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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  855,916 ratings  ·  17,757 reviews
"One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.

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Hardcover, 331 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Children's Classics (first published 1910)
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Ashley Menendez None of ya'll read the book or watched the movies, because she was definitely as in love as a 10 year old could be with that boy. The book makes that …moreNone of ya'll read the book or watched the movies, because she was definitely as in love as a 10 year old could be with that boy. The book makes that clear, and in the movie they give them plenty of scenes that make it clear.(less)
Jemma It's for everyone, I think. It's not like romance or fantasy, but the story line is really beautiful and I really enjoyed it. It's great. :)

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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Love love love
Also: counting this as my first BookTubeAThon read even if I read only 2 pages during the actual readathon, I NEED ALL THE BOOKS I CAN GET
Lala BooksandLala
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 16 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.
Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.”

As a child, I read this book at least four or five times, along with Frances Hodgson Burnett's other childhood stories about Sarah Crewe (Little Princess) and Cedric (Lord Fauntleroy). They represented a rite of passage for me as a person and as a reader. There is magic involved in coming-of-age stories where children strive to find the kind of life they are meant to live, against all odds, and I fel
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published as a book in 1911, after a version was published as an American magazine serial beginning in 1910. Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and is considered a classic of English children's literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made.
عنوانها: باغ اسرارآمیز؛ باغ مخفی؛ باغ راز؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و چه
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Henry Avila
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two sickly, arrogant, lonely, neglected, little children, from wealthy families, both ten, cousins, live continents apart , Mary Lennox, in hot, steamy , colonial India, and Colin Craven, he in rainy, cold, Yorkshire, northern England, a cripple, just before the start of the First World War, they don't even known the other exists, but will soon, both like to show contempt to servants, by yelling at them, while giving orders . Mary is spoiled, unhappy, and angry, her beautiful mother, loves parti ...more
Manybooks
I first read this wonderful and evocative absolute and utter gem of a story at around the age of twelve (and it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English, not counting those books read entirely for school). And I simply adored Frances Hodgson Burnett's 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 massively loved the novel when I reread the story for the ...more
Todd
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Tahera
This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it, it was 'lovely and heartwarming' 😊.
Dannii Elle
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

I have vivid memories of reading this renowned children's classic when I was very young. I can distinctly recall my shock at reading a book with such an initially dislikable protagonist, the likes of which I had not yet discovered during my few years of reading. I was intrigued by the petulant Mary Lennox and was enchanted by her discovery of the secret garden. This, I believe, was my my first introduction to dark and brooding main characters, and probably even honed my
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Ujjawal Sureka
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 5-star
Genre: Fiction, Classic.
Publication Date: 1911

"Ofcourse there must be lots of Magic in this world" he said wisely one day "but people don't know what it is."

- Begins as a slow story of an unwanted and ugly child, who grew up to be very disagreeable (Mistress Mary quite Contrary).
- I felt that the curiosity element in this book is the strongest, which makes us curious too.
- Description of the moor, its plants, its breeze, its dampness, its animals and birds is heavenly. (Its saddening to me that
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etherealfire
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite from grade school era.

Note: On 12-19-2019 received this B&N leather-bound copy for my permanent collection of all-time favorite books. (Christmas came a little bit early this year)
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Brian Yahn
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Secret Garden is a "lovely" story in every sense of the word. Primarily, it's about three kids: Mistress Mary, Dickon, and Master Colin--and how just thinking a little differently can change a person completely.

There's a lot of subtle things Frances Hodgson Burnett does right: The way she relates the Garden to Colin's mother and how that affects his relationship with his father--and how all of these things have made him a horribly spoiled brat. That thinking a little differently, and getting
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Arah-Lynda
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite, top
Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.


Originally published in 1911 The Secret Garden is a true children’s  classic.  One that adults should read as well.  

