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Mary Lennox is the daughter of rich British colonists of India. She is a spoiled brat who doesn’t know what caring means. When her parents die of cholera, ten-year-old Mary is sent to live in her uncle mansion Misselthwaite Manor. Her uncle, Archibald Craven, lost his wife and can’t stop mourning her. He left control of his house to his brother. To Mary’s surprise, she isn’t waited on hand and foot, but sent outside to go play in the gardens. There, she finds a boy named Dickon who’s followed around by kind animals, a friendly robin and a garden hidden behind a wall.
As she starts to care about people other than herself, the garden, once Archibald Craven’s wife’s, starts to come alive around her for the first time since the wife died. When she finds a boy named Colin, who turns out to be her cousin, he’s a spoiled brat, like Mary was in India, sick with delusions that he’s to ill to live. Mary and Dickon decide to take him into the “Secret Garden” to make him glad to be alive.

Comments on: "The secret garden – Frances Burnett" (26)

  1. ‘The Secret Garden’ is a book about a young spoilt girl by the name of Mary Lennox who is bratty, arrogant and rude. Mary goes to live with her Uncle as her parents have died of a disease called cholera that spread like wildfire. I loved this book because Mary discovers secrets of her Uncles huge house as well as fun adventures. ‘The Secret Garden’ is a magical story and I love the way the author paints a picture of the wonderful things that occur in the book. It is a such a well written story and I definitely recommend it for all ages! My eyes were glued to each page as I was reading it non stop! ‘The Secret Garden’ is a classic story book and I think everyone should read it!

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  2. kaitlyn said:

    I recommend “In the secret garden” it is a great storyline and book. it’s quite easy to understand what happened in past times, it is also a movie so if you prefer movies you can watch it. My favourite part of this book/movie is when they find the garden door. I really liked this book, it is a great understanding of there childhood. I recommend this book to audiences in the years of 5,6,7,8. I would rate it a 4/5

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  3. laceyob21 said:

    The book ‘The Secret Garden’ is a really long but great story. It is about a spoilt little girl from India who’s parents die and she has to move in with her uncle who owns a huge mansion in Yorkshire. At first, she hates the atmosphere until she finds out that there is a secret garden locked away somewhere in the backyard of the mansion. She goes on great adventures and gets to meet some interesting people who currently live in the mansion who helps her along the journey of finding the missing key to the secret garden. this book is old, but still holds an exciting storyline and I would say has stood the test of time.

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  4. Maeve said:

    I think that the Secret Garden is one of my favorite old books. I used to watch the movie all the time and then I read the books and thought that it was great. I really like Mary. I liked her because she was adventurous and she was kind to Collin. I would recommend this book for anyone who is 7 and above. I rate this book a 9/10.

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  5. Allegra said:

    Mary Lennox is a spoilt girl living in India she has been waited on her whole life. But when cholera breaks out she is forced to go and live with her uncle in a half abounded house she has to learn how to look after herself. then one day she finds a garden and gets more and more peculiar. This is a great book and i would defiantly recommend this book.

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  6. Kaitlyn said:

    Meet Mary Lennox a young ignorant child born in India to English parents, Mary grows up neglected, sickly and thoroughly unpleasant child. when Mary is 9, her parents die of cholera and she is sent t live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England.

    When Mary arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, she is soon drawn into the gardens. And finds the buried key to the 10 year old unentered garden. So she decides to bring the secret garden back to life, with her animal charmer friend Dickon. As her adventure continues Mary meets Colin a 10 year old boy, whos mother died giving birth to him, and since then his father can’t bear to look at him. Colin is spoiled, bedridden and unloved child, who believes himself to be an invalid doomed to die before he grows up.

    As the story thickens Mary, Dickon and Colin all enter the secret garden everyday. They teach Colin how to walk, prune and stand up. Soon they decided they should tell Colin’s dad, Archibald Craven. But there afraid because they have been sneaking into the garden. Will they ever tell him?

