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The Night Gardener

byJonathan Auxier

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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The Governor General’s Shortlisted Novel–Now Available in Paperback!

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger—and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.

Jonathan Auxier is the author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which was a MYRCA Honour Book and shortlisted for the inaugural Monica Hughes Award and the Diamond Willow Award. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.
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Title:The Night GardenerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.28 × 0.76 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143189972

ISBN - 13:9780143189978

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier is an amazing fiction book for children within ages 10-12 years. This novel is about two Irish siblings, Molly (14 years old) and Kip (10 years old) who left their parents (that are now overseas) and went to work at a frightening and eerie english manor house where nothing is what it seems to be. The two siblings encounter a witch, a cursed tree, a very pale family, and many more secrets about the cursed home. When you read this book full of suspense and magic, you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier is an amazing fiction book for children within ages 10-12 years. This novel is about two Irish siblings, Molly (14 years old) and Kip (10 years old) who left their parents (that are now overseas) and went to work at a frightening and eerie english manor house where nothing is what it seems to be. The two siblings encounter a witch, a cursed tree, a very pale family, and many more secrets about the cursed home. When you read this book full of suspense and magic, you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy! #plumreview Jonathan Auxier knows how to spin a tale. His latest is about two Irish children who are taken on as servants at a crumbling mansion inhabited by a very strange family. Danger, creepyness and magic abound. An addicting story.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Spooks and creeps all over. A fantastic one.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy This novel has its spooks and creeps, but it's completely fantastic!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from spooky story with creepy plot It is sometime in the 1850s. Two red-headed, Irish children, fourteen year old Molly McConnachie and her ten year old lame brother Kip, from County Donegal, had left Ireland with their parents for a new life during the potato famine. However, something happened to wreck the ship, and Molly and Kip found themselves in an orphanage without their Da and Ma. Molly has been comforting Kip with her storytelling ability. They sneaked away and have come to Cedar Hollow, England, where Molly lands them jobs, she as a maid and Kip as a gardener, at the old Windsor estate in the “Sourwoods.” They meet the master of the house, Mr. Bertrand Windsor, his wife Constance, and their two children, Alistair and Penelope Eleanor or Penny. However, things are not right. The children hear stories about an ancient curse and a mysterious spectre. The house looks as if it is haunted. There is an ugly tree growing right up beside it and actually right into it. The woods surrounding the place have no birds. The Windsors all appear to be sickly. Mr. Windsor seems to have financial problems. Strange men come around asking for money. And something very sinister and eerie is going on at night. Will Molly and Kip be all right? Or will something bad happen to them? And will they ever find their parents? The Night Gardener is said to be the “much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes,” which I have not read but is about a blind ten year old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery and one fateful afternoon steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher that contains three pairs of magical eyes. It apparently bears no direct relationship to The Night Gardener. As to language, one common euphemism (drat) occurs and the term “bloody hell” is found once. Some references to drinking wine and ale and smoking tobacco are found. And there are two or three rather violent deaths. Thus, it might not be appropriate for especially sensitive readers, but there is nothing that most parents would find majorly objectionable. The book is said to be “a Victorian ghost story” with shades of Ray Bradbury, Washington Irving, Frances Hodgson Burnett, J. M. Barrie, and even Henry James. Yet, it is more. It is also a cautionary moral fable about human greed, the dangers of lying, and the power of storytelling. Young people who enjoy spooky stories with a gothic-like setting, a creepy plot, a menacing atmosphere, and memorable characters will like this book.
Date published: 2014-05-25

Editorial Reviews

“Suspenseful and chilling, this novel is destined to become a classic.” - Governor General Award Committee“It’s very refreshing to find such a comprehensive story in a standalone book, especially one with humour, kindness, and some real evil.” - The Globe and Mail“In this regard and others, The Night Gardener is a highly satisfactory instance not only of the traditional Gothic thriller but of a thriller in the broad sense, with a great deal of action and genuinely appealing protagonists.” - The National Post“Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message … make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget.” - Kirkus (starred review)“Auxier gives readers a spooky story with depth and dimension.” - School Library Journal (starred review)“In this action-rich fantasy-adventure, Jonathan Auxier reaches into the grab bag of Victorian story conventions and pulls out a luxurious double handful.” - Quill & Quire“[An] utterly unique, page turning Gothic thriller, one filled with engaging and unique characters and into which is woven a moral tale about greed and the power of storytelling. Highly recommended.” - Canadian Materials, ****/4“The book should be read twice: once on tenterhooks for its gripping plot and once to savour the delicious language, rich imagery and wisdom.” - Canadian Children’s Book News“In his follow up to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Auxier has written another utterly unique, page-turning Gothic thriller, one filled with engaging and unique characters and into which is woven a moral tale about greed and the power of storytelling.” - CM Magazine“The eerie setting, the pacing of the plot and the cast of characters … makes this an ideal family read-aloud and a vacation pleasure.” - Shelf Awareness (starred review)“An excellent ghost story for middle grade readers.” - VOYA (“perfect ten” review)“Historical fiction and horror intertwine in this absolutely gripping story … The Night Gardener is the stuff of nightmares.” - Shelf Employed“Auxier achieves an ideal mix of adventure and horror, offering all of it in elegant, atmospheric language that forces the reader to slow down a bit and revel in both the high-quality plot and the storytelling itself.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books