Book cover of Into The Bright Open

Into The Bright Open



Publisher & Publication Year

Feiwel & Friends, 2023

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Cherie Dimaline (Metis Nation of Ontario)

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In this queer retelling of The Secret Garden, fifteen-year-old Mary Lennox is orphaned after the death of her parents and sent to live with an unknown uncle out in the wilderness of the Georgian Bay. Mary initially expects a cold and isolating manor, devoid of any familial sense of belonging, but her perception changes as she forms bonds with the many Indigenous staff members. Then, one night, Mary discovers and befriends Olive, her ill cousin who has been hidden away due to a “nervous condition.” Suspecting sinister motives behind Olive’s treatment, Mary and her Métis friend Sophie delve into family secrets and uncover an abandoned garden that may hold the answers to their suspicions.

Notable Achievements


Kirkus Reviews: "Racism, colonization, and a love of nature are central themes gracefully woven into the story. An aching and emotionally immersive queer romance, unhampered by homophobia, unfolds through lush imagery blended with poignant and elegant prose. A rich and verdant revival of a classic."

Educator Guide

“Using Remixed Classics in the Classroom” is a guide for educators created by MacKids School & Library. The guide includes a list of nine books in the Remixed Classics series, including Into The Bright Open, followed by tips for preparing a lesson plan and classroom discussion questions.

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