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Mary Lennox is a 10 year old girl who is quite contrary after her mother and father die of cholera while living in India. She is waxen brazen, rude, and not liked by anyone. She is sent to England to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor, a 100 room mansion secluded on the edge of the moors. Not long after coming to live at the manor, Mary is befriended by a robin, who shows her where to find a buried key that allows Mary to enter a neglected walled garden. Mary learns to love the mansion, and other oddities in the manor including Dickon, a country boy nourished both by love and the of the countryside. Mary also meets Colin Craven, son of the Lord of Misselthwaite, who has not left his room for 10 years, since his mother died while giving birth to him. Even Colin's father, Mr. Craven, can't stand to look at Colin.
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The review of this Book prepared by Jerry Naradzay

A spoiled orphan named Mary returns to England from India when her parents die. She is sent to live in Yorkshire with her uncle in his mansion, and there becomes embroiled in family problems. She meets her crippled cousin Colin and a local called Dick who begins to cure her selfishness. Mary becomes interested in a secret garden that the uncle doesn't allow the children into, and is determined to clear it out and bring it back to life...
The review of this Book prepared by flip

Mary Lennox is the daughter of rich British colonists of India. She is a spoiled brat who doesn't know what caring means. When her parents die of cholora, ten-year-old Mary is sent to live in her uncle mansion Misselthwaite Manor. Her uncle, Archibald Craven, lost his wife and can't stop mourning her. He left control of his house to his brother. To Mary's surprise, she isn't waited on hand and foot, but sent outside to go play in the gardens. There, she finds a boy named Dickon who's followed around by kind animals, a friendly robin and a garden hidden behind a wall. As she starts to care about people other than herself, the garden, once Archibald Craven's wife's, starts to come alive around her for the first time since the wife died. When she finds a boy named Colin, who turns out to be her cousin, he's a spoiled brat, like Mary was in India, sick with delusions that he's to ill to live. Mary and Dickon decide to take him into the "Secret Garden" to make him glad to be alive.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 7-10 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

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