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The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
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Aug 25, 12

bookshelves: 2012, kids-books-i-would-recommend
Read in August, 2012

Before picking up the book, I had no idea that it was closely based on The Secret Garden. I just knew Ellen Potter wrote it, and I think she's an excellent writer. Honestly, if the inside cover hadn't mentioned The Secret Garden, I still wouldn't have known for a while, because it was not immediately obvious. (Once it becomes obvious, though, it is quite obvious.) I know some readers haven't liked how closely it mirrors the original story, but I thought the characters and setting were unique enough for the book to stand alone. And I really enjoyed reading it. I kept feeling like Ms. Potter was going to introduce something magical or fantastic, but any magic was fully believable and not really classified as magic. More like mysteries of life. This book made me want to go reread The Secret Garden right away, which I think makes it a rather fitting tribute to an excellent book. Those unfamiliar with Burnett's work should find it enjoyable on its own, while Secret Garden fans will probably enjoy seeing how various story elements parallel the original.
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Michael Jones a good one for 11 to 12-year-old girls? Process of discovery?


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