As soon as I opened this book, I was drawn into the world of the secret garden. A lot of people think that this would be a book for just girls, but it is important to remember that two of the three main characters are boys and there is plenty of adventure that would make this a good book for both boys and girls. I hope that I am not at all like Mary at the beginning of this story, obstinate and selfish, but I could still relate to her. I was amazed by how much Mary and Collin were changed by the magic of the world and the garden. This book was filled with unusual circumstances that drew three friends together, each of whom had some way that they needed to improve or change. I’m not one for gardening, but I love flowers. I think that this book would appeal to people who don’t have personal experience with growing things because the garden is just the way that the change in Mary, Collin, and Dickon comes about.