2012: 59. The Secret Garden

"When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.  It was true, too."

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

     I know, I know, but it feel off the shelves into my hands, and I found myself having to re-read it. I'm definitely a Secret Garden girl - I always found A Little Princess a little cloying, and wanted to clobber old goody-two shoes Sara Crewe (I mean, I still cry when her daddy dies, I'm not made of stone), and I never read Fauntleroy.  Give me mean and cranky old Mary Lennox, and spoiled Colin, Mary-Sueish Dickon, and the wild Yorkshire moors.  And who doesn't love the story of a nasty spoiled little child being brought back to life through compassion, a little hard work, and the great outdoors? This should be the Sierra Club manifesto! Anyway, I know you know the plot - secret garden, robin finds them the key, angry uncle, dead wife, hidden child, Dickon and the lambs.  Let me tell you, its as great and magical as you remember.  Do yourself a favor and re-read.

Categories:  Fiction, YA, Re-Read

P.S. you will not, however, be reading the copy that has been inscribed as the June 15, 1989 Anne Griffin Memorial Literature Award, because that copy belongs to me!

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017