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The Night Gardener
The Night Gardener | Jonathan Auxier
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. Praise for The Night Gardener STARRED REVIEWS "Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message, Auxier’s atmospheric drawings and touches of humor amid the horror make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Storytelling and the secret desires of the heart wind together in this atmospheric novel that doubles as a ghost tale." --School Library Journal, starred review "Auxier achieves an ideal mix of adventure and horror, offering all of it in elegant, atmospheric language that forces the reader to slow down a bit and revel in both the high-quality plot and the storytelling itself." --Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "All proper scary stories require a spooky, menacing atmosphere, and Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes) delivers the goods with his precise descriptions of the gothic setting and teasing hints of mystery and suspense." --The Horn Book Magazine Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next List
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julesG
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A tree that makes your desires come true. A dark man who haunts the house at night, leaving muddy footprints. Two Irish orphans looking for a home. A storyteller. A family of four living in the forest...

A fantastic story.

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julesG
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Week 5 Check-in

#BFCR2 #TeamFlow @CocoReads @Reecaspieces @Moony @imabusybee @laurenslibrary @LibrarianJen @britt_brooke @wanderinglynn

My fitbit counts floors upon floors since I'm wearing it on my wrist. Definitely a bug. My guess is I've managed about a third of those floors, so roughly 60.

41 Books in total

britt_brooke Rock star! Great week! 🙌🏻 4w
Megabooks Fantastic!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
wanderinglynn Are you sure it‘s a bug? Because it measures changes in elevation. Either way, you had a fantastic week! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 🎉 4w
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julesG @wanderinglynn Thanks. Yes, I know it measures the changes in elevation, but the Fitbit One wasn't made for wearing on the wrist. It's supposed to be carried in your trouser pocket, or clipped to a belt or bra. It's probably why most of the newer Fitbits, worn on the wrist, no longer support floor counting. 3w
wanderinglynn Ah, I didn‘t realize your had the Fitbit one. That makes sense. 👍🏻 Still, I‘m sure you got quite a few stairs in. 3w
sudi Awesome! 👏👏👏 3w
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julesG
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Sitting outside next to Penny the Witch listening to the tagged #audiobook and working on a pair of fingerless mittens.

14 hours so far, probably more. Didn't take precise times.

#24B4Monday #readathon @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

jb72 Great job! 4w
Andrew65 Fantastic time. 👏👏👏 4w
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julesG
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Ice cream is supposed to help sore feet. I don't have sore feet, but my market bag was so heavy today - lots of vendors gave me extra stuff at the end of the market day.

After carrying it all home, I chopped veggies, peaches, gooseberries,... Froze some, made jam out of the fruit and made frozen banana yoghurt.

#BFCR2 #TeamFlow @CocoReads @Reecaspieces @Moony @imabusybee @laurenslibrary @LibrarianJen @britt_brooke @wanderinglynn

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imabusybee So eating ice cream with your hands then. 😍yummy!! 4w
julesG @imabusybee No, put the hand under the large plate. 4w
Soubhiville Frozen bananas puréed in the blender is a favorite of mine too! I haven‘t tried adding yogurt, sounds like a great idea! 4w
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julesG @Soubhiville Yoghurt and/or peanut butter, or almond butter 4w
Soubhiville Mmmmmm! Thanks for the ideas! Hope your hand feels better. 4w
wanderinglynn Frozen banana yogurt sounds delicious! 😋 4w
CocoReads Frozen banana yogurt sounds great! 4w
CaroPi I now want to make frozen banana yogurt 4w
julesG @Soubhiville Thanks. Might get a blister on the middle finger. I'll proudly tape it with bright yellow plaster. 👿 4w
julesG @wanderinglynn @CocoReads @CaroPi So easy to make. Chop bananas, without peel of course. Freeze bananas. Put frozen bananas in blender. Add some plain yoghurt (I had plain Greek yoghurt - divine!). Blitz for about 20 seconds on highest setting. 4w
Amandajoy How does ice cream help sore feet? 4w
julesG @Amandajoy It's more a reward than an actual remedy. For more information you will have to ask @CoverToCoverGirl. I learned that trick from her. 😁 4w
Amandajoy That makes sense. I was thinking you might have to put it on your feet or something. Figured it must be a good remedy if you were going to waste perfectly good ice creamm 4w
BooknerdsLife Awww sounds like a great day 🥰💖👏🏼 And now I want to try frozen banana yogurt too 😍😋🍌 4w
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Branwen
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Meeting Jonathan Auxier was an absolute hoot! He signed my book and then drew a 'crappy' portrait of me! 🤣😂 #nerdcamp

