The Night Garden by Polly HorvathThe Night Garden by Polly Horvath

The Night Garden

byPolly Horvath

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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From Newbery Honor--and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath, a magical middle grade novel that features a garden that grants wishes.

It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base where he is stationed because she suspects he's up to no good. Soon after the children move in, letters start to arrive from their father and they don't understand what they mean until it is too late to stop him from doing something that threatens to change their whole lives. Can the ancient, forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help? And if it does, at what cost?
POLLY HORVATH is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Li...
Title:The Night GardenFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.52 × 5.71 × 1.11 inShipping dimensions:8.52 × 5.71 × 1.11 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143198645

ISBN - 13:9780143198642


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical Middle Grade The Night Garden by Polly Horvath is a charming middle grade novel set in 1945. This story is a little bit historical fiction and a little bit fantasy. Set on Vancouver Island during the time when the world was at war with the Nazis and Japan. The narrator, Franny, tells us the story of the Maddens: Flying Bob, Crying Alice, Wilfred, Winnifred, and Zebediah. It's also in part the story of Thomasina and Old Tom and their beautiful home and abundant gardens. When the Madden children come to live with Thomasina and Old Tom for a spell, their quiet life turns upside down. UFO sightings, paranormal activity, a secret, and a locked garden only a few can enter all feature in this incredibly descriptive story. As soon as you open the book you will inhabit Franny. Horvath keeps the language simple but incredibly descriptive and evocative of the 1940s and war time. With a fascinating supporting cast of characters and a touch of magic, you are never quite sure where the story is taking you at any given moment keeping it interesting and attention grabbing. The Night Garden is a great middle grade read for any of your readers who enjoy stories infused with a little magic.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Classic! This was the first Polly Horvath novel that I have read but it most certainly will not be my last! What an incredible, funny, quirky, and enjoyable read. The story was unique, mysterious, and entertaining. From the beginning, I didn't know where it was going to go or what was coming next. The mystery and intrigue lasted throughout and ended with me reading the last quarter at a rapid speed due to the excitement of the adventure. Additionally, this novel was laugh-out-loud funny. I don't even mean that in a figure of speech way, I am serious. The sarcasm, the subtle jokes, the obvious ones--there were some pretty hilarious moments (do not even get me started on how long I was laughing over the lost Brownies scene). Along with the amazing story, each character had an important role and I enjoyed each one so much that I can't pick a favourite. Franny may have been my favourite for her sarcasm alone but from Sina and Old Tom to Miss Macy and the Hermit, I loved them all. Heck, I even loved the role of Crying Alice and Fixing Bob. Although this book is geared towards a younger audience, trust me on this one: if you enjoy a good, lighthearted, funny, and cute will love this one. It's one of those reads that could easily become a classic as it's timeless and enjoyable for those at any age. This book has a big ol' stamp of approval from me and I will be wholeheartedly recommending it to many. *Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Date published: 2017-09-20

Editorial Reviews

"The inimitable Horvath . . . infuses her novel with such heart, zest, and humor in the small moments that she's created a book her devoted fan base will cherish. Perfect for fans of [the] Penderwicks books or The Mysterious Benedict Society series." --STARRED REVIEW, Booklist"The quirky characters and Franny's dry-humored narration stand out as Horvath invokes classic literary elements." --Publisher's Weekly"Horvath’s bright prose and unerring sense of timing keep us turning pages to arrive at the book’s final, transcendently profound, scene." --The Horn Book"Franny's first-person narration is wry and intelligent, infused with Horvath's trademark humor." --Kirkus Reviews"[A] pacy adventure that twins mystery and magic with elegant moments and beautiful descriptions." --Quill & Quire"National Book Award winner Horvath writes with accessible eloquence, making what would be fantastical in another setting quite plausible on this island populated with whimsical, winsome characters… Thoughtful, hilarious, and moving; repeated readings reveal even more to appreciate in this superbly crafted tale. An essential purchase for all middle grade collections." --School Library Journal"[A] story of community and love and families in all their messy glory." --STARRED REVIEW, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"The Night Garden is a tapestry of mystery, mermaids, ghosts, hermits, and UFOs, embossed with a strong message about love. Polly reminds us, with humour and her quirky assembly of eccentric, mischievous misfits, that families come in an infinite combination of patterns, including family by choice." --The Winnipeg Review"3/4… Horvath’s work is always something special, with a touch of magic that makes it seem as though it takes place in another world, although it is very much our own… there is no shortage of Horvath’s signature witty, pithy, and philosophical writing… Recommended." --CM Magazine