For the first time ever, a young adult novel about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, the author who brought us ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.
Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Maud to her friends -- has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman's place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister's stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren't a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn't sure she wants to settle down with a boy -- her dreams of being a writer are much more important.
But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother's plans for her, which threaten Maud's future -- and her happiness forever.
In a delightful debut novel, Fishbane presents a fictional portrait of the teenage years of Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery. The story opens in 1889, with 14-year-old Maud living with her maternal grandparents in Prince Edward Island. They are distant, but Maud finds comfort in her writing, friends, and new teacher, Miss Gordon, who encourages her writing. Maud and her friend Nate grow close, but her grandparents don't approve of him, and she's sent to live with her father and his new family in Saskatchewan. Maud makes new friends and even finds love in her new surroundings, but she always strives for more. Fishbane lovingly captures the small-town charm of Maud's Prince Edward Island home and the rugged frontier of Saskatchewan while etching an affecting portrait of a young woman determined to follow her heart and be something more, at a time when options for women were few. Fans of Montgomery's novels will recognize much of Maud's life in that of Anne, but even readers not familiar with those books will be easily drawn into her world. Ages 12 up.