This much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.
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 family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.
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I don't think I'll sleep under a tree again! Jonathan Auxier writes a new twist on the djinn legend in the form of a darkly sentient tree capable of granting your dearest wish ... much to your peril. This is the danger two Irish orphan children enter when they arrive to become servants of the Windsor House, a decaying English mansion. Will they be careful what they wish for?
This is a great story, drizzled with a unique spooky and creepy mystery that will satisfy picky readers and kids that are too old for Goosebumps and want a good scary, thrilling book.
My 9 yr old and I got into this book slowly, but then couldn't do anything else until we finished it!
the only nominee of the young readers' choice awards that I could find on audio. I have 8-9-year-olds reading this and I can imagine it will be a bit much for them! I love how the children are the heroes but not by acting like grownups.
The heroine. She is smart and clever most of the time.
Intonation is off about 60% of the time. Makes it hard to understand and follow the story. This narrator is obviously more interested in just saying the right words than in saying the words right. Loses the opportunity of building the potential of the story.Many of the pauses between sentences are too long or too short so that it totally detracts from the story.With the mix of distractions, it is like riding a bumpy road on your ears. Incredibly distracting and you find yourself wishing you could just take a different path.
Would be interested for the story but would let others see it first and if they reported the production was as bad as the book, I would stay away.
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