The Hope Chest of Arabella King is the tenth of twenty-nine titles in the Road to Avonlea storybook series, “based on the Sullivan Films productions adapted from the novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery.” Written by Linda Zwicker and based on the episode of the same name by Heather Conkie, it was first published in Canada by HarperCollins in 1991 and reprinted in the U.S. by Bantam Skylark in 1992. It was preceded by Felicity’s Challenge and followed by Nothing Endures but Change.
From the Back Cover
When Aunt Arabella’s hope chest is finally opened after fifty years, the King family is dismayed to find only the tattered remains of her trusseau [sic]. But Sara is not to be discouraged. Sure that something else, something important, is hidden in that chest, she enlists the aid of Aunt Olivia, the Avonlea Chronicle’s newest reporter, to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Adapted from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed television series, the magical adventures of “The Story Girl” continue—in the spirit and tradition of Lucy Maud Montgomery—for a new generation of young readers.
Review by Joan McGrath.
Author: Linda Zwicker
Publishers: HarperCollins (Toronto); Bantam Skylark (New York)
Date: 1991 (Canada); 1992 (USA)
Pagination: vi + 122 pp.
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 7.58″ x 5.25″
ISBN: 0-00-647043-2 (Canada), 0-553-48036-7 (USA)
Series: Road to Avonlea