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Biography

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester. She had a very poor upbringing and used to escape from the horror of her surroundings by writing stories. In 1865 her family emigrated to the USA where she married and became the successful author of many children's books including The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Books

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to settle in and make friends at boarding school. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father gain, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for hard work and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and genorosity are all the riches she truly needs?

The Secret Garden (centenary ed)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (and others)

After the death of her parents, Mary Lennox is sent back from India to live in her uncle's huge, gloomy house on the English moors. Mary is lonely and miserable until she stumbles upon her disabled cousin Colin, hidden away from the world by his troubled father. Together they discover the door to a secret garden, and open up a world of freedom and enchantment that they could have never imagined . . .

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett (and others)

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed - and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

With a heartwarming introduction by Sophie Dahl, The Secret Garden is one of the twenty best-loved classic stories being launched in the Puffin Classics series in March 2015.

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett (and others)

A tale of the significance of friendship, the power of imagination and the importance of perseverance.

When wealthy Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school in London, she is determined to settle in and make friends.

Charismatic and popular, with a big heart and a love of storytelling, she seems to be succeeding.

That is, until tragedy strikes.

Sara must fight harder than she thought possible to remain both strong and kind in the most difficult of circumstances.

A charming classic children's story that's perfect for all ages.

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Includes a beautiful introduction from Adeline Yen Mah, bestselling author of Chinese Cinderella and an author profile, a behind the scenes journey and many more fun activities.

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Is Sara Crewe your #GirlHero? Check out the other stories in our #GirlHero collection and discover your new hero.

A Wrinkle in Time
Pollyanna
Pride and Prejudice
Annie
Ballet Shoes
Chinese Cinderella
The Borrowers
The Ordinary Princess
Anne of the Green Gables
Little Women
The Secret Garden

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Frances Hodgson Burnett (and others)

The story of a small, angelic boy from New York who is told he is the heir to an English earldom and is whisked away to the English countryside where he begins to win over his bad-tempered old grandfather. When the boy's identity is challenged, his old friends from New York come to his rescue.