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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author)

Suitable for 8 - 12 years

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After the death of her parents, orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire Moors. But the house is an unhappy one. A tragedy took place there there years before, and Mary’s uncle has never recovered. Miserable and lonely, Mary starts to explore the house’s gardens. There, led by a mischievous robin, she discovers a secret so important, so enchanting, that it will transform her life completely…

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Hardback

ISBN

9780192727992

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  • 320 pages
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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. Avatar owl 761790

    may112003
    on 23 June 2013

    Sad but happy at the end.I recommend this very very good book.

    5out of 5
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    PrincessLeyla
    on 26 April 2013

    you would not believe it but i told 10 of my friends about scholastic book club and now they all have a acount on it:))) i hope what i did was a use full and i recomended them this book and 7 of them have already started reading the book online, next book im going to recomend to them is called cookie written by jacquieline wilson im sorry everyone for all my spelling mistakes its because im in a rushh and dont have that much time left to go on the computer.