Thursday, February 23, 2017

Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb - OPTIONAL

Webb, Holly Return to the Secret Garden, 240 pages.  Sourcebook Jabberwocky, 2016.  $17. Content: G.

Emmie and the other orphans are being evacuated from London because of the War and the bombings, sent off to a manor house near the moors.  Emmie was forced to leave behind Lucy, the stray cat she befriended and is having a hard time settling in to the new place.  When she finds a diary written by a long ago little girl who was also lonely.  Emmie follows the clue and finds the garden.

I don’t want to give too much away about this sequel tribute to the original.  While not as compelling or lyrical as the original, it is a nice follow-up for those who ever wondered what became of the garden and all of the characters.  If you really want readers to find this, I would treat it and label it like a sequel, otherwise it will probably never get any attention. (FYI - This is much better than the 1997 book with the same name)

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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