Today is my stop on The Secret Garden on 81st Street Book Tour, hosted by TBR And Beyond Tours and I couldn’t be more excited! Check out my review below!
The Secret Garden On 81st Street:
A Modern Retelling of the Secret Garden
By Ivy Noelle Weir Illustrated by Maber Padilla
Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing Date: October 19, 2021
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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The Secret Garden with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, this full-color graphic novel moves Mary Lennox to a New York City brownstone, where she and her very first group of friends restore an abandoned rooftop garden…and her uncle’s heart.Mary Lennox is a loner living in Silicon Valley. With her parents always working, video game and tech become her main source of entertainment and “friends.” When her parents pass away in a tragic accident, she moves to New York City to live with her uncle who she barely knows, and to her surprise, keeps a gadget free home. Looking for comfort in this strange, new reality, Mary discovers an abandoned rooftop garden and an even bigger secret…her cousin who suffers from anxiety. With the help of her new friends, Colin and Dickon, Mary works to restore the garden to its former glory while also learning to grieve, build real friendships, and grow.
A beautiful rendition of The Secret Garden. This year has been an eye opener for me as far as graphic novels go – they are phenomenal! This is a modern day retelling where the secret garden is actually located in NYC. It masterfully touches on subjects such as grieving, anxiety and growing. I also love the uncle who is technology free in his household. Most people wouldn’t know what to do about the internet. Also woven in was the renovation of something that was once abandoned. In today’s society so many places get forgotten and I love the idea of restoring it to it’s former beauty or something totally new.
A fun and quick read. I finished the entire book in about an hour – I couldn’t put it down. I loved the modern take on the story making it completely relatable. The illustrations are absolutely stunning bringing the story to life. I’m definitely going to be checking out Weir’s other graphic novel remixes. Bravo!
Huge thanks to TBR And Beyond, Ivy Noelle Weir and Little Brown Young Readers for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
About The Author
LIvy Noelle Weir is a writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press), the upcoming The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little, Brown for Young Readers), and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Princeless: Girls Rock (Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead Beats (A Wave Blue World). She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and their two tiny, weird dogs.
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