LibrarianRyan Horrid lie portrait. Truest crap. 👍🏻😁 1mo
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Branwen @LibrarianRyan @Blueberry Yes! 🤣😂😉 1mo
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saresmoore I love it! 1mo
Bette ❤️ absolutely loved Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore Thank you! 🤗💕 @Bette Oooh! I haven't read that one! Is it a sequel to Peter Nimble or is it a stand alone? 1mo
Bette I haven't read Peter Nimble but I think it was a stand alone, it was so full of heart, and although the history behind it was heartbreaking, I just loved it. 1mo
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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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I loved everything about this book! It‘s a story about the importance of stories, told in a beautifully creepy tale that evokes the fairy tales and fables of childhood. The characters were charming and the ending was satisfying - definitely a recommended read!

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GatheringBooks
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#NoFemmeber Day 20: More than #JustACreep(y) book, at the core of this story is darkness deeply rooted in time & fallen leaves, a desire for growth & life at the same time that it reeks of death. There is obsession here too, packaged innocuously as presents from the ‘giving tree‘ kept in full horrid bloom by The Night Gardener with the hollow eyes. The breathing tree know each heart‘s yearnings and secrets. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8AU

Centique Whoa this sounds amazing! 9mo
Billypar Those quotes you included sold me- sounds wonderfully creepy! And I love discussions about the nature of storytelling. 9mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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I succumbed to the Audible sale. I had a lot of books in my cart and culled the list by cross checking with my library‘s audiobooks.

sammisho That is how I narrowed down my cart too! 10mo
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Iceangel9
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Very creepy, very cool!

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Clwojick
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Starting this one tonight. 🎃

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Clwojick
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This was the stack that I picked up to add to my #OctoberTBR. I‘ll be reading books that fit into my #BlackCatChallenge, and some for the #Screamathon and then also some fun fall cozies! I can‘t wait! 📚☺️👻

Aside from the Charlaine Harris, I‘ve never heard of any of these books before. Have any of you lovely Littens read any of these books? I‘d love to hear your thoughts! 💭

mydearwatson I‘ve heard of _The Night Gardener_, but I haven‘t read it 😕. 12mo
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toofondofbooks
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This is an excellent spooky middle grade read. #recommended

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bookish_wookish
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Quick little Goodwill haul today!!! Total $3.98 🙌🏻

Schlinkles I love Ghostgirl! 2y
GatheringBooks awesome loot! 2y
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Tamra
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I loved this story! I wouldn‘t recommend for kids under 12, as it‘s properly gothic spooky. The narration was terrific in the audio version. 🎧

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LinaLovesLit
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I‘ve posted a review of this book on my blog and Instagram account...

http://instagram.com/lina_loves_lit
https://linaemery.wixsite.com/linaloveslit

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Mccartershanon
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Day 13 🍂 Hard Lessons: what's the difference between a story and a lie? The answer might surprise you #awesomeautumnbooks

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Mccartershanon
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Completely unexpected, totally blew me away! See the full review here: https://youtu.be/HJO0W3T1GGI 💕📖

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Mccartershanon
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So. Freaking. Good. 10/10

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Mccartershanon
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"Funny things wishes. You can't hold them in your hand and yet just one could unmake the world."

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Mccartershanon
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Percy loves reading with me

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Mccartershanon
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"A lie hurts people, a story helps them." "But helps them do what? That's the real question."

