The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter is a really fun  middle grade story. I really enjoyed reading it! The characters and plot definitely wove together to create a unique retelling of The Secret Garden…

I’ve actually never read The Secret Garden, but I have seen several of the movies. The atmosphere and characterization definitely create a unique experience – and I felt the same vibes while reading The Humming Room.

Roo Fanshaw is good at hiding – she has had to be. When circumstances force her to move to a remote island to live with her eccentric uncle, she doesn’t know what life will be like. As she gets used to the island, strange things start happening. She hears a mysterious humming in a part of the house she is not allowed  to visit. When she finally discovers what is behind the humming, she is pretty shocked!

Roo also has a really deep connection to nature, and when she finds a dying indoor garden in her new home, she is determined to heal it. Luckily, she won’t have to do it alone.

Y’all, The Humming Room is such a charming and atmospheric read. Not to mention short: less than 200 pages short. There is a lot of story packed in though. Time is spent on characterization and plot both – neither gets less emphasis than the other.

Ellen Potter’s retelling has definitely made me want to read The Secret Garden, I will definitely be starting it soon! I can’t wait to get the same vibes from reading it as I did from The Humming Room.

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  • A. Knight March 5, 2012, 6:00 am

    At least you’re ahead – I’ve never read/watched The Secret Garden. *gasp* I’ve heard of it of course, and I think my mom tried to get me to read it or read it to me when I was younger, can’t remember which.

    I like a good short, hearty story with a fun premise, however I don’t really read MG books so I’m slightly torn over it…

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  • Lisa March 5, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Middle grade? Atmosphereic? A quick read?

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  • Heidi March 5, 2012, 4:10 pm

    I’m glad you liked this! I loved this as a retelling, The Secret Garden was a childhood favorite, and this one certainly captured the same emotions. I ought to go back and reread myself! I felt like The Humming Room was the perfect comfort read for a rainy day, and exactly the type of MG lit I love.
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  • Snady March 5, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Glad to hear you liked it, this is on my TBR and I haven’t gotten around to buying it yet but that will have to change especially since it’s so short xD. Also that cover needs to be on my shelf, its too pretty not to be.


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