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'Instead of a rags to riches story, this is a riches to rags story...a good, girly read' Jacqueline Wilson, Independent

Without her beloved father and miles from home, it is very hard for Sara Crewe to like her new life at boarding school. Luckily Sara is always dreaming up wonderful things and her power of telling stories wins her lots of friends. When a letter arrives that brings disastrous news, the wicked headmistress Miss Minchin forces Sara to become a servant. Her lovely clothes and toys are taken away from her. She must work from dawn until midnight. How will Sara cope with her new found poverty? Can her imagination help her overcome this horrible situation?

Reviews

I'm not sure I could have survived childhood without Frances Hodgson Burnett. My sister and I would crawl into the attic of our suburban American house and pretend we were looking across London rooftops. We'd lost our parents and our money, but perhaps a mysterious monk would visit our miserable garret.

Meg Rosoff

Sara Crewe is a Cinderella figure... She is intelligent and good humoured with an infectious warmth that embraces the lowliest of her new acquaintances. The sunshine continues when impoverishment and drudgery befall her and she relies on her private fantasies to preserve her natural zest for life.

Guardian

Generations of children have fallen in love with the story of Sara Crewe, the little girl who imagines she's a princess in order to survive the hard times

Daily Mail

I read A Little Princess as a child, and from that there lingers still a whiff of the irretrievable quality of childhood reading. I was mesmerised by the account of Sara Crewe's lavish clothes; silks and satins and velvets

Penelope Lively, Independent

Instead of a rags to riches story, this is a riches to rags story...a good, girly read

Jacqueline Wilson, Independent

So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099573722

    September 3, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141321127

    June 2, 2008

    Puffin (UK)

    320 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781448155361

    September 6, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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  • EBook

    9780141917979

    June 2, 2008

    Penguin eBooks (UK Juvenile)

    320 pages

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The Secret Garden
Little Lord Fauntleroy
A Little Princess Clothbound Classic
The Secret Garden Clothbound Classic
Mod Lib The Secret Garden
Secret Garden
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Stepping Stones
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden: V&A Collector's Edition

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