The Secret Garden

By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Illustrated by Peter Bailey

Age range: 9–11

ISBN: 9781847495730

368 pages

RRP: £6.39

After her parents die of cholera in India, Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle in his gloomy house in Yorkshire, where she leads a lonely and neglected life, with nothing to do apart from exploring her surroundings. One day she discovers a walled garden which has been locked up, and becomes determined to enter it and find out its secret and the source of the mysterious crying sound that can be heard nearby.

A powerful tale of regeneration and personal transformation, The Secret Garden has become one of the most popular children’s classics, and has continued to delight generations of young readers.

This edition contains extra material for young readers including a section on ‘Orphans in Children’s Classics’, a test yourself quiz and a glossary

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  • The Secret Garden should be on every child’s bookshelf.

    The Times

  • It is only the exceptional author who can write a book about children with sufficient skill, charm, simplicity and significance to make it acceptable to both young and old. Mrs Burnett is one of the few thus gifted.

    The New York Times

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was born in England and moved to the United States as a teenager. She is best remembered for her children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden.