With her father dead, Emily Byrd Starr has been taken in by her mother’s people, Aunts Elizabeth and Laura, and Cousin Jimmy, whom she’s never met before. Aunt Elizabeth, however, seems very harsh. But as the days go by, Emily learns to love her home at New Moon and to make friends from the artistic Teddy Kent to the wild Ilse Burnley. And all the while she’s perfecting her craft of poetry as she prepares to be a writer.
At five years of age, Heidi finds herself dragged up into the Swiss mountains by her aunt to live with her forbidding grandfather. Contrary to all expectations, however, Heidi loves her new home and her new family. She goes daily to frolic with the goats on the mountainside and revels in the beauty of nature all around her. Then one day her aunt returns, determined to place Heidi in the house of a wealthy family who want a companion for their ailing daughter. Will Heidi ever find her way home?
A Girl of the LImberlost by Gene STratton-Porter
Elnora Comstock dreams of going to college, but her mother thwarts her attempts to receive and education and to practice playing the violin. To put herself through school, Elnora begins to catch moths in Limberlost Swamp. A companion novel to Freckles.
Movie Shoes (THe Painted Garden) by Noel Streatfeild
When the Winter children are invited to visit their aunt in California, Tim, a pianist, and Rachel, a ballerina, begin to dream big. But it their plan sister Jane who lands the lead role in a movie production of The Secret Garden. Part of the Shoes books, but originally titled The Painted Garden.
Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb
When Emmie Hatton is evacuated from a London orphanage, she finds herself at Misselthwaite Manor. There she hears the mysterious cries of a boy in the night and discovers the diary of a girl named Mary. Armed with Mary’s memories, Emmie is determined to find the secret garden herself.