Title: Lady Anna’s Secret Garden
Author: S. Thomas Kaza
Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature, Magic
Published: March 21, 2014
Page Amount: 86 (In PDF)
Blurb From Goodreads: When brothers, Will and Ken, move to a new house, they have no idea how much their lives are going to change by a stick left by the previous owner. And when they stumble into Lady Anna’s secret garden, they don’t realize the trouble they are about to cause. Ken doesn’t like trouble of any kind. He decides he never wants to set foot in the secret garden again. But Will feels responsible. Their search to find out how to use a magic wand sends the brothers across town and back again to the secret garden, where a dangerous enemy awaits them at the end of the world. Will the brothers fall into the trap waiting for them? Or will they learn the secret of the magic wand and save Lady Anna’s secret garden?
Why Read: I was lucky enough to be reached out to by the author to review this work, and I’m so glad I was able to find/read it. Although I often speak about how I’ve lost my spark of interest in YA, when it comes to books for a younger age, I absolutely love them. Middle School readers are lucky because they have the option for so many books over a range of infinite topics (and I certainly remember my middle school years fondly when it comes to books).
Review: To choose a word in describing ‘Lady Anna’s Secret Garden’, I would have to go with delightful. Because there’s no better way to describe a book, which combines the normalcy of sibling rivalry with the absurdity of a secondary world in a garden, that has comic antagonists, called Long John Silver.
There’s something timeless about books like this where a scenario we all imagined in our childhood comes to life –a magic wand and adventures that are right at your feet. This book is no different. I immediately emphasized with Will and even though I was convinced I knew the relationship between the two brothers would not change – I was surprised.
But I think my favorite part of the book was the ending – so simple and yet something I didn’t see coming in a hot minute. No spoilers here, but I highly recommend this book for middle schoolers and people who enjoy reminding themselves of their childhood dreams.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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