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Author: Marsden, Mariah
Illustrator: Thummler, Brenna
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781449479602
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Anne of Green Gables – a graphic novel

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Although the graphic novel does not retain the depth of language, description of setting, and nuances of language that make the original novel a classic, it does provide the main points of the plot in a form that is accessible to reluctant readers or readers who are not yet ready for the stamina required to delve into the four hundred pages of the original version.  The illustrations do capture the moods of the characters, and the feelings that the characters experience as the plot unfolds.   In her adaptation, Marsden has tried to retain, in the dialogue, some of the original prose, and the flamboyant language that Anne uses in the classic text (e.g. “It would break my heart to make friends with those stately roses and that silver-smooth brook only to bid them farewell forever.”) Anne’s strong character and feisty spirit in the face of many obstacles comes through in this graphic adaptation, as do the themes of family love, and true friendship.  This graphic novel version will give middle school readers the essence of this timeless Canadian classic.

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