“In each century since the beginning of the world, wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century, more amazing things were found out than in any century before. In this new century, hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first, people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children’s novel is now over 100 years old.
To celebrate this special occasion, Editions Artisan Devereaux presents a thoroughly enchanting new 21st century edition of The Secret Garden that will surely delight the book’s many ardent admirers.
Generations of children have treasured the story of Mary Lennox, a sour grumpy girl, and Colin Cravin, a sick and lonely boy, who through fate and fortune, are living together on his six hundred year old estate.
When Mary hears of a secret garden on the estate, what happens next is…pure magic!
The Secret Garden is, quite simply, one of the greatest children’s stories of all time.
— Matt Travers.
Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.