The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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Baker & Taylor
An orphan, sent from India to England to live with her unpleasant uncle, discovers an abandoned and unusual garden on the north country estate

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An ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and a mysterious locked garden.

Simon and Schuster
With a new movie coming in 2020, it’s time to rediscover Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story of a little girl, a mysterious hidden garden, and the healing power of nature.

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.

Publisher: New York Aladdin 1999
ISBN: 9780689831416
Characteristics: 386 p. PB


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Jun 17, 2019

What an incredibly wonderful book, worth reading and re-reading every several years. I resonate to different pieces each time.

Among the things that struck me this time: In the book, the ending is only about Colin and his father. Mary is completely forgotten! So odd. The movie screenplay addresses this issue.

Jun 02, 2019

Really heavy book hard to carry around.

Mar 28, 2019

I really love this book. I remember reading it when I was younger and got bored or lost my bookmark and gave up. But reading it again I was completely over come with joy! This book is definitely amazing, and it’s hard not to fall in love with th characters! An amazing book I would definitely recommend to an older crowd.

Nov 30, 2018

This is a very interesting book! I particularly enjoyed reading aloud the Yorkshire Talk - It sounds so cool. Good readers from the age of 8 will love this book!

ArapahoeMarcia Aug 07, 2018

A classic tale of the transformative power of friendship and love. It's wonderful seeing these children flourish at last.

JCLKarynH Jun 07, 2018

A timeless children's novel about the healing power of nature, having a life purpose, and positive thinking. The illustrations by Inga Moore are delightful and have a soft, watercolor quality. A great book for adults to revisit and hopefully pass along to the next generation. There are some teachable moments about how the people of India were treated while colonized by Great Britain.

Sep 17, 2017

The Secret Garden was a book I initially ignored due to its complex Yorkshire, but later on it was back in my hands and I flew by it in a breeze. There is no doubt as to why this is called a classic because the novel is in-depth yet precise alongside an original and complex plotline. Every character is touched by the author so lightly but it seems like they are springing out with emotion and feeling. Here it begins; the story of sour little Mary who has been spoiled to the brim by the servants in her palace in India. Used to getting what she wants and feeling devoid of emotion, Mary is neglected by her posh mother and busy father even up until a sickness spreads throughout the entire palace. Suddenly Mary is all alone and begins her journey in a world that such a sorrowful girl cannot comprehend nor adapt to. When she arrives at her guardian’s house, secrets unfold and Mary catches herself changing and brightening as she runs through the Meadow, the gardens and the meetings she has with characters. From the maid to Caleb, every character means so much and I find immense pleasure in reading through this story. I began to notice that everything that was added into this story, from the dialect to the sorrow and background of Mary all adds up and results to a significant brilliance. I recommend reading this anytime, but especially during jet lag because that’s when I most enjoyed my read! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeJeremiah Jul 01, 2017

This is a great book for all ages about the power of renewal found in nature and in friendship. Highly recommended!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 02, 2017

I like the mystery of it and helping someone learn to love again and see the beauty of how he sees the world! ~Rebecca, age 11

Dec 03, 2016

While this book has garnered widespread praise for many years, even by trying to see it through the eyes of a 12-year-old, I didn't get much out of it. I've recently read several books that fall into the YA or juvenile category such as The Hunting of the Snark and Ms. Bixby's Last Day, both of which I found more satisfying. There's no denying this book has a good deal of charm, but it's very dated, very English and lacks both the realism and wonderful character portrayals of Ms Bixby and the infectious silliness of The Snark. I found it overly sweet and at times simply boring. I suspect a 12-year-old today would feel the same. Modern writers such as John Green are able to produce books that feature children and young adults or are largely aimed at YA readers and still appeal to mature readers. I'm afraid that our world has left books like The Secret Garden behind.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine..."

Jun 25, 2016

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

Jun 29, 2015

"Is Colin a hunchback?" Mary asked. He didn't look like one.

eldynarzu Jul 28, 2014

That night Colin slept without once awakening, and when he opened his eyes in the morning he lay still and smiled without knowing it-smiled because he felt so curiosly comfortable. It was actually nice to be awake, and he turned over and stretched his limbs luxuriously."

Oct 18, 2013

That night Colin slept without once awakening, and when he opened his eyes in the morning he lay still and smiled without knowing it-smiled because he felt so curiosly comfortable. It was actually nice to be awake, and he turned over and stretched his limbs luxuriously."


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Jun 24, 2016

This book takes you through a beautiful story of a girl learning to love and care.

Jun 29, 2015

This book explains when Mary goes to a new home, she is spoiled and later on she finds a friend and a place where she hides.


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