Lydia Grade is sent to live with her Uncle Jim while her parents look for work. She happily settles in to her new home where she makes friends with Ed, Emma, and the neighbors. With their help she plants what she believes, is a secret garden to make her uncle flash a rare smile. After Uncle Jim sees her big surprise, he presents her with a special cake covered in flowers. Lydia Grace believes that cake equals one thousand smiles. (Houhton Mifflin Harcourt Collections, 2001)
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