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The Secret Garden

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  634,317 Ratings  ·  11,714 Reviews
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret g
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Children's Classics (first published 1911)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 28, 2014 K.D. Absolutely 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
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
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
Shayantani Das
Jun 23, 2012 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it
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
Henry Avila
Sep 03, 2016 Henry Avila 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
Sep 07, 2007 Todd 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
Brian Yahn
Mar 13, 2016 Brian Yahn 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
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 this novel 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 honestly t
Sep 11, 2016 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite
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, little girl w
Mar 24, 2015 Zoë 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.
Sep 18, 2016 Apatt 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
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

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

Jun 29, 2008 Alison 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
Sep 10, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Ο Μυστικός κήπος είναι ένα όμορφο παραμύθι, αλλά και πολλά περισσότερα από αυτό. Είναι μια αλληγορική ιστορία που μιλάει για την ψυχή, που όταν της δίνεις ήλιο, νερό, την αγαπάς, ανθίζει σαν τις τριανταφυλλιές του μυστικού κήπου. Τι μπορεί να θέλει ο άνθρωπος περισσότερο από αγάπη;
Μια ιστορία που πρέπει να είναι μέσα στα πρώτα 5 βιβλία που δίνουμε στα παιδιά μας να διαβάσουν.
Jul 15, 2016 Merna 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 a
This whole book was pure magic and I loved it.
Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-Sauter

“Where you tend a rose, my lad,
A thistle cannot grow.”

„One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts – just mere thoughts – are as powerful as electric batteries – as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.”

Although I grew up,
Sep 13, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno degli aspetti più strani della vita è che solo di tanto in tanto siamo sicuri di vivere a lungo, molto a lungo, forse per sempre.

La vita è troppo breve per serbare rancori, arrendersi, costruire dei muri intorno a sé...
"Il giardino segreto" è l'emozionante resurrezione di due personaggi, ognuno dei due colpevole per colpe altrui ed entrambi silenziosamente desiderosi di amicizia e amore, sentimenti per lungo tempo negati.

Viviamo in una società ove facciamo coincidere il nostro benessere co
Jan 14, 2012 Simon rated it liked it

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
Jun 24, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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!
Nov 20, 2008 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-lit
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
Oct 05, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
This is a book I have read over and over again. With the lovely characters that grow in stature, strength, and wisdom through the book, it is a wonderful progression. From the moment you meet pinched faced Mary, you come to love the little girl that has lost so much. Her sadness has become a part of her and one that she struggles to throw off. Her curiosity is lovely and brings Colin and Dicken into the picture. What a lovely lively trio they are. Each one overcoming great sadness, pain and soli ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Giustamente, quando uno non vuole far trovare una chiave mica la butta, no: la sotterra vicino alla porta :3

Lo so, purtroppo leggo e rileggo il libro e continua a rimanermi questo tarlo.. Per il resto amo questo libro come quando l'ho letto 20 anni fa** :')

**VENTI ANNI?? ... VENTIANNI?!?! Dov'è finita la mia giovinezza!!!
Sarah Samir
Jul 28, 2016 Sarah Samir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this novel and you will start dreaming about your very own secret garden.

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
This is one of my favorite quotes that makes me see colors in the world again.

I couldn't resist reading it after watching the lovely movie "The Secret Garden (1993)" that was completely different .. But you need to watch it after all because it will simply make you happy and you will smile.

I just had to think a lot about what to write and event
Apr 27, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, ebook, 2016, classics
This was actually really good! I started reading this book with the notion that I wouldn't really enjoy it and that it would be lumped in with all those other popular classics that aren't so great in my opinion. I was SO SO wrong, this book was great and it 100% deserves the recognition and the right to be called a timeless classic. Reading this was like an otherworldly experience; there's no magic in the book per say but it felt magical. The story felt magical, reading it felt magical and the c ...more
Aug 04, 2016 AMEERA rated it really liked it
perfect I loved it
Diamond Cowboy
Jul 22, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it really liked it
Great book. I shall give a full review on a later date.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
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
Lavinia Zamfir
Oh my, this book had greatly reminded me of my childhood, and it was wonderful!

Well, let's put it like this: if I had read The Secret Garden when I was a kid, I would've been totally in love with the story and the characters. Even now, when I'm a young adult, my inner child has still managed to spring out of my personality and enjoy Mary, Dickon and Colin's story.

The Secret Garden is a beautiful motivational story about the relationship between human and nature, and the power of thinking (and do
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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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