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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  533,247 ratings  ·  9,940 reviews
The beloved original text now offered in a beautiful paperback edition by esteemed illustrator Inga Moore.

First published in 1911, The Secret Garden has entranced readers with the courage of two unhappy and withering children who become determined to make their lives, and the lives of others around them, more joyful. In this engaging unabridged edition, Inga Moore’s beauti
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published 1911)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 28, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG Top 100 Favorite Books (2011)
I am now confused. I do not know anymore what is my preference when it comes to books.

When I was a kid, I wanted to read only books with pictures like the illustrated "Alice in the Wonderland" or "Rip Van Winkle". Until I read "Silas Marner" with no pictures and I said, wow, books with no pictures are also great!

When I was a teenager, I said I don't like to read books that are hard to understand and read by adults until I read "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov and I said, wow, I did not know that th
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Shayantani Das
Except for the persistent India bashing, I loved this book. In fact Mistress Mary, I loved the ending so much that I forgive your English superiority complex. Next time you visit here though, allow me to take you on the ride across India, I hope your impression will change
Todd
Sep 07, 2007 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: classics
I know this book seems out of place among the fare I usually read, but hey, all I can say is that I like what I like. There is some intangible quality to this book that really strikes a chord in me. The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love, attention, and (forgive me an LDS joke) wholesome recreational activities, just somehow speaks Truth to me. I think this book has strong application to today's problems with the rising generation. I really believe that kids these days are ge ...more
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Book 27/100 of 2015

I had to read this for class, but I'm happy that I did! I read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett when I was younger and loved it, so I'm pleased that I had the chance to read this for a class.
Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to read an easy classic as I love her writing.
Gundula
I first read this wonderful and evocative story at around age twelve or thirteen (it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English, not counting books read for school). I simply adored The Secret Garden when I read it as a young teenager (or rather, a tween), I continued to love it when I reread it multiple times while at university, and I still loved the novel when I recently reread the story for the Children's Literature Group on Goodreads (and continue to love it).

I hon
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Alison
Jun 29, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gardeners; children
I seem to be the only woman I know who didn't read and cherish this book as a child. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about...

It took me a while to get in step with the tone of this book. The beginning was Jane Eyre-lite...Mary is orphaned and sent from India to England to live with her uncle, a stranger to her. The story progresses...and then....Mary's talking to a robin, and he's showing her where buried keys are. At that point, the mood shifted, and I sat back to enjoy not a literary
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Amy
I guess I didn't miss much by not reading this book as a child. I don't really understand why it became a classic. It starts out interestingly enough with a very gothic setting. A little British girl named Mary survives a cholera epidemic in India and is sent to Yorkshire to live with her distant relatives. The author gives a vivid description of the beauty of the moors and the mysterious mansion that the girl goes to live in. The only other interesting part is really when Mary discovers the boy ...more
Carol
MISTRESS MARY, QUITE CONTRARY. HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? WITH SILVER BELLS AND COCKLESHELLS. AND MARIGOLDS ALL IN A ROW."

This delightful children's classic, first published in 1911, pulled me right in with the cholera outbreak and continued with a bit of mystery, lots of magic and some pretty important learning experiences for both children and adults alike.

Not surprising this wonderful work is on the "100 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once" list. Enchanting super-fast read with a beauty

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Merna
1 star for a classic?
What a scandal.
Well, it is the first classic I'm giving 1 star for, so it’s fairly a big deal.
Although I did not finish this, I already know how the book wraps up. (view spoiler)

Here's the thing
Classics deal with universal ideas. The secret Garden deals with kids who struggle with weakened attention spans. Even though it's overdone now days, I can understand why it was so popular, say a century ago. I already no
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Simon
****SPOILERS****

