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Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery

Maud, by Melanie J. Fishbane

Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery is a novel by Melanie J. Fishbane based on L.M. Montgomery’s teen years in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. It was published as a jacketed hardcover by Penguin Teen Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, in April 2017. A trade paperback edition appeared in October 2018.

Maud was shortlisted for a 2018 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, under its “Children’s/Young Adult” category.

From the Dust Jacket

For the first time ever, a novel about the teen years of 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, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott, become a writer. 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 school. 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 dream of being a writer is much more important.

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


Cast of Characters (ix–xiii)

Book One
Maud of Cavendish
Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, 1889–1890

Book Two
Maud of Prince Albert

Book Three
Maud of the Island

References (367)

More about Maud and Her Times (368–74)

What Happened to Maud’s Friends (375–77)

Further Reading (378–81)

In Gratitude (382–86)


Author: Melanie J. Fishbane
Publisher: Penguin Teen Canada (Toronto)
Date: 2017/2018
Format: Jacketed hardcover/Trade paperback
Trim: 6.32” x 9.27”
Pagination: xiv + 386 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-14-319125-4/978-0-14-319126-1

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