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Maud
A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery
By (author): Melanie Fishbane
9780143191254 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Biographical Apr 25, 2017
$22.99 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.27 x 1.27 in 400 pages Penguin Random House Canada Teen Penguin Teen
For the first time ever, a young adult novel about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, the author who brought us ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery—Maud to her friends—has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy—her dreams of being a writer are much more important.

But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future—and her happiness forever.

A FASCINATING GLIMPSE INTO THE LIFE OF L.M. MONTGOMERY: Lucy Maud Montgomery is Canada’s cherished novelist, whose Anne of Green Gables books are still sold all over the world and bring countless fans to her hometown on the small island of Prince Edward Island each year. Her books are beloved by millions but lesser known is her own life.

HUGE APPEAL FOR FANS: This will be a true cross-over novel, for fans of LM Montgomery of all ages, and will bring new readers to the classic books. Also, there will be renewed interest in LM Montgomery with the release of the upcoming Anne of Green Gables Netflix series.

STRONG FEMINIST MESSAGE: Set during a time when colleges were just starting to accept women students, and female authors were publishing with male pseudonyms, the story focuses on Maud’s struggles for independence versus her desire to love and be loved.

TALENTED DEBUT AUTHOR: Melanie Fishbane is well-known in Montgomery scholarly circles and regularly presents papers to the LM Montgomery society and is a graduate of the writing program at the prestigious Vermont College of Fine Arts.

REAL-LIFE FIGURE BROUGHT TO LIFE: In the longstanding tradition, especially on the adult side, of fictionalizing writers’ lives (The Paris Wife, for instance), Maud is a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating writer.

MELANIE J. FISHBANE holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in History from Concordia University. With over seventeen years’ experience in children’s publishing, she lectures internationally on children’s literature and L.M. Montgomery, whom she has been obsessed with since she first read Anne of Green Gables in Grade Six. Melanie teaches English at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario and is one of the contributor in the essay collection, L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years 1911-1942. Melanie lives in Toronto with her partner and their cat, Merlin. Maud is her first novel. You can follow Melanie on Twitter @MelanieFishbane and like her on Facebook.

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Author Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

“Fishbane’s affection for her subject shines through, making the character of Maud herself come alive for readers. An engaging depiction of an ambitious young woman…Maud is highly recommended for teen and adult readers.”—National Reading Campaign

“[T]here’s nothing dated about the relentless lack of understanding and warmth [Maud] experienced in her family life, something Fishbane conveys with aplomb.”—The Toronto Star

“An engaging addition that will appeal to more than just fans of L.M. Montgomery.”—School Library Journal

“… Maud will serve as a gateway to the world of Montgomery, which, even after more than a century, is in no danger of being exhausted.” —Quill & Quire

“Fishbane places her readers in the historical and geographical environs of the teenage Montgomery and enhances their understanding of one of Canada’s most beloved authors.” —CM Magazine

“Fishbane’s historical research is thorough and comes out beautifully in the narrative…. [T]he spirit of Montgomery’s writing breathes subtly within the pages.”—Historical Novel Society

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