However, that slowly changes. When Mary Lennox, a sickly girl, arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, she learns of a secret garden. The garden was tended to by the deceased wife of the lord of the manor. After she died in the garden, he locked it up and buried the key – and since then, no one had set foot inside. That’s hardly enough to stop an adventurous young girl, however.
Mary soon makes it her mission to find this secret garden. Along the way, her attitude begins to change as she meets more people and befriends them. Some of them include her maid, Martha Sowerby; Martha’s mother, the hidden son of her uncle, Colin; and her favorite, Dickon.
A favorite writer in Britain, Hodgson’s classic was not as popular as her other works such as Little Lord Fauntleroy. As children’s literature began receiving more scholarly attention, this quickly changed. In 2003, the book ranked 51 on a survey of favorite books in Britain conducted by the BBC. Its upswing in popularity hasn’t just been limited to Britain; in a 2007 poll, the US National Education Association called it one of the Top 100 Books for Children.