The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author)

The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a magical novel for adults and children alike

‘I’ve stolen a garden,’ she said very fast. ‘It isn’t mine. It isn’t anybody’s. Nobody wants it, nobody cares for it, nobody ever goes into it. Perhaps everything is dead in it already; I don’t know.’

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

With a heartwarming introduction by Sophie Dahl
  • A behind-the-scenes jounrey, including an author profile, a guide to who’s who, activities and more…
  • a much-loved classic

Complete and unabridged.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester. She had a very poor upbringing and used to escape from the horror of her surroundings by writing stories. In 1865 her family emigrated to the USA where she married and became the successful author of many children’s books including Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.

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Puffin Classics

Date published

March 6th, 2008

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  • 368 pages




Frances Hodgson Burnett


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  1. rekasz
    on 25 January 2015

    I think it’s a lovely story

    5out of 5
  2. MaddieandMillie
    on 8 March 2014

    I love classics. Mary Lennox is the best!

  3. bookworm823
    on 7 March 2014

    Best. Book. Ever!

  4. heart29
    on 6 March 2014

    Such a beautiful classic has to be one of my favourites. I also love the film!

    5out of 5
  5. ninjastickman
    on 8 March 2013

    The secret garden is a classic tale of a girl called mary, who’s parents die of cholera in india and she has been sent to mistlethwait manor in yorkshire. This books is one of those books that when you start reading you find it impossible to put it down! I would recommend this book for readers aged 8-12

    4out of 5
  6. bouncybunny
    on 4 March 2013

    I got this book from a mate at school and didn’t enjoy it much untill I got to the bit were she got the key.I didn’t like mary lennox she was spolit and like and acted like a brat I did feel sorry for her when her parents died .

  7. catlover96
    on 4 March 2013

    The Secret Garden is a masterpiece. It’s such a touching, charming story filled with unforgetable characters. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

  8. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    The secret gardens a classic, and I think everyone should read it. I remember reading it in year 5 with class and being utterly entranced by the words and the colour that could be portrayed in such plainly printed pages. I think it was one of the first times I looked at books as a kind of work of art. When I read it again, I just couldn’t put it down. Whether it was the love for a book that can change someone so much, or the sheer fact that it is just so enjoyable, I don’t know, but everyone should read it, I think, as it sets teh standard of literature very high!

  9. StarstoneShyElk
    on 2 March 2012

    my family love it everyone should its a fab book!

  10. toastandbutter
    on 30 March 2011

    the authers roald dahls daughter i think

  11. jdu1
    on 31 July 2008

    I thought that it was enchanting. It was as if I was inside mary’s world!

    5out of 5
  12. Wish-I-Was-Taken
    on 7 March 2008

    I loved it I will probably read it 40,99,9,9,9,8,7,6,7,4954356435,00,000 times!

    5out of 5