|Emily of New Moonby L.M. Montgomery|
"Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely——until her beloved father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her mother's snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She's sure she won't be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends, with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who's sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon."
When the clouds and cobwebs enter my brain from reading so many of the "popular" genres (dystopian or paranormal romances), sometimes I need to take a break and read something beautiful. This time I chose to re-read Emily of New Moon. This is a book that should be read by every young teenage girl. Emily knows from a young age what her passion is, and she never gives up, even though she has to overcome many obstacles along the way. It is a book full of goodness, loyalty, perserverance, and love. Although Anne of Green Gables is much better known than Emily of New Moon, I have always had a special place in my heart for Emily. I have read that Emily is more autobiographical to the author than Anne is. It is darker than the Anne books, but apparently Maud Montgomery had quite a dark life herself. Don't worry, though, because unlike the author, by the end of the series Emily's dreams all come true. Her adventures continue in Emily Climbs, and Emily's Quest.