The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery (1911)

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

From the 1990 Avenel edition of Days of Dreams and Laughter: The Story Girl and Other Tales by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery  was first published in 1911.

“Never had we heard a voice like hers,” says the young narrator, describing the first meeting with Sara Stanley, “The Story Girl.”

So begins a merry journey into the hearts and lives of a close-knit group of Canadian teenagers. the heroine and her young companions, like Anne of Green Gables, are blessed with humor, spunk, a strong sense of adventure, and romantic souls.


Sara Stanley & the fictional town of Carlisle

The Story Girl has Sara Stanley at its center, skillfully weaving stories that fascinate listeners while incorporating subtle lessons in friendship, love, and life.

Through her magical talents, she becomes each character she tells of, so enthralling listeners so that they believe that one day she will be “destined to stand before kings.” Her mastery of language and sense of drama are what make each story so appealing.

Set in the fictional town of Carlisle, the Story Girl’s tales illuminate the lives and traditions of the people of the Island, bringing to life their romances, tragedies, comedies, and even their ghosts.

Beverly, the thirteen-year-old narrator, observes that, in the Story Girl’s hands, history gently draws in even the very young.

And this pattern of short glimpses into the past is continued in The Golden Road, the sequel to The Story Girl, which pursues many strands of earlier stories as it moves time forward into the cold blustery winter of Prince Edward Island. Now, the children have started their own newspaper which is both charming and hilarious in its innocent insights.

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Kilmeny of the Orchard

This volume finishes with the emotional and highly romantic Kilmeny of the Orchard, the story told by a young substitute teacher, Eric, who comes to the Island and falls in love with a mysterious mute young beauty.

The story chronicles Eric’s increasing struggles — first, with Kilmeny’s extreme shyness and lack of self-confidence, then against her family’s over-protectiveness and the town’s skepticism about his motivations and, finally, in a dramatic climax, against actual violence.

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To be young and inquisitive

In the stories collected in Days of Dreams and Laughter, Lucy Maud Montgomery captured the essence of what it is to be young and inquisitive, and they include what she considered to be some of her best writing. Montgomery’s keen eye and wistful heart give the tone of a universal quality.

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The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery cover 1911

Original cover of The Story Girl , 1911
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