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  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Review by: Larah H.
Minnesota, Grade 10

The Secret Garden is a fictional story about a sickly, spoiled, nine year old named Mary Lennox.Mary Lennox was born and raised in India by wealthy British parents who mostly ignored her. They left her in the care of servants or her nanny, Ayah, up until the cholera epidemic broke out, which left Mary as the sole survivor in her household. Alone and orphaned she is sent to live in a isolated manor in the middle of a moor in Yorkshire, England with her uncle Archibald Craven. Uncle Archibald is a widower still mourning the death of his beautiful wife who died ten years earlier. In hopes of trying to escape painful memories, he travels constantly, leaving his manor in the care of his stern housekeeper- Mrs. Medlock.
Mrs. Medlock is a stout woman with red cheeks, sharp black eyes and she was the type of woman who would “stand no nonsense from young ones”.
 
The only person who has any time for Mary is Martha, her maid. Martha is unlike any servant Mary has ever known. She speaks to Mary as an equal and does not approve of Mary’s demanding behavior. Mary is at first cold toward Martha, but her chattiness is warm and friendly. Mary can’t help but listen to her story’s about her family and about a walled garden that no one has been into for ten years The door to the walled garden is locked and the mysterious key is lost.
 
Mary's interest and imagination are captured by this locked garden as she plays outside daily. She befriends a robin as well as one of the gardeners, Ben Weatherstaff, a old man with a kind heart . The robin leads her to a garden by singing from a tree behind the very end of the long, garden wall, to a place where Mary can not find the door. Another day, the robin leads her to a hole in the dirt. At the bottom of the hole she finds the key! Then the robin brings her to the wall just as some wind blows the ivy out of the way, revealing the garden door. The key fits the lock, and Mary has found

The secret garden

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