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The Secret Garden [Kindle Edition]

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Book Description

When spoiled child Mary Lennox loses her family to a cholera outbreak, she moves to her uncle’s manor surrounded by a massive garden. Within, Mary discovers a whole new outlook on life thanks to a supportive household and the garden’s power of healing.


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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12)

From Publishers Weekly

Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140366660
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z614S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden January 30, 2013
By Alexis
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Like most books, this one is a lot better than its movie. It is written so beautifully that it just sweeps you away to another world, and you feel as if you live on the moor and Misselthwaite too. This is the best classic I've ever read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature gem, for any age March 26, 2014
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Although The Secret Garden is supposed to be a children's novel, in my opinion it's beneficial for any age. It left me speechless because it contains so much wisdom that was laid out in plain English, more than a century ago. No wonder it took a while before this Frances Hodgson Burnett's (last?) novel became widely popular and praised the way it more than deserves. One of the few books I can read again and again!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Classic October 14, 2013
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This was one of the novels I've always wanted to read. I'm glad I did! I don't think a movie could clearly do this justice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good children's story. January 30, 2013
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Haven't read this book since I was a child. It made me happy again. I would recommend this for a snowy winter's day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars seceret garden January 30, 2013
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loved it.have read before in paper back,many many years ago.the story still catch my imagenation,of the power of having great freinds who will do what ever it takes,to belive in your self.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden January 30, 2013
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This is a joyful and uplifting story that should appeal to young and old alike. I really liked it and it brought a smile to my heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book March 25, 2014
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My young daughters loved this book. We read it for a bedtime story and were entranced by the secret garden and Mistress Mary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story June 9, 2014
By KAREN
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Lovely story and beautifully told. I found hard to understand the Yorkshire manner of talking but the rest, awesomely descriptive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great Book
I had no idea this was a children's book when I started but I really enjoyed it. Very magical and feel good book for young and old.
Published 9 hours ago by Susie Moskowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars it was like living the secret while knowing the outcome
I was sorry when I finished the book...it was like living the secret while knowing the outcome.
Published 15 hours ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic story, kept my interest the entire time and would recommend reading.
Published 23 hours ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama
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Published 1 day ago by kya
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret garden
It's a darling, very readable book for all ages. Fun to read to children too young to read it themselves.
Published 1 day ago by Arlene Wallin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent book very well written the unexpected in the book was good
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
great read and very enchanting. I could not it down as it was quite enchanting. if you have not read this book pick it up. I promise you will like it
Published 2 days ago by lynne scholfield
5.0 out of 5 stars ... those to re read in old age and still enjoy. A good classic
One of those to re read in old age and still enjoy. A good classic.
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Published 3 days ago by Michelle lainez
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret garden
Excellent book to read !!! I thoroughly enjoyed it ! So well written that I could imagine all the details.....makes u feel like you're right there.
Published 4 days ago by Robert Baca
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