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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he's away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle's vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven't heard, spiking Mary's curiosity.

The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. Commonsense, truth and kindness, compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story. It is the best known of Frances Hodgson Burnett's works, though most of us have definitely heard of, if not read, her other novel Little Lord Fauntleroy.

The book has been adapted extensively on stage, film and television and translated into all the world's major languages. In 1991, a Japanese anime version was launched for television in Japan. It remains a popular and beloved story of a child's journey into maturity, and a must-read for every child, parent, teacher and anyone who would enjoy this fascinating glimpse of childhood.

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In Honor of Lisa Hart's 9th Birthday

THE SECRET GARDEN

BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT

Author of

"The Shuttle," "The Making of a Marchioness," "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst," "The Lass o' Lowries," "Through One Administration," "Little Lord Fauntleroy," "A Lady of Quality," etc.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER TITLE

I THERE IS NO ONE LEFT II MISTRESS MARY QUITE CONTRARY III ACROSS THE MOOR IV MARTHA V THE CRY IN THE CORRIDOR VI "THERE WAS SOME ONE CRYING THERE WAS!" VII THE KEY TO THE GARDEN VIII THE ROBIN WHO SHOWED THE WAY IX THE STRANGEST HOUSE ANY ONE EVER LIVED IN X DICKON XI THE NEST OF THE MISSEL THRUSH XII "MIGHT I HAVE A BIT OF EARTH?" XIII "I AM COLIN" XIV A YOUNG RAJAH XV NEST BUILDING XVI "I WON'T!" SAID MARY XVII A TANTRUM XVIII "THA' MUNNOT WASTE NO TIME" XIX "IT HAS COME!" XX "I SHALL LIVE FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!" XXI BEN WEATHERSTAFF XXII WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN XXIII MAGIC XIV "LET THEM LAUGH" XXV THE CURTAIN XXVI "IT'S MOTHER!" XXVII IN THE GARDEN

THE SECRET GARDEN

BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT

CHAPTER I

THERE IS NO ONE LEFT

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable looking child ever seen... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 5, 2014
Subject: the secret garden
Funny slang and accent, and interesting book.
Reviewer: - May 4, 2014
Subject: The Secret Garden
What a wonderful story for both child and adult. The reader has a British accent (I guess that is, anyway) and she is a perfect match for this story. Perhaps she picked this as one she knew she could shine in? She definitely did.
Reviewer: - November 24, 2013
I am listening to this book with my two sons. They enjoy it immensely and always ask for one more chapter. I am selfishly having them listen with me as I am reading it for a book/discussion club. It's fun to have a "native" narrator with an accent like the setting in the book. Thank you for providing this for us.
Reviewer: - September 10, 2013
I think it's a very good book to read.
July 28, 2013
The narrator talks fast.
Reviewer: - May 1, 2013
Subject: Narrator
What a lovely voice with great expression! She is as charming as this book.
Reviewer: - April 24, 2013
This book is so amazing
Reviewer: - April 24, 2013
Hello.. to me this book is very good at chapter 11.. I like Dickon... He's cool... but Mary is getting very happy... i like the both of them.. Martha is very good to her.. she is very awesome!
Reviewer: - April 22, 2013
Subject: Love!!!
Love the story and the narrator!
Reviewer: - March 25, 2013
Subject: Wow
Me love love love! I like the story!


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