The Year of the Garden (An Anna Wang novel #5) (Hardcover)

By Andrea Cheng, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544664449, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/24/2018)

List Price: 15.99*
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When Anna is gifted a copy of The Secret Garden, it inspires her to follow her dreams—maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come. Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like a garden, often has a mind of its own. 
     In this prequel to The Year of the Book, join Anna in a year of discovery, new beginnings, friendships, and growth.

About the Author

Andrea Cheng is the author of several children’s books, including the acclaimed middle-grade Anna Wang series critics call "gentle," "accessible," and "just right." Though she passed away in 2015, her books will continue to inspire readers. Visit her website at

Patrice Barton's talents were discovered at age three, whens she created a mural with a pastry brush and Crisco. She lives in Austin with her family. Visit her website at

Praise For The Year of the Garden (An Anna Wang novel #5)

 ★ "Appealing both to transitional and fluent readers, this thoughtful prequel offers further insights into Anna’s world for those returning to it, while creating a compelling story for those just discovering it." –SLJ, starred review

"The parallels she draws between The Secret Garden and her experiences with Laura and the garden add depth to this thoughtful chronicle of adjustment. Delicate spot art highlights key elements. A gentle, feel-good story about the transforming power of friendship and gardening." —Kirkus

"Cheng has a keen ear for the friendship dynamics of the younger set... Barton’s softly blended monochromatic illustrations match the delicacy of the text. Fans of Anna and Laura’s adventures will enjoy seeing the beginning of the girls’ friendship." —Bulletin