The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Blog Tour, Review)

The Secret Garden on 81 Street ( A Modern Retelling of the Secret Garden) by  Ivy Noelle Weir


Published by    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 19, 2021)

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Graphic Novel

Pages: 256

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2021 challenge: 2021 book

I would give this book 4 for a review.

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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.

Top Five Reasons to Tackle this read!!

  1. Such a fun retelling of a classic tale.
  2. Such good anxiety and grief rep.
  3. Loved the focus on friendship and making new friends
  4. Such a adorable art style
  5. Such a quick read with both tears and laughter at the heart of it!

My Thoughts:

I really adored this retelling. I have always loved the secret garden movie and i loved how this book twisted it so it was modern but also set in nyc. I also loved tackled both anxiety and depression, I loved how this book focused on trio of main characters and this book just put a smile on my face. I really also enjoyed the art style (My arc was not fully done) but the parts i saw is my favorite type of art style. It was such a great and quick read and such a fun one!! If you enjoyed the movie as a kid, def check this one out!

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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Let me know if this book is also on your fall TBR!!

Later book Lovers!!

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