Title: Return to the Secret Garden

Author: Holly Webb

Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s fiction

Rating: 4/5

Return to the Secret Garden was a beautifully written middle grade/children’s novel which echoes The Secret Garden.  This story takes place in the World War II era, during which children were evacuated from London due to bomb threats.  The protagonist, Emmie, is a disgruntled and misunderstood orphan who is relocated to Misselthwaite Manor with the rest of her children’s home.  Webb skillfully develops and grows her main characters, describes the gorgeous details of the gardens, and cleverly weaves in elements from the original story.    I would estimate that this is probably about a 4th/5th grade or higher reading level.  I enjoyed this read!

 

*I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for review

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