Mary Lennox was born in India.  A plain little girl she was not wanted by her mother or father and consequently handed over to the servants to raise.  Because her Ayah and the other servants feared her mother would be angry if she was disturbed, Mary was consequently given her own way.  She soon became a bossy, nasty, littl
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Joanne Harris
Re-read this, after many years, as part of my children books experiment. Several revelations so far: One, the plot is basically JANE EYRE, with an asexual Rochester who keeps, not his wife, but his son, in the attic. Two, it's surprisingly easy to read the characters of both Mary and Colin as being on the autistic spectrum. (Her rudeness; her insensitivity to others, her obsessiveness: his tantrums; his introspection; his obsessions.) Three; the pantheism and everyday magic of the story is a lot ...more
Zoë
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jolene
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' fresh growin' things when th' rain falls on 'em. I get out on th' moor many a day when it's rainin' an' I lie under a bush an' listen to th' soft swish o' drops on th' heather..."

I'm such a sucker for dark atmosphere, overly passionate tempers, and a manor on the moors (my enduring love of Wuthering Heights is a testament to this). The Secret Garden was worth the re-read not only for these elements, but also because it
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Kerri
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my most cherished books. 💖

Somewhere around the age of seven or eight I came across a beautiful book in my local library that contained both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I instantly latched onto it and completely fell in love with the two stories. Over the years I checked that book out again and again, and eventually got my own copies.

There is something about The Secret Garden that is so hard to capture in a review. From that first reading, and for e
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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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Helene Jeppesen
This is a lot of people's favourite children's classic, and for that reason I was very intrigued to read it. Having now finished it, I'm convinced that had I grown up with this story as a child, I would've been even more enchanted by it than I was now, reading it for the first time as an adult.
I'm not going to go into any details as to why I didn't absolutely love this book, simply because I didn't feel like anything was necessarily wrong with it. It was a good and sweet story about changes and
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Apatt
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
“The cholera had broken out in its most fatal form and people were dying like flies.”

There, is a cheery start to one of the most optimistic novels I have ever read. Occasionally I pick a Librivox audiobook book based on who the reader is, for this version of The Secret Garden, it is read by Karen Savage, one of the few professional level readers who have graciously narrated entire books for Librivox’s public domain audiobooks.
Listen to a sample
and you will understand.

I didn’t really know anyt
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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
Ankit Garg
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a lovely book. I had a jolly time reading it, and so will you.

The best part about this book is the detailed description of the childish nature of the protagonists, which is bound to bring a smile on the lips of the readers. No matter how sad you're feeling, or how depressed you are, The Secret Garden is sure to lift your mood. The way the author has described the garden, the creatures, and the nature in general, is heartwarming.

It is a perfect book
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Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
I've read and re-read this book so many times, I've lost count.

Still it brings joy to me every single time, still it reminds me of the magic my heart felt when first I read it, that unlimited fountain of happiness that can't stop bubbling.

This is a real treasure, it always brightens up my life, it always reminds me of the power of positive thought and how easy it is to succumb to negativity in this world, no matter your age or gender or religion.

May the magic brighten up your life!
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪
“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”



A beautiful classic filled with magic, faith, friendship and the power of positive thinking! I adored this book from the moment I set my eyes on it. Even though I already knew the plot almost by heart (I watched the movie thousands of times as a kid, and I probably read the book too even though I can't be sure) I enjoyed every single page of this heart-warming tale.



I did not expect this novel to be so deep and
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Merna
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
1 star for a classic?
What a scandal.
Well, it is the first classic that 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 have been neglected emotionally by their parents, and even though it's overdone now days, I can understand why it was so popular a century
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Alison
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Dem
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Victoria Schwab
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this 1,000 stars.
Lesle
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary whose nickname is fitting, she is spoiled and disagreeable, the death of her mother and father still leaves her the same, neglected. She is sent to Misselthwaite Manor a 100 room mansion that is surrounded by the gloomy moors to live with her uncle.
Mary encounters many odd things for her, Mrs Medlock, Martha, putting on her own clothes, being told what to do, Ben, a robin, weird crying sounds, Secrets, the Manor, Martha's Mother, gardening, Secrets, skipping rope, a key, Dickon, Secrets, a
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