House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery
House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery
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Annotation: This 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.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #156180
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Morstad, Julie,
Pages: 339 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-6057-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-6057-4
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2018945574
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
The author best known for Anne of Green Gables left behind extensive letters and journals; Rosenberg has gathered information from these and other sources to create a detailed narrative that allows Montgomery's personality to come through. Morstad's ink line drawings would be right at home in an Anne book. It's a well-balanced biography that offers tidbits for fans without overly romanticizing the author's own story. Timeline. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
The first middle-grade biography of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery in over 20 years.Drawing primarily on the author's personal journals (published only in edited form until very recently but available to the author in their entirety), Rosenberg presents a balanced and sympathetic portrait of a lonely young girl who grew up to write cheerful novels despite her always-challenging life. Maud (she was never called by her first name, Lucy) lost her mother to tuberculosis in 1876 before she was 2 and her father to wanderlust before she was 7. Raised by her puritanical grandparents in Cavendish, a small village on Prince Edward Island, she early on retreated into her imagination, naming the trees in her grandparents' yard. Her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, was published to instant success—but Maud, by then 34, had broken off an engagement and was the sole caretaker of her elderly, difficult, and ailing grandmother. Prone herself to bouts of severe depression, she married a preacher who suffered from severe mental illness, and troubles with her elder son haunted her last years. Rosenberg writes clearly and honestly, making liberal use of Maud's own words, allowing Maud's courage and joy to shine despite her very real problems. Morstad's black-and-white drawings effectively set the mood, underscoring the ethnic homogeneity of the largely white PEI.A kind, thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of one of the icons of children's literature. (Biography. 10-14)
Publishers Weekly
Rosenberg-s comprehensive biography of the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series presents a multidimensional portrait of a complicated and conflicted writer. Opening with 30-year-old Montgomery starting to write the book that brought her international fame and wealth, the story circles back to her early abandonment by her parents, her childhood with stern grandparents, to the publication of a poem when she was 15, marking the beginning of a career that encompassed more than 20 novels and countless stories
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up Most known for Anne of Green Gables, author L.M. Montgomery (18741942) endured many hardships while dedicating herself to a prolific and renowned career. This account of her life buzzes with energy and emotion reminiscent of her own writing, and incorporates her diary entries for a more personal telling. Readers will share in her bemusement as she rejects a string of suitors in favor of her ambitions, celebrate her triumphs as a successfulthough unfairly paidauthor, and feel the overwhelming demand for more Anne. Rosenberg crucially doesn't shy away from discussing mental health, sometimes using Montgomery's books as analysis for her state of mind. Her experiences with depression is laid bare, her moments of freneticism or despondence vivid through riveting prose. Rosenberg also details her subject's imagination, zest for nature, and her perfectly imperfect characters who still continue to touch so many. Devotees will relish the tidbits of Montgomery's daily life that found their way into Anne's world. The book also boasts Morstad's delicately and prettily penned illustrations and an expansive bibliography. However, Rosenberg's biggest misstep is not tackling Montgomery's problematic works, notably Kilmeny of the Orchard and the short story "Tannis of the Flats." Considering the deep dive Rosenberg takes with the iconic author's other writings, the absence of it here is strongly felt. VERDICT A poignant though incomplete look at a renowned author. Consider for Montgomery fans. Kate DiGirolomo, Library Journal
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Scholars have been debating beloved Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery's personal life for decades. Why did she idolize the father who abandoned her? Why did her conservative grandmother suddenly support her education and career ambitions? Did Maud commit suicide, or was her overdose accidental? Rosenberg presents a condensed version of Maud's (as she liked to be called) private journals, interweaving Maud's own lyrical, emotive quotations with major life events. Though best known for creating Anne Shirley charming, imaginative redheaded orphan ud struggled with depression her entire life. She found companionship with good men but fell in lust with a bad one. Her younger son made her proud; the older was a rake whose treatment of women broke Maud's heart. Rosenberg paints a deep, complex portrait of a vibrant, brilliant, yet troubled woman. At the beginning of every chapter, Morstad accompanies these descriptions with Quentin Blake like ink illustrations that capture the strange mix of whimsy, humor, and solemnity that permeated Maud's thoughts. Recommend to Anne fans, aspiring writers, or anyone wanting a peek inside the mind of a famous author who constantly fought for success and happiness. Final illustrations not seen.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-338).
Word Count: 65,498
Reading Level: 7.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.7 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 195544 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.6 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q73751
Lexile: 1010L
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Fountas & Pinnell: Z+

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.


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