This book is Volume I-12 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a project in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words) are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level (with a vocabulary of about 3,500 words). This project contains about 40 simplified readers, enough for an ESL/EFL learner to read for two years, and this list is growing.
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本書是“百萬英語閱讀計劃”叢書——英漢對照中級英語系列讀物第I輯之7，適合已掌握1500基本英語辭彙的讀者閱讀。百萬英語閱讀計劃(Million-Word Reading Project, MWRP)是專門為將英語作為外語的學習者（EFL learners）設計的英語閱讀提高計劃，讀者對象為已掌握1500基本英語詞彙的讀者（相當於初級英語水準），通過２年、每天約15分鐘的閱讀能達到中級英語水準，掌握3000多單詞和大量的短語，熟練掌握英語的各種句子結構，並能閱讀一般英語原著。本書文本統計信息詳見下表，供選擇時參考：【文本信息】可讀性 || 91.3總字數 || 343391500詞外詞數|| 1396
Readability || 89.3
Total word count || 22404
Words beyond 1500 || 622
Headwords beyond 1500 || 189
Unknown word percentage (%) || 2.78
Unknown headword percentage (%) || 0.84
Unknown headword occurrence || 3.31
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more || 33
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more || 94
Mary Lennox is a nine-year-old British girl. She grows up in India and is spoilt and selfish. Her parents die and she becomes an orphan, so she is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle. There is a secret garden at the manor, which has been locked up for 10 years. And with the help of “magic”, Mary finds the key to the garden door that has been buried in the earth.
With the help of kind Dickon, Mary begins secretly working in the garden to bring its many roses back to life. Mary also discovers the secret of the Manor one night: her uncle has a son. The boy, Colin, is even more spoiled than Mary. He’s weak and is not allowed to go out.
What is the secret about the garden? What other miracles can “magic” bring about?
This book is rewritten from “The Secret Garden” by Frances H. Burnett (1849-1924). It was first published in 1911. It is now one of Burnett’s most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English children’s literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been produced.