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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My 9 yr old and I got into this book slowly, but then couldn't do anything else until we finished it!
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.
This story was very interesting throughout. The themes it takes on are given the respect they deserve which most books tend to lack. Sins like gluttony, pride, and greed are spotlighted in ways I think most people could sympathize with as well as learn to recognize in themselves. Kip was my favorite character. Despite his disability he was shown as someone that was sure, confident, and incredibly brave. To me, his disability added to the strength of his character. He was incredibly mature and most definitely the smartest person in the predicament the characters fond themselves in. The only negative that I have is that the story took a really long time for the "curse" mentioned in the summary to take center stage in the story. I was reading(listening to) the audiobook version and it was well over sixty percent when stuff started happening. It's still worth the read for the themes of courage and trusting one's self in any kind of situation.
Not only was the book easy to enjoy and follow along with, but the book was also very satisfying and leaves a mark on you. I 100% recommend this book to anyone possibly considering to read this book, because you will not regret it if you have any admiration for story.
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.
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