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The Night Gardener

by Jonathan Auxier

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
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  • Published in USA  May 2014
    368 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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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"Starred Review. 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

"Starred Review. Readers of Mary Downing Hahn or Peg Kehret's ghost novels will connect with the supernatural elements and the independent child protagonists of Auxier's tale of things that go bump in the night." - School Library Journal

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Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier teaches creative writing and children's literature. He is the author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which the Wall Street Journal called "as delightful a magical story as readers ages 9–14 will hope to find." He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

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