This book is Volume I-12 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a project in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words) are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level (with a vocabulary of about 3,500 words). This project contains about 40 simplified readers, enough for an ESL/EFL learner to read for two years, and this list is growing.
Readability || 89.3
Total word count || 22404
Words beyond 1500 || 622
Headwords beyond 1500 || 189
Unknown word percentage (%) || 2.78
Unknown headword percentage (%) || 0.84
Unknown headword occurrence || 3.31
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more || 33
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more || 94
Mary Lennox is a nine-year-old British girl. She grows up in India and is spoilt and selfish. Her parents die and she becomes an orphan, so she is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle. There is a secret garden at the manor, which has been locked up for 10 years. And with the help of “magic”, Mary finds the key to the garden door that has been buried in the earth.
With the help of kind Dickon, Mary begins secretly working in the garden to bring its many roses back to life. Mary also discovers the secret of the Manor one night: her uncle has a son. The boy, Colin, is even more spoiled than Mary. He’s weak and is not allowed to go out.
What is the secret about the garden? What other miracles can “magic” bring about?
This book is rewritten from “The Secret Garden” by Frances H. Burnett (1849-1924). It was first published in 1911. It is now one of Burnett’s most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English children’s literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been produced.
About the Author
Qiliang Feng has been an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher in senior high schools since 1983. He is a keen advocator of reading in TEFL and is expert at rewriting graded/simplified ESL/EFL readers. He has published several series of English Reading Courses in China and is promoting an ESL/EFL reading project called Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP), in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level. For this project, he has rewritten a series of simplified readers containing about 40 books.