Reviewed by Laura B. (age 9)
I personally liked this book for quite a few reasons, mostly because of the way at the end of every chapter, it is as if you are hanging from a cliff. You might be wondering what I mean. Well, it's like you are standing on a cliff in the beginning of a chapter, and as you get closer to the end of the chapter, you look forward to what will come in the next chapter and get closer to the edge of the cliff. Then, at the end you were so curious, that you would find yourself dangling from the edge of the cliff. Anyway, my favorite part was when Dickon brought all of his "creatures" to show Mary. He brought a crow named Soot, a fox named Captain, two squirrels named Nut and Shell, a newborn lamb, a baby rabbit, and a moorland pony named Jump. And also, after Mary discovered the garden and became friends with Dickon, that once-rotten-minded, nasty-tempered girl somehow shifted into a softer-hearted little 10-year girl. Everyone thought it was from the moor's fresh air, but no one knew about Mary's new wonder - the secret garden.
I recommend this book (even though the book says 9 and up) to at least ages 10 and up, and probably toward the end of 4th grade. I say this because of slightly harsh language and hard to understand Yorkshire language. I also think this book would be good for boys and girls. Thanks for reading my book review.