The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The classic story of how an unhappy little girl who belives that she is an invalide is transformed by the wonders of nature is a deeply touching one which provides hope and optimisim to readers. When misrerable Mary Lennox is taken out into the garden, she is sure she will hate it. But then she meets Dickon, the garden boy who reveals to her the wonders of nature held within the secret garden with simple and absolute delight. Dickon also describes his family revealing to Mary as he does so some important truths about the bonds of kinship and loyalty. The magical spell that the garden weaves over Mary and the way that it changes her her physically and spiritually. readers will have their eyes opened too.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The discovery of a mysterious and neglected garden is the key which unlocks the future of two hitherto lonely children. Mary, recently orphaned, and Colin, who is thought to be bedridden.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

People never like me and I never like people, Mary thought.' When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too. Mary is pale, spoilt and quite contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine...

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Mary is a tough feisty character, who manages to turn a whole household, and the lives of those in it, completely upside down... The book is brim full of magic and joy.

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her mother moved to Knoxville, Tenessee in 1865. Miss Hodgson began writing for magazines soon after. Her first widely-known story appeared in "Scribner's Magazine" in 1872.

Frances married Dr. L. M. Burnett of Washington D.C. in 1873. In 1898 she divorced Dr. Burnett and married Mr. Stephen Townsend in 1900.

Her reputation as a novelist was made with her story of Lancashire life, That Lass o' Lowrie's. A number of other works followed, with Through One Administration and A Lady of Quality as the most notable.

In 1886 she published the Little Lord Fauntleroy, which was dramatized during her life and (now safely out of copyright) continues as videos and movies. Her children's books, including the marvelous Secret Garden and Sara Crew (later rewritten to become: A Little Princess) are what she is best known for today, but her romance novels were very popular during her lifetime.

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage

Publication date

2nd August 2012




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