Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Night Gardener Is a Hauntingly Good Book for Kids

Well, why not start off the new school year with one of my favorite middle grade books this year.  Normally, I am not one to love a ghost story, I am the true definition of wimpy, but this book may have just converted me to the spine tingling genre.  It has heart, fabulous writing and a mystery that needs to be solved.

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Title:       The Night Gardner

Author:  Jonathan Auxier

Target:   Grades 5 and up

Series:    No

What this book is about: 
Two orphans, Molly and Kip, travel to a home in the woods to find employment.  Nothing about this crumbling manor house seems quite right, but they are desperate for work so they ignore their fears and begin their jobs.  The large looming tree which has embedded itself around the house hold secrets, and once it gets its roots into you, it is extremely difficult to ever leave.  While they try to help the family living there, they too are tempted to fall prey to the allure of the tree.

Why I love this book: 
Without a doubt this is one of my favorite books of the year.  The writing is beautiful and while it is a good old fashioned scary story, at it’s heart it is about getting what we wish for, how what we wish for defines us and the difference between stories and lies.  Insightful lessons wrapped in a creepy and bone tingling narrative.  What could be better?

I feel as though I should write more, but just think of this as a brilliant written book which is full of  haunting stuff and it is elevated by the life lessons embedded in the story.  It is one of the books that I still remember weeks after having read it - and I read a lot.

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who loved How to Catch a Bogle.  Set in the same Victorian  time frame with the imaginative evil that only an old fashioned setting allows us to believe is real, these books are just fun.

Final thoughts: 
My current Newbery contender.  This is a gem of a book.

To purchase this book:
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