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Movie Review: Anne of Green Gables (PBS, 2016)

This adaptation of Anne of Green Gables is a 90-minute TV movie, and my favorite adaptation by far. Balancing childhood wonder with joy and sorrow, it is simultaneously both the most accurate to the book and the only¬†adaptation that I have found that took me back to my own childhood, and the things I felt… Continue reading Movie Review: Anne of Green Gables (PBS, 2016)

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TV Show Review: Anne of Green Gables miniseries (CBC, 1985)

When adults speak of Anne of Green Gables today, this is probably the most common adaptation that comes to mind. Clocking in at over 3 hours total, this adaptation takes on the entire first book. In stark contrast to the 2017 version reviewed last week, this is a textbook comfort show. It goes out of… Continue reading TV Show Review: Anne of Green Gables miniseries (CBC, 1985)

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TV Show Review: Anne with an E (2017), Season 1

The first season of this new adaptation of the childhood classic Anne of Green Gables is nothing if not a new and original interpretation of a classic. The basic story remains entirely intact. Anne Shirley and all the rest of the cast are unmistakable. This season covers less than half of the original book, clearly… Continue reading TV Show Review: Anne with an E (2017), Season 1

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Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian children's book published in 1908. It remains to this day a staple of childhood in parts of Canada and the US. It revolves around Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan who is adopted by an elderly pair of siblings living in the picturesque Green Gables in Avonlea, a fictional… Continue reading Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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Book Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me is a snapshot of a sixth grader's life. It's sort of science fiction and sort of mystery, but mostly it's just that: a snapshot. I frequently end up categorizing books as character-driven or plot-driven or both, but this felt like none of the above. It didn't even feel language-driven. I find… Continue reading Book Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Review: Children's Fiction · Review: Fantasy

Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

At the San Francisco Writer's Conference 2017, I heard this book repeatedly recommended by the agent Mary C Moore whenever discussing middle grade fantasy. After the conference, I put it on my reading list. In the past, I had the opinion that the best books are children's books: an opinion that had faded of late.… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill