The only friend Emmie Hatton has ever had at the Craven Home for Orphaned Children is Lucy, the little black kitten that visits her on the fire escape every day. But when the children of Craven Home are evacuated out of London because of the war, heartbroken Emmie is forced to leave sweet Lucy behind. The children are sent to Misselthwaite Manor, a countryside mansion full of countless dusty rooms and a kind, if busy, staff. Emmie even finds a gruff gardener and an inquisitive little robin that just might become new friends. And soon, in the cold, candle-lit nights at Misselthwaite, Emmie starts discovering the secrets of the house-a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary, and a very secret, special garden...
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by Louise Allen
by Liz Fielding
by Philip Webb
by K.M. Grant
by Beth Webb Hart
by Diana Appleyard
"Narrator Maggie Ollerenshaw's unassuming yet powerful storytelling pulls one into an adventure that begs to be listened to. In 1939 England, 10-year-old Emmie and her orphanage mates are hastily evacuated to Misselthwaite Manor. Her time at the Manor in the care of Lieutenant and Mrs. Craven and son Jack connects to Frances H. Burnett's 1911 book THE SECRET GARDEN--but is its own stand-alone story as well. What sorrows and joys await the children? Whom will Emmie befriend? What makes the Manor's gardens special? Ollerenshaw is a natural. Her steady pacing, calm yet compelling voice, and distinctive characterizations--especially for brusque gardener Mr. Sowerby and loving yet overwhelmed Mrs. Craven-- make for easy listening. Ollerenshaw's British accent adds authenticity. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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