Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Wars (34)

The Baby-Sitters Club eeked by on a single vote. If I had my say, I would have voted for them too. Now it's time to dip into the classics bucket and see what we pull out. FIGHT!


At sixteen Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job a the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else's romance, finds two orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone. (from librarything.com)

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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. (from librarything.com)

12 comments:

Jana said...

Wow, that's a tough one. Both excellent and since I cannot choose on the books I will let the movie version be my guide. As much as I adore Margaret O'Brien (I am not really that old, I just really liked her as a child actress--she was Beth in the Elizabet Taylor Little Women too), I have to go with ANNE because of the total awesomeness of the miniseries from the early 90's. Megan Follows!

Anne and I are kindred spirits!

Audra said...

Secret Garden! Now, in the spirit of full disclose, I've never read any L.M. Montgomery. BUT I've seen the movie or miniseries or whatever, and that grim feel of Anne's foster parents was just too much. I was always so enamored of the romance of The Secret Garden -- maybe I just have a thing for the moors. (I prefer Wuthering Heights to Jane Eyre.)

Audra said...

PS: I had to tweet b/c I love this so much! http://twitter.com/unabridgedchick/statuses/21536750741

Jessi E. said...

Anne of Avonlea ALL the way! I grew up with my mom reading those books to me - love them!

Thao said...

I haven't read the other book but Secret Garden is a really lovely read.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

This is really hard for me, but I'm going with The Secret Garden. =)

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Anne hands down, no hesitation. I was never a big fan of The Secret Garden. However, I can't tire of the Anne series! it is brilliant, the perfect comfort read :-D

Amber said...

I love The Secret Garden! Anne just seemed a bit of for when I was a kid.

Borostyán said...

Not a question for me: Anne of Green Gables

The love between Anne and Gilbert is one of the best in the world of literature.

fredamans said...

Anne of Avonlea.

The Lovely Reader said...

I have to go with SECRET GARDEN :)

loves2read said...

They are both good choices but I am going with Anne of Avonlea. I have been a LM Montgomery fan for a long time.

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