The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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Opening the door into the innermost places of the heart, The Secret Garden is a timeless classic that has left generations of readers with warm, lifelong memories of its magical charms.

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen…
 
So begins the famous opening of one of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. First published in 1911, this is the poignant tale of a lonely little girl, orphaned and sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place, but with the help of the local boy Dickon, who earns the trust of the moor’s wild animals with his honesty and love, the invalid Colin, a spoiled, unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden, Mary is eventually overcome by the mystery of life itself—its birth and renewal, its love and joy. 
 
With an Afterword by Sandra M. Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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jsmusic2020
Jan 13, 2021

Overall, lovely story and message to read to 6 year old. Cautionary note, beginning may be a bit rough for young ones. Parents can simply adjust as needed. Yet don't give up and miss out on an inspirational story of will power, benefits of positive thinking, having faith in oneself and knowing that there is magic/faith greater than any of us... even during the darkest of times.

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aishaesa
Jan 05, 2021

Amazing, fresh story, about hope, joy, and the wonders of living!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 30, 2020

The Secret Garden is a cheerful story about the power of hope, joy, and family. Readers will be intrigued by the obvious and drastic character development that takes place in this book. The author manages to tell the story of a young girl who learns to become appreciative of the world around her. While The Secret Garden is an older story, it does carry certain elements and themes that are relevant in this day. There are many elements of the story that align with various genres, which allows it to be a favourite of many. Overall, this novel is very comprehensive, intriguing, and informative… a great read! @avidreader16 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Keogh
Oct 27, 2020

A classic book appealing to adults as much as children, with themes of hope, growth, magic, and possibility as a young girl finds new life for herself in the remote home of a reclusive uncle.

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red_leopard_636
Oct 19, 2020

anyone looking for a lexile # its 970L great for 6th graders

jrbubbles1 Oct 16, 2020

I grew up with this classic story. My mom used to read it to my sister and I every winter in front of the fireplace. I love the story even now. It is something I think every child should read or have read to them.

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wyenotgo
Sep 27, 2020

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.

This book is one of my favourites of all time. I love the story it's beautiful/sad it gives all the emotions. I love how Mary grows and becomes a happier child while staying in England. I love the details of the gardens and everything. It really makes you feel like your there. Also how the relationships of the characters in the story come together.

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EljayJohnson
May 08, 2020

Entertaining, engaging, and wholesome. I somehow missed this classic of children's literature (and have never seen any of the movie versions either!). I liked it, but Burnett's A Little Princess is her masterpiece.

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gernotg
Jan 22, 2020

Our daughter started with the Little Golden Book version of this when she was two years old and loved it, and moved to a slightly abridged version by three and then soon to the full librivox audiobook version before she was four. It was her first "real" book ever, and she has listened to it dozens of times by now.

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Oct 19, 2020

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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..."

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Falcon_12
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.”

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Kingsley Zhong
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."

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MADKC4Ever
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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Harrypotter_1
Jun 24, 2016

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

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Kingsley Zhong
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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