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A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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“I pretend I am a princess, so that I can try and behave like one.”

Parted from her beloved father and sent miles from home, it is very hard for Sara Crewe to like her new life at boarding school. Luckily, Sara is always dreaming up wonderful things, and her gift for telling stories wins her lots of friends. But when a letter brings disastrous news, the wicked headmistress Miss Minchin forces Sara to become a servant. Her lovely clothes and toys are taken away, and she is made to work from dawn until midnight. How will Sara cope with her newfound poverty? Can her imagination help her overcome this awful turn of fate?

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Vintage Children's Classics

Date published

September 6th, 2012




Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in 1849 in Manchester but when her father died Frances’s mother emigrated with her sons and daughters to Tennessee in the United States. Life there was harsh and they were quite poor but the young Frances would entertain herself and her siblings with stories. And then in 1868, at the age of eighteen, she went out with her sister to pick grapes and made enough money from that job to buy paper and stamps. She wrote out a romantic tale and sent it off to a magazine. Marvellously, her story was accepted and from that day forward she became the breadwinner in her family, writing up to six stories a month.

When she married a man called Swan Burnett in 1872, she kept up her writing. Frances’s two sons, Lionel and Vivian, would sleep beneath her desk as toddlers. It was unusual for a woman to earn her own money and support her family in the way that Frances did so people in nineteenth-century England and America were very surprised. Many newspapers and magazines were interested in her private life and wrote about her, much like they do about celebrities today.

In 1890, something very sad happened and Frances‘s son, Lionel, died at the age of sixteen. When she wrote about Colin in The Secret Garden Frances might have been thinking about her own son and wishing that his sickness could have been cured. Her other son, Vivian, lived and Frances once made him a real velvet suit. The sight of him in his smart suit inspired her to write her book Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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  1. Avatar princess 761798

    on 11 October 2015

    i like this book alot.

    5out of 5
  2. Hayley 113303

    on 24 October 2014

    Such a beautiful and emotional classic. I recommend any girl 11+ reading this.:)

    5out of 5
  3. Storm 113293

    on 25 September 2014

    IT IT SO GREAT!!!! This book is great I loved it solo much

  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2014

    I had me crying

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar bat 761713

    on 5 March 2014

    Thumps up

  6. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 5 March 2014

    This book is heart-clenching!Its such a great story.My all-time faveourite!

    5out of 5
  7. Jane blonde 113694

    on 7 March 2013

    i love this can easily imagine things while you’re reading

  8. Avatar cat 761729

    on 6 March 2013

    One of the sweetest children’s books I’ve ever read! I love this author – her “The Secret Garden” is wonderful too. It’s such a touching story.

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    on 1 December 2012

    An amazing book. It’s sooo much beater then the movie it makes you feel warm and fuzzy and entertains you throughout the whole book

    5out of 5