Secret Garden: A Little Princess ; Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett's reputation as one of the greatest writers of children's literature was established with three books - here, at last, collected in one volume. In The Secret Garden, considered Frances Hodgson Burnett's finest work, the unlikely heroine is the newly orphaned Mary Lennox, who arrives sullen and sickly at her uncle's lonely manor on the English moors. But when a friendly robin leads Mary to a mysterious abandoned garden, her life begins to change. Then she discovers another secret - an invalid cousin hidden away in the depths of the manor. Colin is as self-centered and ornery as Mary, but despite their clashing temperaments, a friendship starts to flower. As they work together to rescue the overgrown secret garden, these two irascible children find themselves transformed. Little Sara Crewe is showered with beautiful clothes and expensive presents by her wealthy, doting father in A Little Princess. At boarding school she is treated like royalty by the greedy headmistress and envied by the other girls. Then her father dies, and her fortunes change, and the penniless Sara is banished to the filthy attic alongside Becky the scullery maid. But the fantasy that she is secretly a princess lifts Sara's spirits until the day when her fate takes yet another surprising twist. American-born Cedric Errol is whisked off to London as the heir to an earldom in Little Lord Fauntleroy. Young Cedric instantly melts the crotchety old heart of his English grandfather. But then another boy shows up claiming to be the true heir, and the intrigue begins.