By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary is a sour nine-year-old girl whose neglectful parents die in India. She is taken to an even more neglectful uncle in a gothic castle in a remote part of England. Interest in something outside herself is sparked when Martha, the servant assigned to look after her, is shocked that Mary never learned how to dress herself. There had been no need. Martha has other duties so Mary is left alone. Her explorations lead her out in the late winter air and to an obsession with finding “the secret garden.” She discovers an even bigger secret of another child in the house.
Publisher: Knopf, 1988