OK, I must have read and loved this book 40 or so years ago. (Yikes!) I liked it a lot this time round, but it was troubling to me in several ways. It starts off as the story of Mary, a girl suffering from epic neglect. (Her entire household in Colonial India, parents, servants, everyone, die from cholera or flee the house with no-one bothering to think about her, leaving her alone, not knowing what's happening, if anyone is there, scavenging for food from unfinished meals on the
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Jamie
I finally read this after all these years. I loved the movies based on the book and now I have read it to see which version is the most accurate to the story. Frances Burnett made the characters fun, easy and enjoyable to read about! I especially liked the various point-of-views you read. From the staff, gardeners, and even the bird!
Jacquelyn
Genre: Historical fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12
Want to know the Secret? This book was written almost a century before Byrne and Oprah shared their version. The garden is only the beginning of the story of a brat, orphaned in India, who moves to huge lonely house in Yorkshire, England. It isn’t only the wind that haunts the moors, but the wails of her tyrant cousin. With the help of a local family, the two children learn to heal their bodies and minds with fresh air, exercise, and a little man
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Ferdy
Four stars because:

-I love ALL Children's books — classics and non-classics alike. I don't care how rubbish the story or characters are, I still end up loving them. There's just something charming about them.
There's no teenage angst, adult bullshit, love triangles, teens saving the world, insta-love or Mary Sues/Marty Sues (okay there is kind of one Mary Sue in TSG but he didn't bother me too much).
Its storytelling that doesn't rely 100% on cliched characters or tropey plot lines. Although they
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Yulia
Silly me, I looked through all the editions to find the one I grew up with, but had no luck. But this is what I wrote about it a few months ago:

In the third grade, I would have been hopelessly overwhelmed by my reading assignments had my father not offered to help by reading aloud every other chapter to me and having me read him the rest. We did this in the bedroom, as my mother openly complained how he made a travesty of the English language, with his Russian accent and his putting stress on th
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bibliophile (Romance Addict)

***3 Stars***

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This book is definitely better than I expected it to be. Although it took me a very long time to finish since it doesn't have much romance, but it was enjoyable to read about Mary and how she made friends, and family. I also really like the message this book gives, and it also shows how a person should always look on the bright side.

Another good point about this book is that there weren't hated characters at all. Mary, Colin, and Dickin were cute and adventurous. I don't partially
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Hana
The Secret Garden was first published in serial form beginning in 1910. It is a book about children, but it is not just a children's book.

Frances Hodgson Burnett uses the novel to explore the themes of mental and physical damage and healing. In contrast to the traditional Victorian literary trope of angelic children, the two main protagonists in The Secret Garden are extremely unlikable; yet despite, or even because of their flaws, they are able to heal others--and themselves. Along the way, Bur
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Cheryl
Frances Hodgson Burnett looked to gardening for healing from grief and mental collapse--she also believed in metaphysical healing. Every day she wrote in a "walled rose garden." She loved reading Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. It shows in this book.

Nature and fresh air--all symbolisms. How can someone write about these simple elements and leave you interested? They throw in a couple of children protagonists who are psychologically and physically healed from a hidden, charitable garden. They spri
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Rebecca McNutt
This timeless classic could easily be compared to Marianne Dreams or The Water and the Wild; it's a little outdated by modern standards but its powerful themes of effort, friendship and persistence reign supreme. Beautifully written, the text itself is filled with vibrant vocabulary and is almost lyrical. This is one book every kid should read at some point, I got it as a gift when I was eight years old and loved it.
Nikki
Two days after surgery to remove one of my internal organs, I think I can be forgiven for lapsing into extreme nostalgia... at least I haven't reached for my illustrated copy of Heidi yet? I didn't actually have an illustrated copy of The Secret Garden, growing up -- or if it did have illustrations, they were few and far between, and in black and white. But I read the book to bits (I still have a copy held together with brown tape), and even a non-visual person like me builds up some mental imag ...more
Robert
This story about how two children who managed to be both spoiled and neglected healed each other with the aid of a secret garden is something of a classic. I came across it in primary school and eventually got round to finding out if what I remembered as good really was: it is - fairly good, anyway. It becomes somewhat repetative in the latter half and the plot is entirely predictable from early on. It's also a bit over the top regarding the transformative power of nature and gardens. In fact (a ...more
Kathleen
"Oh, what a queer house this is!" Mary said. "What a queer house! Everything is a kind of secret. The rooms are locked up and the gardens are locked up, and you! Have you been locked up?"

