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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Nov 15, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

A book I've always heard about but never read. Glad I finally picked it up when I saw it at the library. Burnett writes in an elegant style for children – very descriptive and innocent. I read that she tried writing for adults, but couldn't break from her style. As an adult, I love her style and the feeling of optimism she weaves throughout her words.

She tells a hopeful and redemptive story about children and their transformation from ill, depressive, and entitled to energetic and happy, thanks to the "magic" in the secret garden. What I like most is how these children find their hope and courage all by themselves, without anyone teaching the way, yet there are adults who act as guides, who push the children in the direction they know they ought to go. I skimmed in a few parts when I got the idea and was tired of reading through all the descriptions to get the story moving again. Burnett did a great job creating characters that needed improvement without making the reader dislike them too much. She gave us hope in their transformation, I suppose, which mirrors the hope you feel when they stumble upon a garden that appears forgotten and ugly.

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Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & The Secret Garden is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...

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