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  7. Chloe said:

    OMG i love this book!! it is AWESOME it is so emotional and you can not put the book down once you start reading it. the main character is so bold and has a will of her own. i love this book i hope you enjoy it as much as did!!

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  8. I really liked the Book “Secret Garden” It was a really good read, not too hard, but really good. The little girl Mary once was a little nasty girl who’s parents never had any time for her, but when both her parents died she was forced to move to her uncle’s house far far away, her whole life changes, she has a whole personality change, she meets new people her age and she evens learns the importance of friends and sharing! Her aunt (her uncles wife) dies a long time ago and she had her own garden, and when she died her uncle did not want to see it anymore because it reminded him of her too much, so he locks it up and puts the key in a very safe place where he thought no one would look. But Mary Lenox gets very inquisitive and starts searching for the garden, the key, new people that the maids have been talking about… Does she find some or all that she is looking for?
    recommend this book for everyone who likes old books, a bit of a laugh and some knowledge about the time back then and how people were treated.

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  9. I really enjoyed this book! It’s fantastic! It was really long however it is totally worth it! I recommend you read the book before the movie because both are great but I really enjoyed the book more! The secret garden is such a heart warming story, I wouldn’t mind reading the book again I enjoyed it so much! I recommend this to ages 11+ and rate this book 10/10

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  10. I would recommend the book called a secret garden. I adore this book because the adventures that mary has are unbelievable. Finding out about the history of colin and hers mothers, twins, and getting close to her uncle. it is amazing how the teach teach colin how to walk. I rate this book a 9/10

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  11. i loved this book because it is full of magic and fun. It is a book that you dont want to put down and it is also a movie. The book is so much better than the movie so you should definatly read the book even if you have seen the movie. I loved this books and it is definatly one of my favorites!

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  12. Claire said:

    This is a great book. It is a good book and I am reading it for the second time because it’s so great. It is about a spoilt little girl from india, her parents die then she moves to Yorkshire into her uncle’s huge mansion. At first she hates it but after a while she finds out about a garden that was locked up ten years ago, she spends ages trying to find the key. Finally she finds it finds it and her world changes. I defiantly recommends this book to anyone.

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  13. Tayla said:

    The Secret Garden tells the heart warming story of how a selfish, spoilt little girl from India lives her life at her Uncle’s house. Her Uncle is rarely seen by anyone so the little girl, Mary, gets lots of help from her servant. Along the way, Mary discovers more about the beautiful gardens surrounding the mansion which then leads her to a Secret Garden which no one has been in for 10 years! Why? Who locked the garden? All questions to be answered in this amazing book The Secret Garden! Recommended for readers aged 11+, 9/10!

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  14. The book ‘A Little Princess’ is about a girl named Sara who’s fathers at war and she has to stay at a boarding school. She meets tones of new girls who all like to listen to her admiring stories about her past life in India! I can guarantee that this story will be tears to your eyes. I rate this book 10/10 and recommend it to any one who likes to read long books that are filled with mixed emotions!

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  15. The book ‘The Secret Garden’ is a really long but great story. It is about a spoilt little girl from India who’s parents die and she has to move in with her uncle who owns a huge mansion in Yorkshire. At first she hates the atmosphere until she finds out that there is a secret garden locked away somewhere in the backyard of the mansion. She goes on great adventures and gets to meet some interesting people who currently live in the mansion who helps her along the journey of finding the missing key to the secret garden. I recommend this book for any one who likes adventure, action and mystery!

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  16. I love the book THE SECRET GARDEN!!
    It is a good book and I am reading it for the second time because it’s so great. It is about a spoilt little girl from india, her parents die then she moves to Yorkshire into her uncle’s huge mansion. At first she hates it but after a while she finds out about a garden that was locked up ten years ago, she spends ages trying to find the key. Finally she finds it finds it and her world changes. I defiantly recommends this book to anyone.

