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.
“Suspenseful and chilling, this novel is destined to become a classic.” - Governor General Award Committee
“It’s very refreshing to find such a comprehensive story in a standalone book, especially one with humour, kindness, and some real evil.” - The Globe and Mail
“In this regard and others, The Night Gardener is a highly satisfactory instance not only of the traditional Gothic thriller but of a thriller in the broad sense, with a great deal of action and genuinely appealing protagonists.” - The National Post
“Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message … make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget.” - Kirkus (starred review)
“Auxier gives readers a spooky story with depth and dimension.” - School Library Journal (starred review)
“In this action-rich fantasy-adventure, Jonathan Auxier reaches into the grab bag of Victorian story conventions and pulls out a luxurious double handful.” - Quill & Quire
“[An] utterly unique, page turning Gothic thriller, one filled with engaging and unique characters and into which is woven a moral tale about greed and the power of storytelling. Highly recommended.” - Canadian Materials, ****/4
“The book should be read twice: once on tenterhooks for its gripping plot and once to savour the delicious language, rich imagery and wisdom.” - Canadian Children’s Book News
“In his follow up to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Auxier has written another utterly unique, page-turning Gothic thriller, one filled with engaging and unique characters and into which is woven a moral tale about greed and the power of storytelling.” - CM Magazine
“The eerie setting, the pacing of the plot and the cast of characters … makes this an ideal family read-aloud and a vacation pleasure.” - Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“An excellent ghost story for middle grade readers.” - VOYA (“perfect ten” review)
“Historical fiction and horror intertwine in this absolutely gripping story … The Night Gardener is the stuff of nightmares.” - Shelf Employed
“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
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