The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter

Summary: Twelve-year-old orphan Roo Fanshaw is sent to live with an uncle she never knew in a largely uninhabited mansion on Cough Rock Island and discovers a wild river boy, an invalid cousin, and the mysteries of a hidden garden.

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7 Responses

  1. This was a really good book; the characters were well-described and it had an interesting plot. Unfortunately, it was based on the Secret Garden, which led to two problems. One: if I’m not mistaken, the work has to be original, and though everything else was original, the plot line was almost exactly the same so I’m not sure if it’s eligible for Newbery. Two: if the reader read the Secret Garden, the book could be a little predictable. Other than that, I think this book is one of the best I read so far!

    • Yael, as long as it is not plagiarism or copied writing, it is an original work. I, also, found it a good book. I will be interested in hearing from you about how it compares with others you are reading.

  2. Even though this book was based on the Secret Garden, the author made many things different. For me, even though i have read the Secret Garden i still found it a great book and not too predictable. The characters were extremely different and so was the way it was written. I think that this could get the Newbery Award.

  3. I enjoyed this book. I think that Ellen Potter did a good job making sure that the book was diffirent. I think the characters were all very well constructed. When I was introduced to Colin I thought that he would be paralyzed like in the Secret Garden, but I liked how much different Colin was because he could walk.

  4. I liked how they changed things up like why the garden was closed up was different and so were some other things.

  5. I am only vaguely familiar with the plot since I only watched the movie and I watched about 3 years ago. So I have a clear opinion, not distorted by reading the Secret Garden. To me, Roo’s character could be better described, in my point of view she was a wild whiny girl who hid. I never quite understood why she hid, or why she was whiny. So I will have to think if it’s Newbery worthy.

  6. I really liked this book. I have never read the Secret Garden. The plot was not predictable for me so it did good on that. I also enjoyed the characters. I think this could get a Newbery award.

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