The Secret Garden
Illustrated by Peter Bailey
Age range: 9–11
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.
The Secret Garden should be on every child’s bookshelf.
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 (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.