Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden has charmed young readers since its publication in 1912. Its young heroine is Mary Lennox, an Anglo-Indian orphan, sent to her guardian’s English estate where she must learn a new way of life. Spoiled from a luxurious, if haphazard, upbringing, Mary rebels against the restrictions of life on the estate. Discovering her invalid cousin, Colin, in his isolated bedroom, the ten-year-old girl slowly learns about friendship, developing the capacity for empathy through her growing relationship with Colin and his grieving father. Mary begins her own process of emotional healing when she discovers the key to her late aunt’s secret garden. With the help of a sunny boy named Dickon, Mary brings the garden to life, aids Colin in his recovery, and discovers that the world, if you look at it the right way, is a garden. Beautifully written and wise, The Secret Garden will appeal to the lucky middle school readers who discover Burnett’s classic.