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'Garden is very charming with some lovely parallels ...' Sharon Sant - Author of The Sky Song trilogy
Inspired by the classic novel The Secret Garden, Jane Yates introduces us to a steampunk world of bio-domes, robots and mysteries. Eleven-year-old Aberdeen is so used to being by herself that all she has to fill her thoughts are stories of mighty dragons and grand castles. But Aberdeen's world is soon thrown into disarray however; her parents murdered.
Having no choice, Aberdeen is sent to live with her uncle back on Earth where her fascination into her new surroundings begin to take hold. It isn’t long before Aberdeen befriends three other children - Maisy, Peter and Lenard.
Oh, and there’s Frank too, Peter’s robot dog, who completes this special circle of friendship.
Garden is a journey of self-discovery, of trials and friendship. With adventure boundless, Jane Yates follows up her acclaimed Paradox Child trilogy with a new tale for young fans of steampunk and science fiction.
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|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her two spaniels. She works at the Pitt Rivers museum there too and is amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Being a museum of anthropology and world archaeology, Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Child series. Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free Beta .pdf of Garden by Jane Yates in exchange for a fair review. This delightful story is lightly based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The storyline is modernized, no futurized, which made it an even more charming book. Abderdeen's parents & entire ship's community were wiped out by a fast acting virus. She was the sole survivor & sent to a distant uncle's home on earth which was now covered by protective domes. If outside the dome a gas mask was necessary. When there she begins to grow healthier & learns what it's like to feel true hunger. She's told she can go into all the gardens except one. “However there is one garden that you still won’t be able to go into and your uncle’s kept it locked up since the gamma ray hit.” “Oh, why’s that?” Aberdeen asked. She was curious about the locked garden and was determined to find it. Being told she couldn’t go somewhere was the very seed she relished, planted into her imagination, where a scene evolving into a magical garden with the juiciest of fruits began to take root." What grand adventures Aberdeen & her friends have ahead. Maisy, Peter & Lenard all became friends. There are puzzles & mysteries to discover in the house itself & in the secret garden. Peter's discussion: “Physics has taught us that by simply looking at reality, we change it. We can create our own reality, from a subatomic level. With this machine, we are powerful enough to affect the behaviour of the atoms that are in us and around us.” Lenard also grew healthier & wanted to surprise his father by how much better he was. "Lenard took a sharp intake of breath. “I can’t believe I know something you guys don’t! Faug a bollag. It means ‘clear the way’. It’s our family motto; it’s written on the family crest,” he explained. “The poem you just read out explains this.” I gave this book five stars. It was a pleasure to read a wholesome, feel-good book.
Garden by Jane Yates is a delight to read. After the death of her parents, 11-year-old Aberdeen goes to live with an uncle she never knew she had. There, she encounters secret passageways, eerie sobbing, strange goings-on, secret codes, and mysteries to solve. Alone, except for her pet robotic worm, Aberdeen befriends a mechanical bird, who then shows her a secret garden. Aberdeen befriends Maisy, the help, and her brother Peter. Together, the three tend the secret garden. When Aberdeen encounters her cousin Lenard, he joins the group of young adventures and helps solve some of the mysteries surrounding the secret garden and home. This story about friendship, keeping secrets, and adventure should delight adults as well as young adults. Fun read.
This book was a delight and a treat. I did not intend to read it in one sitting, but found that I could not put it down. I have loved the story of The Secret Garden ever since seeing the 1987 film and then later after reading the book. There a spirit and warmth in The Secret Garden that J. Yates has captured perfectly while adding a unique spin of her own. If I could somehow move into this story, without terrifying the characters by knowing so much about them already, I would. The only thing I have left to say is that if you are still reading this review, you are reading the wrong thing. Go read Garden.