Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon

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When her beloved father dies, thirteen-year-old Emily Starr, orphaned and lonely, is sent to live with her mother's relatives at New Moon Farm, but despite her stern Aunt Elizabeth and malicious classmates, Emily's quick wit and lively imagination help her to form friendships and begin to feel at home.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, 2014
ISBN: 9781402289125
140228912X
Characteristics: ix, 368 pages ; 21 cm

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BetM Aug 27, 2018

I read the Anne of Green Gables series before I read the Emily trilogy, but though I dearly love Anne, I feel the strongest bond to Emily — probably because her drive/struggle to be a writer is more of a central theme in her story. In a conversation with her favourite teacher, after he’s looked over some of her writing, he tells Emily:

"If it’s in you to climb you must — there are those who must lift their eyes to the hills — they can’t breathe properly in the valleys. God help them if there’s some weakness in them that prevents their climbing."

Anyone else reminded of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet?

Emily also talks about a recurring moment that she has, which she calls “the flash,” that I’ve experienced myself.

"It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside — but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse…And always when the flash came to her Emily felt that life was a wonderful, mysterious thing of persistent beauty."

If you love Anne, you'll love Emily, too. And if Anne wasn't quite your cup of tea, give Emily a try anyway.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2017

This exciting story of Emily is another one of Montgomery’s fine works. It tells the tale of Emily Starr, whose father dies of illness and she is handed to her mother’s family of proud Murrays. Here she struggles with Aunt Elizabeth’s strict ways and the interesting characters of New Moon and beyond. She is loved by everyone despite her small scrapes in the world, especially by her Aunt Laura and Cousin Jimmy. This tale also highlights Emily’s love of writing her memoirs and stories through her “Jimmy books” as well as letters to her late father and mother that make the story flow nicely. I love how this story starts with Emily being extremely close to her father and when she arrives at New Moon she becomes a proud Murray herself and grows attached to her maternal family as well. I personally enjoyed this series as equally as I did Anne’s! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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themonkeygirl
Jul 26, 2017

I love everything L.M. Montgomery has written and this is just one of many! All her characters including Anne, Pat and Emily bring something different and unique. The Story Girl and her short story collections are all truly amazing! She is one of the best female writers!

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Booksss14
Jul 26, 2017

Not as good as Anne of Green Gables. It has some very dark and sad themes that run throughout making it a much more serious book and lots more scenes that tug at the heart and make me cry. Yes, I cried. Several times. A lot of this series is just waiting. Waiting forever, it seems like, for Emily and Teddy just to get together. If you are generally a patient person, then you'll probably enjoy this trilogy. Still good, despite the sad themes and all the waiting.

martha_w Jul 25, 2016

I liked the Emily trilogy a lot as a kid, but I think, upon re-reading it as an adult, I like it more now that I'm not using it to try to fill an Anne of Green Gables-sized hole in my heart. This series is less madcap than the Anne books; Emily's scrapes are less outrageous, but she has very real hopes and dreams and fears, and this is truly a great book for kids who have read the Anne series but might have missed this one. Also, as ever, LM Montgomery does A+ work convincing readers that Prince Edward Island must be the most beautiful place on the face of the planet.

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realgood4free
May 12, 2016

For kids (and adults) too emo for Anne of Green Gables.

I recommend the 3 book Emily of New Moon series over the better-known Anne of Green Gables books all the time.

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Agent_798
Dec 24, 2015

I love this book!!! It really shows the importance of family and friends. In my opinion the book is much better than the movie and if I had to choose one I would choose the book in a heartbeat.

Kereesa Nov 28, 2015

Better than Anne-I devoured this in less than two days!

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

Even though it's not as popular as the Anne of Green Gables series, it's just as good, maybe even better!

jhoerger Jul 28, 2014

I decided to read Emily of New Moon after getting the tv series. I thought that the book was great and very interesting. L. M. Montgomery has such a picturesque way of writing that captures her audience's attention!

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Apr 25, 2015

"I asked Aunt Elizabeth if she ever wished that she was beautiful. Then she seemed annoyed about something."

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