The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(A Young Reader's Edition)

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What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle's estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won't enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty--unaware that she is changing too.But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.
 

About Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote for children and adults, publishing both plays and novels. She was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her father, who owned a furniture store, died when she was only four years old. Her mother struggled to keep the family business running while trying to raise five children. Finally, because of the failing Manchester economy, the family sold the store and immigrated to the United States. In 1865 they settled just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hoping to offset her family's continuing financial troubles, Burnett began to submit her stories to women's magazines. She was immediately successful. In the late 1860s her stories were published in nearly every popular American magazine. Burnett helped to support her family with income from the sale of her stories, even saving enough to finance a trip back to England, where she stayed for over a year. In 1879, Burnett published her first stories for children; two of her most popular are A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. In contrast to an extremely successful career, Burnett's personal life held many challenges. Her son Lionel was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 15, from which he never recovered. His death inspired several stories about dead or dying children. Burnett lived her later years on Long Island, New York. She died in 1924. From an early age, Dale Crawford wanted to be an artist. Growing up in the 1950s influenced his other great love in life the lore of the Old West. After art school, Crawford worked at ad agencies and art studios in Wisconsin. But in 1973, the desire to head west was too much. The Crawford family loaded the car and headed for Colorado, where they still reside today. Dale has provided illustrations for more than 25 books and numerous magazine articles with a western theme. These days Dale divides his time freelancing his talents as an illustrator and producing western and wildlife fine art. Crawford is married to Fran, and has one daughter and two wonderful grandchildren.
 
Published August 1, 1991 by Courage Books. 55 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction