The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ten-year old Mary Lennox was born in India to wealthy British parents who left her upbringing to their servants. She was spoiled and selfish. A cholera epidemic kills her parents and she is sent to England to live with a wealthy uncle. But once again Mary is neglected and left to her own devices. Until Mary finds a secret garden which brings animal-loving Dickon, her sickly cousin Colin, and Uncle Craven together in this classic mysterious story.
First published in 1911, The Secret Garden continues to thrill young and old readers alike. It’s one of my all-time favorites!
Howe, James, et al. The Secret Garden. Random House, 2004.