When brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan child to help them on the Green Gables farm, Anne Shirley is not the kind of child they have in mind. Matthew arrives at the train station expecting to meet a boy, but the orphanage sends eleven-year-old Anne by mistake. Free-spirited Anne presents a challenge to Marilla, who tries to impart the importance of manners and proper ladylike behavior to her. But Anne soon becomes an essential and beneficial part of the Cuthbert's lives. This unabridged version of Canadian author Lucy Maude Montgomery's coming-of-age story was first published in 1908.