Lucy Maud Montgomerys classic childrens novel tells the tale of Anne Shirley, a red-headed orphan mistakenly fostered on Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, two middle aged siblings who run a small farm on Canadas Prince Edward Island. The Cuthberts had ordered an orphan boy to help in the fields, but Annes talkative nature, her romantic nature and irrepressible optimism gradually charm the staid old couple. She is allowed to stay and is soon popular with her schoolmates, especially her bosom friend Diana, and the handsome and annoying Gilbert Blythe, whom Anne refuses to speak to after he jokingly calls her Carrots.
The author lovingly traces Annes journey through childhood, following her adventures and misadventures from a nave, melodramatic child to an intelligent, selfless young woman who, despite setbacks, remains unconquerably optimistic about life and the human condition. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.