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The Night Gardener

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Deliciously macabre, well-spun tale for fans of horror.

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age 10+

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age 10+

Kid Blown Away

My ten year old read this book in just a handful of sittings. He loved it. He totally freaked out at the supernatural stuff and his mind was blown at the end. He just had to read more by Jonathan Auxier - so, we tracked down Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes from the library. That book was just as good.

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Is It Any Good?

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Jonathan Auxier's THE NIGHT GARDENER is a spell-binding tale that deserves a spot on the shelf between Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of: The supernatural night man is relentlessly evil, cultivating a complex trap to ensnare Molly, Kip, and the Windsors. Though there's a fair amount of violence, it's the sustained suspense that makes this such a gripping read.

Molly and Kip, who take turns on center stage, are likable, sympathetic heroes. As they discover the truth behind the Windsor family's circumstances, young readers might reflect on how little they really know about what goes on in another family's home. Don't be surprised if the fascinating night gardener and Molly's storytelling inspire readers to create their own spin-off tales and artwork. As Auxier makes clear, sometimes the best way to wrestle with something scary is by telling stories.

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