The Secret Garden
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. At first, she is utterly miserable, but gradually the frienship of her maid and the discovery of a secret garden in the grounds of the house begin to change her.
Then she finds another secret in the house - Colin, her sickly cousin, who is as self-centred and disagreeable as herself. This classic novel is a satisfying and absorbing read, and demonstrates the resilience of children even when they are surrounded by uncaring and flawed adults.