Secret Garden: A Little Princess ; Little Lord Fauntleroy

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Gramercy Books, 1995 - Children's stories, American. - 576 pages
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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.

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User Review  - auhaddad - LibraryThing

This is my favorite Classic book. I have read this book in Spanish and in English. After Mary is sent to live with her uncle she hears about a secret garden. Mary becomes obsessed and finds the garden ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darlene Klischer -

My grandaughter,Kate, had the lead in "The Secret Garden" drama at our Christian school. i purchased this book as a remembrance for her. When the book arrived,the girl on the book cover"Mary" looked just like Kate did at that age... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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.

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