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The Night Gardener

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The Night Gardener
By Jonathan Auxier
Retail Price $16.95
Amazon Price: $12.55

Book Description:  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.  


If your kids like a a spooky story, than this is the book fits the bill. But do be warned that it is not for everyone. Before giving the book to your child, make sure they are okay with these type of stories or it might give them nightmares.  I have two children who react differently to chilling tales.  One loved this book.  The other wouldn’t read it or anything like it.  With that said, this is a creepy tale that is told by a master storyteller and gives you the feeling of sitting around the campfire telling ghost stories.  As you read you will definitely fall under its spell.  It is written really well and has plenty of intriguing characters.

~Reviewed by Dave H.




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