The Story Girl

The Story Girl (L.C. Page and Company, 1911)
Cover art for The Story Girl, published by L.C. Page and Company in 1911.

The Story Girl is L.M. Montgomery’s fourth book, first published in May 1911 by Boston publisher L.C. Page and Company. The book focuses on eight merry children who spend an enchanted summer in Carlisle, Prince Edward Island, a group led by Sara Stanley, the title protagonist, who is renowned for her gifts in oral storytelling. It was preceded by Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910) and followed by Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), and the characters return in its sequel, The Golden Road (1913).

This book partly formed the basis for the popular television series Road to Avonlea (1990–1996), as did Chronicles of Avonlea, The Golden Road, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

Dedication

“To my cousin Frederica E. Campbell in remembrance of old days, old dreams, and old laughter.”

Epigraph

“She was a form of life and light / That seen, became a part of sight, / And rose, where’ver I turn’d mine eye, / The morning-star of Memory!” – Byron

Contents

I. The Home of Our Fathers

II. A Queen of Hearts

III. Legends of the Old Orchard

IV. The Wedding Veil of the Proud Princess

V. Peter Goes to Church

VI. The Mystery of Golden Milestone

VII. How Betty Sherman Won a Husband

VIII. A Tragedy of Childhood

IX. Magic Seed

X. A Daughter of Eve

XI. The Story Girl Does Penance

XII. The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward

XIII. An Old Proverb with a New Meaning

XIV. Forbidden Fruit

XV. A Disobedient Brother

XVI. The Ghostly Bell

XVII. The Proof of the Pudding

XVIII. How Kissing Was Discovered

XIX. A Dread Prophecy

XX. The Judgment Sunday

XXI. Dreamers of Dreams

XXII. The Dream Books

XXIII. Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On

XXIV. The Bewitchment of Pat

XXV. A Cup of Failure

XXVI. Peter Makes an Impression

XXVII. The Ordeal of Bitter Apples

XXVIII. The Tale of the Rainbow Bridge

XXIX. The Shadow Feared of Man

XXX. A Compound Letter

XXXI. On the Edge of Light and Dark

XXXII. The Opening of the Blue Chest