Yes, it is the same old story used over and over about an orphan. But Anne Shirley is no ordinary literary creation. In my opinion she is a masterpiece. And the author's attention to the details of life and the world around Anne is spellbinding. This story not only brings to life a lost era, but it also portrays a writing style that we may also have lost. This book is easily one of my classics. I have already read it several times in the past twenty years, but I have never read any of the books that follow in the series.