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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, orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle on the remote Yorkshire Moors. But his house, Misselthwaite Manor, is an unhappy one, scarred by a tragedy that took place many years before. Miserable and lonely, Mary starts to explore the house’s grounds. There, led by a mischievous robin, she stumbles across a secret walled garden. As if by magic, her life begins to change… A classic story which has delighted generations of readers, now in a beautiful Oxford edition.

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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

    on 7 March 2014

    I love how Mary totally transforms from spoilt brat to nice girl. Its the best classic ever.

  2. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 5 July 2013

    old fashioned in places but good. i liked this book because it follows the life of Mary when she goes to live in Misselthwaite manor. it changes her life in how she has made her two new friends and in doing so, changed theirs too.

    5out of 5
  3. Jane blonde 113694

    on 8 March 2013

    great book, recommend it

  4. Avatar bat 761713

    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
  5. Stargirl 113407

    on 6 March 2013

    i really loved this book because it showed that even a rude girl can be good

    5out of 5
  6. Avatar cat 761729

    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!

  7. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 3 March 2012

    A classic but still brilliant. I really enjoyed reading this and it reminded me of what a great story it is. I read the whole book in one day it was that good ! Great read for ages 10+

  8. Avatar lion 761782

    on 1 March 2012

    if you enjoyed the film you’ll love the book!

  9. Avatar cat 761729

    on 1 March 2012


  10. Evie 113313

    on 5 August 2011

    its a brilliant book and i can never get board of it

  11. Love stargirl 113412

    on 17 January 2011

    Brilliant the best book ever. If you enjoyed the book like me you will enjoy the film.

    5out of 5
  12. Gruffalo 113679

    on 30 December 2010

    It is a lovely book but the reason i rated it 4 out of 5 is beacuse i enjoy scary and exciting books

    4out of 5
  13. Butterfly small 107968

    on 26 August 2010

    I love this book dearly and the film but it is a bit sad in a away personly i would rate this 4 out of 5

    4out of 5
  14. Percy 112876

    on 19 January 2010

    I have watched the film and it is one of my faves!!