RaimeyGallant Deep. 2y
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Mccartershanon
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I literally can't put this book down! So glad to see middle grade books are still telling these kinds of stories

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Mccartershanon
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Do they still count as stories we the other person thinks they're true? - The Night Gardener pg 52

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Mccartershanon
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It happened!!!!! My book store has shopping carts!!!!!! *dies*

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Kyrie.Lynelle
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Just the right amount of scary for my 4th grade class. The characters were dynamic and easy to love, plus the chapters were short, and always ended on a cliffhanger- perfect for a read aloud! All in all, I'd give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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UnabridgedTomes
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Perfect training wheels for the soon-to-be-Ray-Bradbury fan in your life. Creepy, sinister, and intriguing, the ghosts haunting the pages will stay within the covers without following you into your nightmares (which is a plus for young readers or grown ups like me who are allergic to horror).

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UnabridgedTomes
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Taking advantage of my three-year-old-free weekend to reread Station Eleven and three new-to-me books, too.

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Read66
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Loved this young adult horror story - a scary monster, exciting action and lots of great characters. This novel is totally deserving of all the award shortlists and starred reviews that it got.

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ItelyReads
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I found this at the library. Just started reading but couldn't put it down. I read it for 3h hrs straight!

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itsabbe
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What a wonderfully creepy tale! #mg

MarriedtoMrT Just brought this home from the library today! 3y
itsabbe @MarriedtoMrT I can't wait to hear what you think of it! 3y
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klwestenberg
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Prepping for Middle Grade Book Club and read this one straight through. A great, semi-spooky tale about the power of storytelling and courage. Looking forward to discussing it with the kiddos tomorrow!

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adarling1031
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knocking out another Caudill

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KristySP
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A dark and gloomy read for the first day of October. I live when my book fits the weather. #hellooctober

Linsy Great cover!! 3y
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GraveMistake
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This started as a bedtime book for my son, but rapidly became a bit too creepy for him. I enjoyed finishing it on my own.

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SHUPERBookLover
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Deliciously creepy reading for your 9-12 year old group. History without the boredom, scary without the lingering fear, protagonists your middle reader can root for and a cast of characters to love and hate. Excellent Christmas gift for your middle readers. Auxier is Canadian born.

Thedrunkstrawberry Even though I am far beyond 9-12 I still love reading books aimed at this age range. They're so fun and fantastical. 3y
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BookladyOnTheMove
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Excited to start this one.

Bibliogeekery I loved this one! I was reading it aloud my nieces but they got too scared so I finished it in my own! 3y
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Arkrayder
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This book drew me in and was a real page turner, right up to the end. It reminded me of home and I could relate to Molly and Kip. However. I have never heard anyone in Ireland say the words 'canna' or 'dinna'. As far as I'm aware that's a Scottish expression. Reading those words jarred me out of the story a little bit. But it's a small criticism. I highly recommend everyone to read this novel. I would really look forward to a sequel to this novel.

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annchick12
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This book was very good- kind of creepy though... But it has a really interesting and bone chilling story!! I would give this book a 5/5 star review!

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Lindy
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Most evil tree in children's literature. Rowling's whomping willow, Tolkein's ents, Patrick Ness' yew in A Monster Calls, and Chris Grabenstein's oak in The Crossroads have nothing on the sourwood at the heart of Jonathan Auxier's cautionary tale. Even its dried leaves are scary!

Texasblues This one was so creepy! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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I was reading this book aloud to my six year old nephew. It started to get "too spooky" for him so he abandoned it. I finished it myself (I can't not finish books once started). It is spooky but also a lovely gothic children's story!

quirkyreader I love the photo of 3y
quirkyreader The grate. 3y
Bibliogeekery @quirkyreader thanks! It's in my bedroom. I'm quite a fan of it too! 😀 3y
SusanInTiburon I love when kids know what they are and aren't ready to hear! I can see how it might be too spooky to a 6, but I read it as an adult and liked it a lot. 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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A Freebie today thanks to Barnes and Noble summer reading for kids! Love free books!

Cortg I listened to this last month, wasn't a big fan but it has good reviews! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Thanks. It is going in my TBR pile! 3y
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