When orphaned Pollyanna Whittier comes to live with her stern maiden aunt, the entire town of Beldingsville is affected by the bubbly nature of this lively eleven-year-old. Not only is she perpetually cheerful, she also brightens the lives of everyone she meets. How does Pollyanna manage to be so eternally optimistic? How does she spread her bright outlook among the sick, sad, and abrasive people of the town and transform the life of her lonely aunt? It's the 'glad game,' she says, describing the antidote to hardship and depressed spirits. But in a serious accident, the town almost loses its 'Glad Girl,' and everyone looks for a way to make this youngster happy again. Translated into a number of languages since its original publication in 1913, Pollyanna has been made into a Broadway play, as well as a popular motion picture starring Hayley Mills. One of the best-loved stories for children of all time, this classic -- along with its spirited heroine -- will inspire readers for years to come.