It is accepted that the details of an author’s life will sometimes affect their work, whether they realize it or not. Often, authors will insert the smallest personal details into their text and it is only through their journals or letters that we can discover the reasons why.
Road to Avonlea is set in a small town on Prince Edward Island, on the East Coast of Canada. The reach of the show, however, spans the entire globe! The series has been broadcast around the world in dozens of languages. In French, it is known as “Les contes d’Avonlea”; in Spanish, it is “Camino a Avonlea”; it is “Tie Avonleaan” in Finland, and “Váratlan utazás” in Hungary.
Before Sarah Polley became synonymous with The Story Girl in Kevin Sullivan’s Road to Avonlea series, she portrayed another one of L.M. Montgomery famous characters in Sullivan’s film adaptation of Jane of Lantern Hill. Polley won a Gemini Award for her performance as the young orphan girl, Josephine Turner, in this award-winning movie.