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Return to the Secret Garden
     

Return to the Secret Garden

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by Holly Webb
 

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As she turned it the door creaked a little and opened inwards...

The only friend Emmie Hatton has ever had at the Craven Home for Orphaned Children is Lucy, the little black kitten that visits her on the fire escape every day. But when the children of Craven Home are evacuated out of London because of the war, heartbroken Emmie is forced to leave sweet

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As she turned it the door creaked a little and opened inwards...

The only friend Emmie Hatton has ever had at the Craven Home for Orphaned Children is Lucy, the little black kitten that visits her on the fire escape every day. But when the children of Craven Home are evacuated out of London because of the war, heartbroken Emmie is forced to leave sweet Lucy behind. The children are sent to Misselthwaite Manor, a countryside mansion full of countless dusty rooms and a kind, if busy, staff. Emmie even finds a gruff gardener and an inquisitive little robin that just might become new friends.

And soon, in the cold, candle-lit nights at Misselthwaite, Emmie starts discovering the secrets of the house-a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary, and a very secret, special garden...

Return to the world of The Secret Garden with this enchanting new tale that will delight fans of the original story and new readers alike!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What a joy to return to the scene of a beloved children's classic...The garden may no longer be secret, but it still possesses magic. Return to the Secret Garden and enjoy the wonder of childhood and the magic of friendship in this sequel that is sure to warm the hearts of young readers everywhere" - Shelf Awareness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492639091
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
522,270
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Holly Webb is a bestselling author of over 80 books and was born and raised in southeast London. The Rose series stems from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk. Before deciding to become a writer, she worked for five years as a children's fiction editor. She lives in Reading with her husband and three small children.

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Return to the Secret Garden 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ScotsLass 6 months ago
As a child, I can remember reading A Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett and falling in love with the secret garden and it’s ability to heal the broken. When NetGalley allowed me to read an ARC of Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb, I hoped that again I’d find the magic of the secret garden still there. I was not disappointed. This again is a story for children but it still holds to the same high standards of the original classic. The story begins with a group of orphans being evacuated from London in preparation for the German bombing of WWII. Emmie Hatton, one of the students feels very alone and different from the others. She has befriended a local stray cat but when they are evacuated to an old manor, Misselthwaite Manor she cannot take it. While she feels friendless and alone, she finds an old diary hidden in her bedroom that describes another young girl like herself, alone and friendless. In the diary the young author, Mary, describes the secret garden and Emmie finds it. Only she discovers that it is not so secret now. The wonderful way this story follows along with the original classic is so enjoyable. The same dark atmosphere, the mysterious crying in the night, and the broken people seemingly healed by spending time in the garden all come together to make an enjoyable addition to reading the classic. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks with no obligation to review it. This is my honest review
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My mom used to read to me all the time when I was growing up - The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books we read together. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and being able to say that this book lives up to the original really means something. The book is set at the onset of WWII, and orphans from Craven House are evacuated to Mistlethwaite manor. Emmie is miserable - she does not like the manor, and there are no other children her age except two mean boys who delight in bullying her. The closest thing Emmie ever had to a friend was left behind when the Headmistress refused to allow Emmie to bring along the stray cat she worked so patiently to tame. But when Emmie finds the diaries of Mary Lennox, and learns of a garden hidden on the estate, the magic of the Secret Garden grows hope in a lonely heart yet again. I love that the book is interspersed with excerpts from Mary's diary that are warm reminders of the original classic. There are so many ties back to the original story, and a few surprises in store as well. If you ever read and loved The Secret Garden, you will love this sequel. It is beautifully written, vividly recalling a tempestuous time in history, and comes complete with an ending as lovely as the first. It's more than just a kids' book, I recommend this to any adult who loves a heart-warming story.