The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of The Secret Garden includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Jane Yolen.

May is sullen and ugly. Orphaned, unloved and left alone, she has no reason to live. Colin is twisted and dying. Crippled, vicious, rejected by his own family, he has no hope to live. But Dickon is strange and wild. He sleeps on the moors, calls animals to him, and speaks the language of flowers--all he knows is how to live.

And a bird of early spring leads them all to a mystery. A walled garden filled with ghosts of love and loss. Only Mary can unlock the garden's hidden door. Only Dickon can find the green pulse within the dead land. And only Colin can summon forth an ancient power that might give two lost children the strength to survive...

They thought the power in the secret garden was magic. It was.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., 1990, c1988
Edition: 1st Tor ed. --
ISBN: 9780812505016
Branch Call Number: J FIC Burne 3558
Characteristics: xii, 274 p. --


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DanniOcean Jul 02, 2009

I re-read this one frequently.

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Sep 17, 2017

The Secret Garden was a book I initially ignored due to its complex Yorkshire, but later on it was back in my hands and I flew by it in a breeze. There is no doubt as to why this is called a classic because the novel is in-depth yet precise alongside an original and complex plotline. Every character is touched by the author so lightly but it seems like they are springing out with emotion and feeling. Here it begins; the story of sour little Mary who has been spoiled to the brim by the servants in her palace in India. Used to getting what she wants and feeling devoid of emotion, Mary is neglected by her posh mother and busy father even up until a sickness spreads throughout the entire palace. Suddenly Mary is all alone and begins her journey in a world that such a sorrowful girl cannot comprehend nor adapt to. When she arrives at her guardian’s house, secrets unfold and Mary catches herself changing and brightening as she runs through the Meadow, the gardens and the meetings she has with characters. From the maid to Caleb, every character means so much and I find immense pleasure in reading through this story. I began to notice that everything that was added into this story, from the dialect to the sorrow and background of Mary all adds up and results to a significant brilliance. I recommend reading this anytime, but especially during jet lag because that’s when I most enjoyed my read! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_JEREMIAH Jul 01, 2017

This is a great book for all ages about the power of renewal found in nature and in friendship. Highly recommended!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 02, 2017

I like the mystery of it and helping someone learn to love again and see the beauty of how he sees the world! ~Rebecca, age 11

Dec 03, 2016

While this book has garnered widespread praise for many years, even by trying to see it through the eyes of a 12-year-old, I didn't get much out of it. I've recently read several books that fall into the YA or juvenile category such as The Hunting of the Snark and Ms. Bixby's Last Day, both of which I found more satisfying. There's no denying this book has a good deal of charm, but it's very dated, very English and lacks both the realism and wonderful character portrayals of Ms Bixby and the infectious silliness of The Snark. I found it overly sweet and at times simply boring. I suspect a 12-year-old today would feel the same. Modern writers such as John Green are able to produce books that feature children and young adults or are largely aimed at YA readers and still appeal to mature readers. I'm afraid that our world has left books like The Secret Garden behind.

Aug 13, 2016

love this classic novel, always a great read. Beautiful illustrations and an a wonderfully told story.

Mar 20, 2016

Heavy on the candy (which was just what I needed). I love the illustrations and the story line of emotional healing for children and adults.

There is humor in this also and animal and nature lovers will enjoy the journey.

Feb 14, 2016


Dec 22, 2015

"This book is amazing. I never get tired of reading this classic book. The Secret Garden will always be one of my favorite classic books no matter how old I am." Review submitted by Aslinn Whitemon for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Mary, who has grown up in India, becomes an orphan and is sent to live with her uncle in a manor house in England. At first she is spoiled and angry, but eventually she comes to make friends and discover a secret garden that has been locked up for many years.

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Sep 15, 2015

I think I read in Wikipedia that it was a sort of child/adult novel. Also that it had some Christian Science stuff. Otherwise I enjoyed reading it for the first time even as an adult. As a male I enjoyed it.

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Jun 25, 2016

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

Jun 29, 2015

"Is Colin a hunchback?" Mary asked. He didn't look like one.

eldynarzu Jul 28, 2014

That night Colin slept without once awakening, and when he opened his eyes in the morning he lay still and smiled without knowing it-smiled because he felt so curiosly comfortable. It was actually nice to be awake, and he turned over and stretched his limbs luxuriously."

Oct 18, 2013

That night Colin slept without once awakening, and when he opened his eyes in the morning he lay still and smiled without knowing it-smiled because he felt so curiosly comfortable. It was actually nice to be awake, and he turned over and stretched his limbs luxuriously."


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Jun 24, 2016

This book takes you through a beautiful story of a girl learning to love and care.

Jun 29, 2015

This book explains when Mary goes to a new home, she is spoiled and later on she finds a friend and a place where she hides.


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