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  17. One of my absolute all time favourite books. The Secret Garden is beautiful. I have read it multiple times and each time it gets better and better! It is so magical and enchanting and very inspiring. I always feel like running outside and playing in my garden when I’m reading it! I think The Secret Garden should be part of every child’s life! I recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for some classic mystery and intrigue! I’d give it a 9/10 🙂

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  18. Ariane said:

    The secret gardens tell you a story that feels magical but has no magic in it. The storyline is quite basic but the detail was what made the book magical. I could see what plants they had in the garden and the tree that had a broken branch. I loved how Mary and Dickon help make the secret garden thrive with life again. I also really enjoyed how the brought happiness back into Colin (Mary’s cousin) life. A few of the characters started off as being miserable which made the mood of the book a bit dull but as the garden got better the mood of the book improved. My favourite character was Robin (the bird). Robin seemed really smart and cheerful because he was never scared of people and he was the one who showed Mary the door to the hidden garden which was how the story really started. The only thing that really confused me was when some of the characters spoke in Yorkshire only because I couldn’t make out the spelling of the words. I would rate this book 9/10.

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  19. I recommend “In the secret garden” it is a great story line, it’s a really good book to understand what happened in the olden days, it is also a movie. My favourite part of this book/movie is when they find the garden door. i really enjoyed this book, it is a great understanding of there childhood. i recommend this book!!! i love it !!!

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  20. Love-IT! said:

    I loved this book! I spent hours of reading it non-stop!
    It is full of magic and mystery in a way, and it pulls you into the scenario!
    The characters are great and you’ll feel amazed at what happens in the story.
    I recommend that anyone that likes magic and mystery should read this book!
    Happy Reading! 🙂

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  21. This is one of my favorite books ever, or make that my favorite book ever, as I read it 5 times. I loved the story line and I think this is because I love gardening, so being set around a garden, it really appealed to me. My favorite character is Dickon as he is so adventurous and fun. It is such a well written book and I love all the animals and nature which are involved in the story, especially the robin. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves the outdoors and adventure.

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  22. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
    This book is about a girl, Mary, and when her parents die, she has to go live with some of her relatives. But they are not quite what they seem. Sickly Colin spends all day in bed, and never EVER gets out.
    One day when Mary goes out into the garden, she finds a wall hidden by ivy. She asks the maid what is inside the walls, and the maid says she doesn’t know, you need a key to get in, and no-body knows where the key is. Mary is determined to find the key, and goes exploring. She finds it, and then finds the lock to the garden. When she unlocks it, she is entranced. She then goes to the garden everyday and looks after it, until the gardener finds out, and is angry. He then cools down, and agrees not to tell anyone that Mary has the key. Together they look after the garden, and help it to grow.
    The secret garden is a magical book, and I would recommend it for all ages.
    I rate this book 9/10.
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  23. The Secret Garden Is A Awesome Book, Its Truly A Classic Fairy Tale Like Book. Its The Story Of Little Miss Mary quiet Contrary, She Lived In India And Her Parents Died From A Virus, And She Had To Live With Her Relitive,When She Finds A Secret Garden In This Huge New Place, She Begins To Care For It, And Learn About Herself in Whole New Ways. Its A Fantastic Book And I Think Any One Could And Should Read It.

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  24. truelly the most magic book of all time. its a classic book you just have to read. i love the way the auther paints the picture of that magic garden in your head. i really love this book i could read it for ever i didnt want it to stop.

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  25. The secret garden is a really god book. It is full of wonder and adventure it is a classic to read!!! This book is about mary who is sent to live with her uncle. While she is living there she discovers a garden. The garden is over grown and mistreated so Mary tries to fix up the garden. This is a great book that I recommend you should read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. I recomend The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a moving book about a girl named Mary Lennox who loses her parents and is sent to her distant uncles mansion in a faraway land. This is where she finds the secret garden.

    I loved this book because it is full of magic and fun. It is a book that you dont want to put down and it is also a movie. The book is so much better than the movie so you should definatly read the book even if you have seen the movie. I loved this books and it is definatly one of my favorites!

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