An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, “I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them.” Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables. For many years, not a great deal was known about Maud’s personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, undemonstrative grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her “year of mad passion,” and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals. Through this revealing and deeply moving biography, kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never gave up “the substance of things hoped for” will be captivated anew by the words of this remarkable woman.
About the Author
Liz Rosenberg is a poet, best-selling novelist, professor, and writer of numerous acclaimed books for children. She has edited several poetry anthologies for young readers, including Light-Gathering Poems, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize. She lives in Binghamton, New York.
Julie Morstad is the illustrator of numerous books for young readers, including When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano and Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Bend in the Road 1
Chapter 2 An Early Sorrow 7
Chapter 3 "Very Near to a Kingdom of Ideal Beauty" 23
Chapter 4 The Jolly Years 37
Chapter 5 Room for Dreaming 45
Chapter 6 Count Nine Stars 57
Chapter 7 "Darling Father" and Prince Albert 67
Chapter 8 The Pill inside the Jam 87
Chapter 9 The Happiest Year 93
Chapter 10 Schoolmarm in Bideford 101
Chapter 11 Halifax! 115
Chapter 12 Belmont and the Simpsony Simpsons 125
Chapter 13 The Year of Mad Passion 139
Chapter 14 Back in the House of Dreams 157
Chapter 15 The Creation of Anne 175
Chapter 16 "Yes, I Understand the Young Lady Is a Writer" 197
Chapter 17 "Those Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy" 217
Chapter 18 A Changed World 239
Chapter 19 A Woman "They Cannot Bluff, Bully, or Cajole" 261
Chapter 20 Dashing over the Traces 275
Chapter 21 Journey's End 299
Time Line of L. M. Montgomery's Life 327
Source Notes 333
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery By: Liz Rosenberg Candlewick Press Children's Nonfiction 352 pages #HouseOfDreamsThe LifeOfLMMontgomery#NetGalley This was a great book. It is already out for you to read. It was wonderfully done and I am grateful that I was given the chance to read this for review. It is a biography about the author of the Anne of Green Gable books. I learned a lot about the author that I didn't know much about. I didn't realize that she went by her middle name and had a rough childhood. I also learned that her books are based a lot on her life. I highly recommend that you read this book. I would have read this book in one setting if I didn't have a lot of other things happening this month. The author of this book draws you in and you just don't want to stop reading. I gave this book 5 stars and I will be buying this book to keep on my shelves.
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this children's nonfiction biography in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . Anne with an E is one of me favourite characters of all time. I have reread the stories about Anne Shirley often. L.M. Montgomery was featured in Broadside No. 18. I even made the ma (hi ma!) take me to PEI as a wee girl so I could visit this beloved island in person. So when I saw this title on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it and luckily got a copy. At first I found this hard to get into. It was rather slow and had a curiously odd writing tone that is difficult to explain. As I got used to it, I truly was fascinated by Maud's life. It was altogether a bleak one at times. Her relationship with her grandparents, step-mother, and husband were extremely disheartening to read about. Yet many of the circumstances in Maud's upbringing were used as fodder for her writing. Maud and her husband also suffered from mental illness. Ye also get an interesting look into the treatment of women in general, women as teachers, and women as professional writers. Maud was truly an unique and fascinating woman. She was prolific, intelligent, and endearing. I was very happy to get a more in-depth understanding of her life, her stories, and her legacy. I do recommend this read for all folk who love this author's work.
A tellling tale of this wonderful author with lovely illustrations. I have long been a big fan of all of LMM's books. Years ago I read all the journals that were published on Ms. Montgomery's life, but I hadn't read them in a long time. This book once again makes me aware of how amazing it is that the LMM was able to write such beautiful stories when her own life wasn't a totally happy one. To think she was able to create such lovely books while at times fighting deep depressions and hardships in her own life, makes me appreciate all she accomplished all the more. This book presents the facts in a straight forward way, and I loved the illustrations.