find out if she can.
ilovecookies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emily is an aspiring writer who is orphaned and forced to live with her strict spinster aunt. Although not as famous as Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon has all the qualities of an L.M. Montgomery book that we all love.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always preferred the Emily books to the more famous Anne of Green Gables. The first copy of Emily of New Moon that I owned, I read so often that it fell apart--quite literally. I loved the way Emily thought about and dealt with the world--and then wrote about it in such a quirky and dedicated way.Reading this book always inspired me to want to write in my own journal--never as well or as faithfully as Emily--but it always inspired me. You don't have to be a child to enjoy this charming story, the beginning of a trilogy about Emily's growth to adult-hood in small-town eastern Canada.
sablelexi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this story as much as the Anne series. It's somewhat more realistic, and some of the things that happen to Emily are much darker and sadder than the things that happen to Anne. Her ability to deal with what life throws at her is not extraordinary (she doesn't always overcome everything easily), but that makes for a good story. If you enjoy the Anne series I highly recommend this one. If you've never read the Anne serie, I still think there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one. And, if you didn't enjoy the Anne series, don't rule this one out, since it is more like real life it might be interesting to you.
Siusaidh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fav LMM book.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story. Anne of Green Gables will always own my heart with her flights of fancy but Emily of New Moon can have a sliver of it too, showing that Montgomery could write more than one charming young girl series. The book opens with Emily being told, rather brutally, that her father is dying. Never having gone to school and having had her mother die when she was very small, her father has been Emily's whole world. After his death, her mother's estranged relatives come to collect her and draw straws to see which of them will have to take her, they being the Murrays and always concerned with doing the proper thing as a result of their pride. Emily and her Aunt Elizabeth get off on the wrong foot as Emily knows she is simply a duty to Elizabeth, not a dearly beloved niece but there is hope in the shape of Aunt Laura and Cousin Jimmy. This tale of Emily's life the first several years at New Moon Farm is charming and Emily is, in her own way, as appealing a little miss as Anne, writing poetry and novels (her worry about how to spring one of her characters from a convent, not being Catholic herself and so not quite certain of the rules governing convents, is quite funny) and giving her heart to those who will only love her back. The book also contains delightful stories about the inhabitants of rural PEI, their hopes and dreams and the way that the community intereacts. The book is probably old-fashioned but for those children who appreciate the historical and would like to have had the chance to read by candlelight or wear pinafores and button-up boots, this will be a happy reading experience. I wish I'd found it when I was devouring all the Anne books but I am just as happy to be reading it now as an adult, enjoying the simplicity and sense of peace that pervades the story telling. I will definitely be reading the remaining books in the trilogy.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emily and Anne are the most well-known of L.M. Montgomery's heroines, and among fans there is disagreement over which is the better character.I am torn. Emily's character is less fanciful in some ways than Anne's character, but also less grounded. She has her head in the clouds and is oblivious, it seems, to many things that Anne takes to heart.Emily's story seems darker overall than Anne's, which makes the stories hard to compare. Emily's story succeeds by its own merit, though, and doesn't pale by comparison to Montgomery's other heroines.
hphhtig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I also feel like I am too attached to this book to write a review. Despite the purple prose of the time, Emily's character, life and literary ambitions were so appealing to me. I named my only daughter after Emily, choosing the name when I was a teenager and sticking with it even when Emily became the popular name of the year she was born. I know at least one other Emily named after this heroine.
Wanderlust_Lost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely 100% unequivocally love Emily and the Emily books more than Anne. I think that this series was Lucy Montgomery's best. I am too emotionally attached to this book to provide a good analysis of it. All I know is that my copies are so worn that I've had to buy new ones so as to preserve the original and beloved copies for posterity.Read these books!
pandoragreen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and reread it several times as a child. Emily's slow smile, and her "magic curtain", her love of books and of words, all of these things have stayed with me.
jedisluzer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have the sacreligious opinion of liking Emily a little bit more than Anne. I think this is because Emily is a writer, and loves gray cats, and is a bit proud and strange... well, Anne is those things too, but so much more social. Emily isn't a charmer like Anne. But I get along with her.
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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