Return to the Secret Garden

(2 reviews with an average rating of 1 out of 5)

Publisher: Scholastic

Mary Lennox, the sallow, bad-tempered orphan heroine of The Secret Garden, has grown up. She's married Colin - now Lieutenant Craven - and they have a son, Jack. Dickon works in the gardens, having been injured in the First World War.

Decades later, another unhappy orphan arrives at Misselthwaite Manor. Evacuated from German bombing in London, Emmie loves the gardens, but finds the moors frightening. She doesn't belong here. 

When she discovers Mary's old diary, it draws her into the story of the garden. But the new war changes all their lives forever.

This sequel ingeniously replays and reworks the original, characters plausibly ageing with believable tragedies blighting their adult lives. Emmie is like Mary, but also entirely herself - tenaciously fighting for a better future, with the garden still at the heart of the book.

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When the spoilt and bad-tempered Mary is orphaned at the age of ten, she is sent from India to live with her hunchback uncle on the Yorkshire Moors. This classic novel is a satisfying and absorbing read.

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