As sound at Young Writers Loft:
There is something bewitching about a growing garden. The tiny green shoots sprouting up from winter-worn ground and inflexible buds transforming themselves into magnificent blossoms. The living, breathing, teeming kingdom that exists in the dirt – tiny creatures and glossy leaves all squirming towards the sun. The cheery robin in the tree above, chirping happily for all to hear.
Ten-year old Mary Lennox knows nothing about these kinds of gardens. The only garden she’s heard of is from the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.” Mary is an unhappy little girl, sour and spoiled, and has been largely ignored by her parents – her father, an English Army captain serving in India, and her mother, a flighty socialite – for all of her life. When Mary’s parents die and she is sent to live with her elusive uncle Archibald Craven on the wild English moor, her life changes dramatically. But she quickly realizes that the moor and the enormous, drafty mansion of Archibald Craven hold many secrets.
The Secret Garden is ripe with lessons that transcend any traditional age barrier. With her rich descriptions and seamless dialogue, author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the beauty of growth in the literal and figurative sense. Long after you finish reading the novel, you’ll have visions of the Secret Garden, and the characters who made it grow.
A must have classic!
Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett