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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
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The Night Gardener (edition 2014)

by Jonathan Auxier (Author)

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Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
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Title:The Night Gardener
Authors:Jonathan Auxier (Author)
Info:Amulet Books (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 368 pages
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This book is on the scary side for kids, so be sure that you read it first and make sure your kids are age appropriate for it. ( )
  Kyle_Roberson | Apr 23, 2022 |
Nice little non-graphic horror story ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Two Irish orphans find work as servants to the Windsor family, who have moved to an old creepy house in the sourwoods. Trying to make the best of the situation, Molly cleans the house and Kip minds the stables and gardens. However, there is a sickness pervading the household and a gnarly tree abutting the house. Despite Molly's cheerfulness and wisdom through storytelling, everyone in the house suffers from bad dreams caused by an evil spirit and the tree's magic secret, which make leaving near to impossible. The Irish dialogue was weak at points, but I enjoyed the book's tension and especially Auxier's afterword explaining his inspirations for the story. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Children's middlegrade fiction (scary adventure). Reviewed from uncorrected ARC. I'd love to see kids reading this instead of goosebumps, but probably few would pick it up because of its length (perhaps if you give them a taste with a little reading aloud). There are definitely scary bits, and violent deaths that happen out of sight, so I think the middlegrade distinction is appropriate. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book was creepy from the beginning. Molly and Kip take jobs at an old house almost engulfed by a huge tree. They quickly realize something is very wrong and are pulled into the evil that is stalking the house. Molly was a feisty young woman. She was a story teller as well although the author explores the line between stories and lies as well as intentions.
  witchyrichy | Apr 13, 2021 |
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For Mary  Halloo!  my fancie, whither wilt thou go?
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The calendar said early March, but the smell in the air said late October.
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Quote from Hester on page 207 about stories:
"There's tales, which are light and fluffy.  Good for a smile on a sad day.
Then you got yarns, which are showy - yarns reveal more about the teller than the story.
After that there's myths, which are stories made up by whole groups of people.
And last of all, there's legends. . . Legends are different from the rest on account of no one knows where they start.  Folks don't tell legends; they repeat them.  Over and again through history."
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Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

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