The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

by Jonathan Auxier


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A New York Times bestseller, The Night Gardener 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
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419715310
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 26,001
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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. You can visit him online at

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The Night Gardener 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly great. I love the way he writes, and it really is a spine-chilling book. I finished it in a day or so, to find out it's funny, imaginable, and amazing. Hope you read it! -L.J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really fantastic book but its scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. One of the very few books that I could not put down, and left me pondering the story after reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome i finished it very quickly because it was so good you shoud read it
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is sometime in the 1850s. Two red-headed, Irish children, fourteen year old Molly McConnachie and her ten year old lame brother Kip, from County Donegal, had left Ireland with their parents for a new life during the potato famine. However, something happened to wreck the ship, and Molly and Kip found themselves in an orphanage without their Da and Ma. Molly has been comforting Kip with her storytelling ability. They sneaked away and have come to Cedar Hollow, England, where Molly lands them jobs, she as a maid and Kip as a gardener, at the old Windsor estate in the “Sourwoods.” They meet the master of the house, Mr. Bertrand Windsor, his wife Constance, and their two children, Alistair and Penelope Eleanor or Penny. However, things are not right. The children hear stories about an ancient curse and a mysterious spectre. The house looks as if it is haunted. There is an ugly tree growing right up beside it and actually right into it. The woods surrounding the place have no birds. The Windsors all appear to be sickly. Mr. Windsor seems to have financial problems. Strange men come around asking for money. And something very sinister and eerie is going on at night. Will Molly and Kip be all right? Or will something bad happen to them? And will they ever find their parents? The Night Gardener is said to be the “much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes,” which I have not read but is about a blind ten year old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery and one fateful afternoon steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher that contains three pairs of magical eyes. It apparently bears no direct relationship to The Night Gardener. As to language, one common euphemism (drat) occurs and the term “bloody hell” is found once. Some references to drinking wine and ale and smoking tobacco are found. And there are two or three rather violent deaths. Thus, it might not be appropriate for especially sensitive readers, but there is nothing that most parents would find majorly objectionable. The book is said to be “a Victorian ghost story” with shades of Ray Bradbury, Washington Irving, Frances Hodgson Burnett, J. M. Barrie, and even Henry James. Yet, it is more. It is also a cautionary moral fable about human greed, the dangers of lying, and the power of storytelling. Young people who enjoy spooky stories with a gothic-like setting, a creepy plot, a menacing atmosphere, and memorable characters will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book sucks I didn't even read it HA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this fir an assignment in december it is on of the best books i have read in a ling time but if you get scared a little to esdiky this book is nit fir you. :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a real page turner. I like this book because this willI keep you guessing to the end.The stroy makes me feel excited to read the whole thing.I suggest you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great tale! Excellent story with developed characters. I read the author' notes following the story and I could completely see where he had gotten his inspiriation. Enough spookiness to spark the imagination and enough action to keep me reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The night gardener by Jonathan Auxier has a special place in my heart, if I never had a book to read I would always come back to this one. The story is very freaky and weird and the characters are just as expressive. The story behind the main antagonist to me is very chilling. After awhile I even felt bad for the 2 main characters, Molly and Kip. I don't want to spoil anything that happens in story but the ending is very satisfying. This book is my favorite book ever and I give this book a 10/10. If you haven't given this book a shot yet, you really should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book during the night while in bed. I don't suggest doing that. But it was an amazing story with the plot. Kit with the crippled leg made it way more interesting than it already was! Highlt reccomended. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
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Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
What a great "story"...
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My friend told me all about this book and i thought it sounded great. So we agreed that i could use her copy to read it. It sounds and looks really creepy. I love the way this author came up with this very amazing,creative story. Cant wait to read it!!!!!
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
Gripping, Spooky, and Terrific Molly and Kip are barely surviving when they are offered a job as servants at the supremely creepy, derelict Windsor estate. The people living there are pale, with sunken dark eyes. And the house is visited each evening by a mysterious "night man" who tends a strange tree. Soon Molly and Kip find themselves enmeshed in an ancient curse that threatens the lives of everyone at the Windsor estate. This book is terrific! The creepiness builds steadily until the unbelievably dark seems totally plausible. That's one reason why I typically avoid scary stories - they seem so fake that it's hard for me to buy in to them. In this case, however, Auxier has crafted a tale that is wholly believable. He does it by starting with mundane and carefully adding the creepy, ghost elements. Be warned, though, this book is not for the faint of heart. The idea of a creepy man walking around your house at night, standing over your bed, is sure to give some readers nightmares. Not to mention the collection of violent deaths and the super-creepy-soul-stealing tree. Wonderfully written, beautifully paced, and populated by a cast of richly interesting characters, The Night Gardener kept me totally glued to the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the preview and it creeped me out so i don't know if i should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i think Penny is really cute and Molly is great at story telling
book4children More than 1 year ago
If your kids like creepy legends and spooky tales, this book is for them. The Night Gardener immediately sucks you in and wraps you in its vines, refusing to let go. It's a haunting tale of two young children - a brother with a crippled leg and a sister with a penchant for telling stories...or lies— and the mysterious tree their master's home is built around. Things aren't right at the Windsor home, and Molly sets out to find out why. What she and Kip discover about their new home and the man that wanders the grounds at night is both chilling and seductive. Author's name has delivered yet another classic to the middle grade market. Kids that like things that go bump in the night will love this book. The characters prove themselves worthy heroes as they take on a legend that just might destroy them all. Content: Scary scenes, and violence, but it's not gory or overly detailed. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.