Emmie wants to take Lucy, the stray cat she'd been feeding, along with her. But Emmie has to leave Lucy behind. (Stray cats do not like being placed in baskets.) Emmie is upset. Who will feed Lucy now? And what if the poisonous gas comes? How will Lucy escape? But Emmie is left no choice. She must follow the matrons to her new home.
Emmie lay in the high, carved wooden bed, watching the nightlight burning in its saucer of water and peering at the room. The night-light hardly gave enough light to see by, so it was half-looking, half remembering in a strange jumble of the day.
Emmie, however, soon realizes that this garden is not so secret after all. Once, while hidden from sight, she sees Mrs. Craven slipping quietly into the garden to tend the roses. And that rude boy of the house, Jack, he knows all about the garden, too. Still, the garden becomes a place where Emmie can truly feel at home. Then one day, terrible news reaches Misselthwaite, and the old gardener tells Emmie she must keep away from the garden. Will Emmie have to stay away from the garden for good? Will she ever see Lucy again? Will the war take all that is good in Emmie's life away--forever? You'll just have to pick up a copy of RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN to find out.
Young readers who love the Classics will enjoy this book, a sequel to THE SECRET GARDEN written by, Frances Hodgson Burnett. As a historical-fiction novel for independent middle-grade readers, RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN has a timeless quality about it. There is a bit of a mystery interwoven in the tale, and young readers will enjoy unraveling it. RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN is written by Holly Webb, and is published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (November 2016).