Monday, October 13, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

Flap Copy Description:
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 inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger - and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.

My Thoughts:
If you're looking for a creepy Victorian ghost story to read before Halloween, The Night Gardener just might be the book for you. I was delighted to discover this well-written upper middle grade novel with shades of Stefan Bachmann, Charles Dickens, and even Edgar Allan Poe. Since the protagonist of Mr. Auxier's novel is a storyteller, it was no surprise that the author is himself a master bard. I'm anxiously awaiting the next novel by Jonathan Auxier and I highly recommend The Night Gardener to readers from the ages of eight to eighty.

To learn more about the super-talented author, click here: http://www.thescop.com/about/

5 comments:

  1. I love this kind of ghost story. I have always loved reading middle grade novels with a familiar ring and surprising twist of the past masters of creepiness.

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    1. You just described this novel perfectly! Have a great week, Loree!

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  2. Great review! Like Loree Huebner, I love this kind of ghost story.

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  3. Ps: How did you get a copy of this? I went to the site, and it's not out yet.

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    1. Elizabeth, I actually purchased a hardback copy a couple of months ago. The book was released on May 20th of this year. Is it possible that the site you checked was not updated?

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