Anne of Green Gables
When Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, decide to adopt a child from a distant orphanage, they dont get quite what they bargained for. The child who awaits them at the tiny Bright River train station is not the strapping young boy theyd imagined--someone to help Matthew work the fields of their small farm--but rather a freckle-faced, redheaded girl named Anne (with an e, if you please).
Matthew and Marilla may not be sure about Anne, but Anne takes one look at Prince Edward Islands red clay roads and the Cuthberts snug white farmhouse with its distinctive green gables and decides that shes home at last. But will she be able to convince Marilla and Matthew to let her stay?
Armed with only a battered carpetbag and a boundless imagination, Anne charms her way into the Cuthberts hearts--and into the hearts of readers as well. She truly is, in the words of Mark Twain, "the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice."