Frances Hodgson Burnett
This allegorical tale of a saintly king who moves heaven and earth for the good of his people is another winner for young audiences from Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the beloved children's book The Secret Garden. Easy to understand and full of inspiring messages about doing the right thing, The Land of the Blue Flower is a wonderful and memorable read.
Though different in many respects, The White People bears a few key similarities to the novel for which author Frances Hodgson Burnett is best remembered, the childhood classic The Secret Garden, including immersion into the private, dreamlike world that young people often construct for themselves. Set amidst the misty moors of Scotland, The White People tells the tale of a thoughtful, solitary little girl with extraordinary...
Cultures clash to disastrous effect in this tale from Frances Hodgson Burnett, acclaimed author of titles such as Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden. An American family living in Paris strives to make a splash among the upper crust of their adopted country. The story is told from the perspective of a tutor hired to instruct their lovely young daughter, Esmeralda, who is fascinated by his dealings with this new breed of social...
This charming and uplifting novella is the basis for a later, novel-length version that author Frances Hodgson Burnett eventually published under the title The Little Princess. The daughter of a prominent captain, Sara is enrolled at a boarding school while her father sails the seas. When tragedy strikes, Sara's world is turned upside down, but in the end, she finds a way to triumph over adversity.
In this gripping short story from The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett, unspeakable tragedy befalls Arle, a small, tight-knit fishing community on England's coast. Will the town be able to pick up the pieces and start over? One Day at Arle is a moving tale that will linger on in readers' minds.
Lancashire laborer Tim Hibblethwaite has a bad reputation, and employers around town have started to talk about his grumpy disposition and unwillingness to cooperate. Is there anyone who is willing to overlook his past and give him a chance at a fresh start? This short story from The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett will resonate with any reader who has ever tried to put a rough patch behind them.
11) A Fair Barbarian
Born in England, Frances Hodgson Burnett emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her family at the age of 16. Faced with financial hardship, she began to write fiction and non-fiction pieces as a means of making money. Eventually, she emerged as a popular writer of children's literature, penning such classics as The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Lodusky, a short story set in the American...
Though she is today best remembered for her contributions to the canon of young adult literature, which include the classic The Secret Garden, author Frances Hodgson Burnett also penned a number of novels intended for adult audiences. The complex family drama In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim follows several families that have been rent asunder by various forces—some avoidable, some inescapable—and the steps they...
Two young women are sent to a North Carolina resort to recover after illnesses. One is a cultured New Yorker, and the other—the Louisiana of the book's title—is a beautiful but unpolished country girl. Both find themselves out of their element at the resort, so they band together and become fast friends—and learn a lot about what it means to be different in the process.
Left to her own devices after her husband's death, Robin's vain, scatterbrained mother is wholly incapable of taking care of herself, much less her young daughter. Amidst this tumultuous environment, does Robin stand a chance of growing up to be a fully functioning adult? Read Frances Hodgson Burnett's gripping domestic drama The Head of the House of Coombe to find out how this tale unfolds.
16) My Robin
Fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden will relish this charming anecdote that further expands upon the robin that features in that book. In response to a reader's letter, Burnett reminisces about her love of English robins—and one in particular that changed her life forever.
Have you ever fantasized about giving up your day job and living a life of blissful creativity, unhampered by the demands of the rat race? That's exactly what the quirky family at the center of Vagabondia does. Though their bohemian lifestyle has its ups and downs, it's a charming tale from the author of The Secret Garden that's a pure pleasure to read.
In this moving short story from Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden, a French family finds its social status zooming upward due to a daughter's marriage into an upper-class clan. But the salt-of-the-earth friends and neighbors of the Giraud family are deeply skeptical of what they see as brazen social climbing—and they aren't shy about expressing their displeasure.