The Locked Garden
By Gloria Whelan
HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060790943, 168pp.
Publication Date: June 2009
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It's the year 1900, the dawn of a new century and a chance for a new beginning for Verna and Carlie, whose mother died two years ago. They are headed to their new homethe grounds of an asylum for the mentally ill. Their father, a doctor, has been hired to treat its patients while the girls are under the strict and watchful eye of their aunt Maude. The towering asylum, the murmuring patients with their tormented pasts, the exquisite locked garden at the center of the groundsVerna perceives forbidden mystery and enchantment everywhere. Even Aunt Maude's temper will not keep her from striking out on her own exciting adventures.
But is Verna ready to confront all the secrets and emotions that have been locked withineven those of her own heart?
“The evocative setting is a backdrop to the sensitive, sometimes comedic family story.”