From the Publisher
Mary Lennox was horrid. Selfish and spoilt, she was sent to stay
with her hunchback uncle in Yorkshire. She hated it.
But when she finds the way into a secret garden and begins to tend
it, a change comes over her and her life. Shee meets and befriends
a local boy, the talented Dickon, and comes across her sickly
cousin Colin who had been kept hidden from her. Between them, the
three children work astonishing magic in themselves and those
The Secret Garden is one of the best-loved stories of all
12 cm x 20 cm 221 page paperback.
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote for children and adults, publishing both plays and novels. She was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her father, who owned a furniture store, died when she was only four years old. Her mother struggled to keep the family business running while trying to raise five children. Finally, because of the failing Manchester economy, the family sold the store and immigrated to the United States. In 1865 they settled just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hoping to offset her family's continuing financial troubles, Burnett began to submit her stories to women's magazines. She was immediately successful. In the late 1860s her stories were published in nearly every popular American magazine. Burnett helped to support her family with income from the sale of her stories, even saving enough to finance a trip back to England, where she stayed for over a year. In 1879, Burnett published her first stories for children; two of her most popular are A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. In contrast to an extremely successful career, Burnett's personal life held many challenges. Her son Lionel was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 15, from which he never recovered. His death inspired several stories about dead or dying children. Burnett lived her later years on Long Island, New York. She died in 1924.
About the Book
Grade 3 Up Burnett's classic story of a disagreeable and
self-centered little girl and her equally disagreeable invalid
cousin is as real and wise and enthralling now as it was when it
was first written over 75 years ago. The strength of her
characterizations pulls readers into the story, and the depth
inherent in the seemingly simple plot continues to make this
sometimes forgotten story as vital to the maturation of young
readers as Tom Sawyer and Little Women. Hague's illustrations
enhance the story beautifully, capturing as they do, both the
old-fashioned and timeless quality of the tale. The charm, clarity,
and muted tones of Hague's paintings add dimension to each part of
the tale. A reissue of an old classic to be treasured by a new
generation of children (and their parents)! Constance A. Mellon,
Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina
University, Greenville, N.C.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: January 8, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853261041
ISBN - 13: 9781853261046