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The Secret Garden

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean

Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina

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The Secret Garden Review

Classic Fiction Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean’s retelling of The Secret Garden captures the wonder and magic of the much-loved original as well as bringing the main characters vividly to life.

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2021

A spoilt, lonely and unhappy child, Mary Lennox’s life in India is brought to an abrupt end when her parents die. Uprooted from everything she knows she is sent to live with an unknown relative in a cold and mysteriously sad house in Yorkshire. Mary cannot unlock the mystery but, with the help of Martha, the cheerful servant who looks after her, she begins to explore outdoors and in particular to discover a secret garden. The power of nature to unlock Mary’s unhappiness, especially when harnessed to the natural goodness of Martha’s brother Dickon is as delightful here as in the original. Equally moving is Mary’s influence on her invalid cousin Colin who she transforms into a happy and healthy son whom his father can love. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Editor at Nosy Crow says:  “Every now and then, a little bit of magic happens, and you publish a book that is even more extraordinary than you had dared hope. Margarita’s atmospheric illustrations instantly transport us to another world whilst Geraldine’s masterly and moving retelling reminds us how seeds can take root in the unlikeliest of places and blossom and grow. This favourite tale has come alive again for a whole new generation and will be a book that children return to again and again, something that I can promise most assuredly.”

This lavishly illustrated version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale is part of a series of Nosy Crow classics, created with high production values and beautiful art, to bring old favourites to a new generation.


Julia Eccleshare's Picks for September 2021

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve

Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World by Konnie Huq

The Hideaway by Pam Smy

The Secret Garden by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl by Stella Caldwell & Quentin Blake



The Secret Garden Synopsis

When Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor, she is the most spoiled and contrary child you could ever meet. But she is also extremely lonely. Until one day, she discovers a walled garden that has been kept secret for years. With the help of a little robin, Mary unearths the key and unlocks the wonder that lies beyond the garden walls – and finds that making friends can be every bit life-changing as a magical garden.

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ISBN: 9781839943140
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrator: Margarita Kukhtina
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, Family / Home Stories
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About Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Daisy. Read more about the author here. Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean: 'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write ...

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