Mary Lennox has known her share of tragedy in her young life. At the beginning of The Secret Garden, a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mary's family has died of cholera while living in British colonial India. After British officers discover her, she is sent back to Great Britain to live on an uncle's estate.
Mary is sad and angry about losing her parents and being forced to live with her uncle, but her curiosity is sparked by this place. There are many intriguing mysteries to investigate.
- Who is crying in the middle of the night down a long corridor of the manor house?
- How does Dickon, her new friend, communicate with and charm animals?
Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, and, suddenly, her desire to reclaim what she has lost is ignited.
This is a book recommended for readers "ages 9 and up," and it may truly be enjoyed by preteens, young adults, and adults alike. The novel concludes with a resoundingly positive message. I like happy endings, especially when they remind us that, no matter how sad our lives may be, we will find happiness again, if we learn to trust our friends and loved ones, and we are willing to help ourselves and others.