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. Praise for "The Night Gardener" STARRED REVIEWS "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
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 thescop.com."