The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
First Published in 1911
A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Burnett's classic story of a disagreeable and self-centered little girl and her equally disagreeable invalid cousin is as real and wise and enthralling now as it was when it was first written over 75 years ago. The strength of her characterizations pulls readers into the story, and the depth inherent in the seemingly simple plot continues to make this sometimes forgotten story as vital to the maturation of young readers as Tom Sawyer and Little Women.
While this has always been one of my favorite movies this is the first time I've read the book. I've always been enchanted by the big castles and gardens in Europe, and the descriptions in this book make it all come alive. I love the "Magic!" If you've never read this I highly recommend it.