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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  959,752 ratings  ·  20,785 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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Gabby I like to think that in the future Mary and Dickon get married and live in a nice cottage on the moor near Misselthwaite Manor. Her, Collin, and Dicko…moreI like to think that in the future Mary and Dickon get married and live in a nice cottage on the moor near Misselthwaite Manor. Her, Collin, and Dickon still take care of the garden and Mary and Dickon name their son Ben.(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. :)…moreIt'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. :)(less)

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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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Miranda Reads
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Orphaned Mary Lennox had a sour face, bitter temperment and dismal dispostion.

But could you blame her? Nine years old and she was barely shown an ounce of affection.

Her parents saw her as an accessory (to be paraded about for parties) and when they died, and Mary shipped off to live with a distant uncle...she felt just as alone as ever.

She spent her time on t
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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
Ruby Granger
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: convenience
I cannot believe this took me so long to read.

In the spirit of A Little Princess, this story recognises the characteristics we must prize most as human beings. The book follows contrary Mary Lennox as she learns a very important lesson from a very secret garden.
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 بیس
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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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Lala BooksandLala
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Book 16 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.
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 parties, doesn't look kind ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book is so magical! I love it so much!! 💕🌸



I have a special edition coming that I hope to share with y’all.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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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
Maureen
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A favourite from many years ago, fantastic to reconnect with it in 2020! Wonderful.
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
Ujjawal Sureka
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 5-star, classics
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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Dannii Elle
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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Tahera
This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it, it was 'lovely and heartwarming' 😊. ...more
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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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
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)
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.
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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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Kerri
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-loved
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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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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Is there anything better than cocooning in bed on a cold and rainy night, listening to The Secret Garden?? Just PURE BLISS.

Martha & her mother & Dickon & Colin & Mistress Mary... How very charming!


Seriously I got serious deja vu reading about Dickon. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Dickon were to grow up to be Edmund!! (from How I Live Now)



Audiobook narrated by Karen Savage
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Merna
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
1 star for a popular and beloved classic?
What a scandal.
Well, I think this is the first classic that I'm giving a 1 star for so it’s a fairly big deal.
Although I did not finish this, I already know how the book wraps up. (view spoiler)

Here's the thing:
Many 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 under
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Piyangie
This is a beautiful children's book which somehow I've missed reading as a child. It is very unfortunate, for I would have been really enchanted by it. The book brought back my childhood memories. My childhood home had a large garden with lots of roses. My mother tended to them and I used to help her. When I was a little older (younger than Mary Lennox in Secret Garden), I wanted my own thatch, so I got a nice square corner at one end of the garden with my own tiny garden tool set. I remember ho ...more
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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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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¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“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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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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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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