The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett – 31
Podcast / 2020-11-02

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Episode 31 The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published in book form in 1911, after serialization in The American Magazine (November 1910 – August 1911). Set in England, it is one of Burnett’s most popular novels and seen as a classic of English children’s literature. The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox a sickly brat born to privilege as a British citizen in colonialized India and her transformation after her parents die in a plague.  Mary is sent to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors.  There she discovers that life is more than being waited on hand and foot as she begins to be changed by the Moor and the people she meets there, especially her equally bratty cousin Colin. Recommended Age: While the Secret Garden does not have much in the way of questionable content, Mary does have some very racist ideas about the natives of India and expresses them as a young lady would in 1911.  These topics could be offensive to some and should be addressed accordingly.  Additionally, the language, especially the Yorkshire may be harder for some readers to follow. Read…

Etiquette and Espionage – Gail Carriger – Episode 20
Podcast / 2019-10-01

Episode 20 – Etiquette and Espionage Etiquette and Espionage is the first book of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger.  It is the story of Sophronia a fourteen-year-old girl who does not fit into the expected mold of a young lady of her class.  When she is sent to finishing school she realizes it is more than just a traditional education that is in store for her. Recommended Age: Reading Aloud 8+ Reading Alone 12+ Our Scores: Your Scores: What did you think of the book? Get the book here: Amazon Link Fever 1793 Looking for more books like Etiquette and Espionage check out or other Shows: Artemis Fowl The Girl Who Owned a City