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The Story Girl (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972)

This edition of The Story Girl was published by as a jacketed hardcover by McGraw-Hill Ryerson (Toronto) in 1972. It reprints, with a new cover, the 1944 edition published by The Ryerson Press, which had amalgamated with McGraw-Hill to form McGraw-Hill Ryerson in 1970. Like the 1944 edition, this one is reprinted from the plates of the original edition (published by L.C. Page and Company in 1911), with a new table of contents, a new copyright page, and new jacket copy. A paperback edition of this edition, with the same cover, appeared in 1986.

The Story Girl } { The Story Girl: Editions } { McGraw-Hill Ryerson } { Editions, 1970–1979 }

The Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972): cover
Cover of The Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972); image by Patricia Stewart.


L.M. Montgomery


The Story Girl





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McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Publication Date



Print, jacketed hardcover, 7 7/8” x 5 3/8”, viii + 365 pp.

Cover Artist

Patricia Stewart

Dust Jacket Flap Copy

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the world-famous Anne books, works her magic again in this unusual and highly entertaining story set in the heart of Prince Edward Island.

The young enchantress here is Sara Stanley, known affectionately as the Story Girl. Sara keeps her cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbours spellbound the whole summer with endless tales and legends that capture the joy, humour and mystery of days gone by.

Lovable characters of all ages fill the pages of this delightful book: Sara’s playmates, the King children, Felicity, Cecily, Felix, Beverley and Dan; the “awkward man” who couldn’t talk to ladies; Peg Bowen, the witch who cast terrible spells upon all her enemies; Peter Craig, the love-struck hired boy; and weeping Sara Ray, whose mother forbade her to join in any fun.

When The Story Girl was originally published in 1910 [sic], the Toronto Globe wrote of it: “It will be read and, we venture to predict, reread many times, for there is a freshness and sweetness about it which will help to lift the load of care, to cheer the weary and to make brighter still the life of the carefree and the happy.” Thousands of readers continue to agree with that verdict.

Over the years Lucy Maud Montgomery has won thousands of readers throughout the world with her entertaining novels, which, like the ever popular Anne of Green Gables, grew out of the author’s own life.

Born in 1874 at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, L.M. Montgomery was brought up by her grandparents at Cavendish, P.E.I. While still in her teens, she taught school at Bideford and Elleslie, P.E.I. Returning to Cavendish at twenty she met the Reverend Ewan MacDonald [sic], a Presbyterian minister, whom she married in 1911. They had two sons and eventually settled in Toronto, where they lived from 1935 to 1942. Mrs. MacDonald [sic] died in 1942, just as the first Canadian editions of her books were being published.

“Green Gables” and the surrounding farmlands of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s girlhood have been included in the National Park of Prince Edward Island. Many spots in the district, made famous by her writing, have been preserved as they were described in her books.

Back Cover Copy

Books by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Chronicles of Avonlea
Further Chronicles of Avonlea
The Story Girl
Kilmeny of the Orchard
The Golden Road


(i) [Half-Title Page]

(ii) The Novels of L.M. Montgomery ¶ Canada Edition

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Chronicles of Avonlea
Kilmeny of the Orchard
The Golden Road
The Story Girl
Further Chronicles of Avonlea

(iii) [Title Page, including epigraph]

(iv) [Copyright Page]

(v) [Dedication]

(vi) [Blank Page]

(vii–viii) Contents

(1–365) [Chapters 1–32]

Copyright Statement

Copyright, 1910 [sic] ¶ By L. C. Page & Company (Incorporated)
Entered at Stationers’ Hall, London

Printing History

First Canadian Edition, September, 1944
6 7 8 9 10   EP   6 5 4 3 2 [Sixth printing, 1972]
7 8 9 10   JD   10 9 8 7 6 5 [Seventh printing, 1975]

First Paperback Edition, June, 1986
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 D 5 4 3 2 1 0 9 8 7 6 [First printing, 1986]

Please contact the site owner if you have any information about later printings.


0-7700-0196-3 (hardcover), 0-07-549204-0 (paperback)


Like the 1944 edition published by the Ryerson Press, this edition reprints from the plates of the original edition, published by L.C. Page and Company in 1911, omitting the frontispiece and the ads for Page’s books in the end matter. The list of Montgomery’s books, the title page, the copyright page, and the contents page are reprinted from the 1944 edition, except for the change in publisher’s name on the title page.

Once again, the original copyright date is listed erroneously as 1910; it should be 1911.

The epigraph and the dedication are included.


Copy of the 1975 printing is part of the site owner’s personal collection; the scanned cover image above is of that copy. Thanks to Joanne Lebold, Rachel Maxton, and Kate Sutherland for providing information about later printings.

This page last updated on 14 January 2022. Please contact the site owner with additions, corrections, questions, and suggestions.