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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product Description

“People never like me and I never like people,” Mary thought.

When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everyone says she is the most disagreeable child ever seen. And it’s true. Mary is pale, spoiled and contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor; a garden that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she steps into the most magical place anyone could imagine…

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780099572954

Publisher

Vintage Children's Classics

Date published

August 2nd, 2012

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

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. Evie 113313

    liz1212
    on 29 October 2015

    i love love love this book!!!when my mom bought me this book the cover looked seriously boring, but when i started reading it was truly magical it was like i stepped into this magical garden it made me cry towards the end a very heart touching story!!!

    5out of 5
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    appleberry
    on 11 October 2015

    a serious book and a nice one, too. But why does the author write about orphans? mary was an orphan in the secret garden and so was sara in a little princess

    5out of 5
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    thunderball72
    on 9 March 2013

    Great book!Love it!

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    ninjastickman
    on 8 March 2013

    The secret garden is a classic tale of a girl called mary, who’s parents die of cholera in india and she has been sent to mistlethwait manor in yorkshire. This books is one of those books that when you start reading you find it impossible to put it down! I would recommend this book for readers aged 8-12

    4out of 5
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    bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

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    catlover96
    on 6 March 2013

    The Secret Garden is a masterpiece. It’s such a touching, charming story filled with unforgetable characters. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!