The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

A Scary Story

Book - 2014
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When orphaned Irish siblings Molly and Kip arrive to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house, they discover that the house and its inhabitants are not what they seem. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed house will change their lives forever.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780143189978
9780670067725
Branch Call Number: j AUX NVD
Characteristics: 350 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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When orphaned Irish siblings Molly and Kip arrive to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house, they discover that the house and its inhabitants are not what they seem.

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NVDPL Children's Librarians Jun 15, 2015

A great creep-fest that may make you look at trees in a new light!


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Awesome, spooky book. It was amazing

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1_Great_Book
Oct 16, 2017

Perfectly spooky tale to read this time of year. Complete with black edges and shadowy silhouette illustrations, this is a tale that all can appreciate. The central theme is what you desire is not always what you need. Plot is excellent and well developed; as creepy as the Addams family without the humour.

0Charlie Oct 03, 2017

This was a wonderfully creepy tale. There were spooky noises in the night, mysterious locked rooms, creepy characters, and a gutsy brother and sister who find themselves plunked into the middle of it all. I appreciated how storytelling could amuse and enthrall, distract and shield, escape and avoid all at the same time. The work was peopled by interesting, moving characters and the various mysteries were spun out at an exciting pace. Well done. Highly recommended.

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delynnem
Jun 29, 2017

My son really enjoyed this book. It is a long story, but kept him engaged the whole time!

An engaging, well-written, not-too-creepy yarn about wishes, stories, and lies. The characters are well-drawn and more complex than they may seem at first, and the tensions between them are realistic; the story intrigued and entertained me, while also making me think. While it wasn't "my kind of story", The Night Gardener is good enough for me to want to read something else by Jonathan Auxier.

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Tabaqui
May 01, 2017

A good book, filled with delightful characters and just the right amount of spookiness. I found it very interesting that the two main characters were Irish. I didn't want to put it down! The villain was extremely intriguing, especially since it is difficult to tell who (or what) is ultimately responsible. There is a bit of violence and a few suspenseful/scary moments, but overall, this isn't too frightening a book.

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Nathanbs
Mar 11, 2017

Whenever I choose a William Allen White award book, I am not disappointed. This book is fantastic! I like how (similar to many children's books) it includes kids exploring an old house and fighting against an evil that the adults fail to notice or appreciate. Also this book hinges on the theme of storytelling and the archetype of the storyteller, and inspires me to cultivate tales of my own, and my skill as a story-teller. This book kept me turning the pages nonstop. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in creepy tales. And the best thing about this book is how satisfying the ending is. Many otherwise good books fall short with the ending, but this one leaves me feeling content and with a sense that the story was resolved and need not go on....

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gaoyitian
Dec 11, 2016

It's not as creepy as I thought. Still a very good book, strongly recommended. My first book in the Langley Book of the Year.

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becker
May 13, 2016

Great storytelling. I was sad to see it end. I think I would like to read all this author's work.

I read this book over Thanksgiving last year because a kid on the Austin Public Library's website said that it had surpassed "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury as his favorite book! That's high praise! SWTWC was an inspiration for this book and it's a deliciously creepy tale! Recommended by Sonia

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weazel1986
Mar 24, 2015

Don't let fear take you away from who you love.

JCLChrisK Nov 24, 2014

“I think I figured it out." She sniffed, looking up at the stars. "Hester asked me what the difference between a story and a lie was. At the time, I told her that a story helps folks. 'Helps 'em do what?' she asked. Well, I think I know the answer. A story helps folks face the world, even when it frightens 'em. And a lie does the opposite. It helps you hide.”

JCLChrisK Nov 24, 2014

“Stories come in all different kinds." Hester scooted closer, clearly enjoying the subject at hand. "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." She raised a mysterious eyebrow. "Legends are different from the rest on account no one knows where they start. Folks don't tell legends; they repeat them. Over and over again through history.”

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pardeepjhajj
Jul 26, 2014

``Disease``, Kip said.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 07, 2014

“A story helps folks face the world, even when it frightens ‘em. And a lie does the opposite. It helps you hide.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 07, 2014

“Both lies and stories involved saying things that weren’t true, but somehow the lies inside the stories felt true.”

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ririshres2
Feb 11, 2017

ririshres2 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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EvelynB2004
Oct 18, 2015

EvelynB2004 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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koala786
Feb 11, 2015

koala786 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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LibrarianDest thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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EvelynB2004
Oct 18, 2015

Molly and her brother come to an old mansion, hoping for work. Instead they find powerful secrets. There is a magical tree right beside the house. It can give you whatever you want, but for a price: you must pay by giving part of your soul.

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weazel1986
Mar 24, 2015

2 poor kids go to a mansion to be maids and gardeners. The house is very creepy and weird things are happening.

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koala786
Feb 11, 2015

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 07, 2014

Molly and Kip are driving a fish cart, pulled by a horse named Galileo, to their deaths. That’s what everyone’s been telling them anyway. Living without parents, Molly sees herself as her brother’s guardian and is intent upon finding a safe place for the both of them. When she’s hired to work as a servant at the mysterious Windsor estate she thinks the job might be too good to be true. Indeed, the place (located deep in something called “the sour woods”) is a decrepit old mansion falling apart at the seams. The locals avoid it and advise the kids to do so too. Things are even stranger inside. The people who live in the hollow home appear to be both pale and drawn. And it isn’t long before both Molly and Kip discover the mysterious night gardener, who enters the house unbidden every evening, tending to a tree that seems to have a life of its own. A tree that can grant you your heart’s desire if you would like. And all it wants in return? Nothing you’d ever miss. Just a piece of your soul.

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