! FREE audio version of this uplifting children's classic, set in Yorkshire, England, about 1910. Fine character development, inspirational and motivational themes, plus a good mystery. Granted, the author pushes the power of fresh air and Mother Nature a tad much, but she avoids pious judgmentalism, and I ador
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 25, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody, especially girls & women; animal and garden lovers; kids who have too much stuff
I read this book for the first time when I was nine, and unlike many books I loved back then I believe I read it only once or twice. I just reread it, finishing on 2/25/11, for a March 2011 discussion for the Children's Books group’s Fiction Books Club, one of the months chosen to read a classic vs. contemporary book. I’d remembered enough to give it 5 stars but not enough to review it, though I recalled the gist of the story well enough. I’m so glad I reread it now, nearly a half century after ...more
Dem
Having read The Secret Garden as a child I really wanted to read this book as an adult to see would I still feel the magic of the story many years on. Well I felt the magic just as I did many years ago.

This is a beautiful book and so well written, it has everything a story needs to fuel the imagination of a child, a big rambling house set on the moors, a secret garden, a couple of spoilt children and a big family who value life and friendships and put others needs before theirs.

I escaped in this
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Rebecca Recco
Mar 04, 2008 Rebecca Recco rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially young girls.
Recommended to Rebecca by: my Mom
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite book, ever! My Mom made me read it as a kid, and I really didn't want to. I put it off and put it off, and finally decided to just suck it up and read it. I think it took 10 pages for me to get completely hooked.

I think I loved the book so much because it was all about bringing about life and growth through love. All the main characters are sort of "forgotten" in some way or another, and they go on this adventure when Mary finds a key to a secret, walled garden. The garden ha
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
عنوان: باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم: شمس الملوک مصاحب؛ تاریخ نشر فرانکلین: 1340، در 338 ص
دخترکی ده ساله به نام «ماری لناکس» پدر و مادر خود را در هندوستان از دست میدهد. او را نزد عمویش به انگلستان میفرستند. عمویش مرد قوزی و بداخلاقی است که در جوانی زن زیبایش را از دست داده، و از آن پس در باغ زنش را بسته است. «ماری» به یاری پسر جوانی به نام «دیکون» در باغی را که سالهاست نگشوده اند، باز میکند و سپس پى میبرد که پسرعموى معلولش «کالین»، در
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed this children's tale which I've meant to read for quite some time now. I've been spending a lot of time painting so have finally gotten around to listening to some audiobooks. I'm including a link to my friend Kathleen's review because she includes links to Libravox where a person can find and download this book for free.

Kathleen's review

Frances Hodgson Burnett could give Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracey a run for the money in the area of motivation
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B-zee
Percaya, berpikir positif, dan terus bergerak. Segala hal yang awalnya tampak mustahil bisa menjadi nyata.

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.

Tentu saja di dunia ini pasti ada banyak Sihir, tapi orang tidak tahu seperti apa bentuknya dan bagaimana membuatnya. Mungkin awalnya cukup mengatakan hal-hal baik akan terjadi sampai kau m
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Zulfy Rahendra
Yang saya pikirkan ketika selesai membaca ini adalah, "apakah anak-anak indonesia sekarang udah baca buku ini? Buku ini amat sangat teramat jauh lebih layak dibaca dan mendidik dibandingkan nonton Coboy Junior nyanyi di tipi." *aiiiihh, seorang upi mikirin masalah tumbuh kembang anak bangsa!!* *kemudian dirukiyah* *okey, ini efek liat bocah 5 taun ngamuk-ngamuk karena ibunya mindahin channel tipi yang nayangin Coboy Junior* *Oh God Why* *saya ga akan membesarkan anak saya di indonesia* *ah belag ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Magic, family, illness, growing up.

I love this children's classic. It's about mysteries and being a child and magic and growing up. It's about friendship and realising who you are and what you can do.

Something that really struck me as I listened to this was how kids today would receive it. I think they'd be shocked at how happy Mary is at getting fat.

This is such an uplifting story, and I loved the hope throughout the pages.

Mary is such a hateful little girl at first but by the end of t
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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