Free download The Night Gardener è PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å Jonathan Auxier

The Night GardenerL 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 uite what. 31018 299 for KindleLoved it Appropriate for Middle Grade readers who enjoy a bit of scare Might be too scary for younger kids so parents be aware Perfectly creepy Might start off a bit slow for some but it builds and is very well told

characters The Night Gardener

Free download The Night Gardener è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ù 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 huThey seem Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives With Auxier’s exuisite command of language The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the maki. Creepy as all get out An accomplished gothic ghost story with new elements that feels very traditional And special bonus it actually incorporates some of the real life horror of the Irish Famine and Victorian poverty Not everyone cares for this but the author note at the end points out some of the sources that went into the mix which offers great suggestions for further readingLibrary copy

Jonathan Auxier Å 5 Free download

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 mora. For whatever reason 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction I speak from experience Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful darkness from The Glass Sentence and The Thickety to The Riverman and Twelve Minutes to Midnight with varying levels of success And though none would contest the fact that they are creepy only Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener has had the chutzpah to actually write “A Scary Story” on its title pages as a kind of thoughtful dare A relatively new middle grade author still young in the field reading this book it’s hard to reconcile it with Auxier's previous novel Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes It is almost as if Mr Auxier took his whimsy pulled out a long sharp stick and stabbed it repeatedly in the heart and left it to die in the snow so as to give us a sublimely horrific little novel Long story short this novel is Little Shop of Horrors meets The Secret Garden I hope I’m not giving too much away by saying that Even if I am I regret nothing Here we have a book that ostensibly gives us an old fashioned tale worthy of Edgar Allan Poe but that steeps it in a serious and thought provoking discussion of the roles of both lies and stories when you’re facing difficulties in your life Madcap brilliant Molly and Kip are driving a fish cart pulled by a horse named Galileo to their deaths That’s what everyone’s been telling them anyway Living without parents Molly sees herself as her brother’s guardian and is intent upon finding a safe place for the both of them When she’s hired to work as a servant at the mysterious Windsor estate she thinks the job might be too good to be true Indeed the place located deep in something called “the sour woods” is a decrepit old mansion falling apart at the seams The locals avoid it and advise the kids to do so too Things are even stranger inside The people who live in the hollow home appear to be both pale and drawn And it isn’t long before both Molly and Kip discover the mysterious night gardener who enters the house unbidden every evening tending to a tree that seems to have a life of its own A tree that can grant you your heart’s desire if you would like And all it wants in return Nothing you’d ever miss Just a piece of your soul For a time the book this most reminded me of was MP Kozlowsky’s little known Juniper Berry a title that could rival this one in terms of creepiness Both books involve trees and wishes and souls tied into unlawful bargains with dark sources There the similarities end though Auxier has crafted with undeniable care a book that dares to ask whether or not the things we wish for are the things best for us in the end His storytelling works in large part too because he gives us a uniue situation Here we have two characters that are desperately trying to stay in an awful dangerous situation by any means necessary You sympathize with Molly’s dilemma at the start but even though you’re fairly certain there’s something awful lurking beneath the surface of the manor you find yourself rooting for her really hoping that she gets the job of working there It’s a strange sensation this dual hope to both save the heroine and plunge her into deeper danger What really made The Night Gardener stand out for me however was that the point of the book insofar as I could tell was to establish storytelling vs lies At one point Molly thinks seriously about what the difference between the two might be “Both lies and stories involved saying things that weren’t true but somehow the lies inside the stories felt true” She eventually comes to the conclusion that lies hurt people and stories help them a statement that is met with agreement on the part of an old storyteller named Hester who follows the words up with “But helps them to do what” These thoughts are continued later when Molly considers further and says “A story helps folks face the world even when it frightens ‘em And a lie does the opposite It helps you hide” Nuff said As I mentioned before Auxier’s previous novel Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes was his original chapter book debut As a devotee of Peter Pan and books of that ilk it felt like of an homage at times that a book that stood on its own two feet In the case of The Night Gardener no such confusion remains Auxier’s writing has grown some chest hair and put on some muscles Consider for example a moment when Molly has woken up out of a bad dream to find a dead leaf in her hair “Molly held it up against the window letting the moonlight shine through its brittle skin Tiny twisted veins branched out from the center stem – a tree inside a tree” I love the simplicity of that Particularly when you take into account the fact that the tree that created the leaf may not have been your usual benign sapling In the back of the book in his Author’s Note Auxier acknowledges his many influences when writing this Everything from Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes to The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Gent by Washington Irving to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s simple only on the surface The Secret Garden All these made sense to me though I’m not familiar with the Irving yet but I wondered if there were other ties out there as well For example the character of Hester an old storyteller and junk woman reminded me of nothing so much as the junk woman character in the Jim Henson film Labyrinth A character that in that film also straddles the line between lies and stories and how lying to yourself only does you harm Coincidence or influence Only Mr Auxier knows for sure If I am to have any kind of a problem with the book then perhaps it is with the Irish brogue Not I should say that any American child is even going to notice it Rather it’ll be adults like myself that can’t help but see it and find it ever so briefly takes us out of the story I don’t find it a huge impediment but rather a pebble sized stumbling block barely standing in the way of my full enjoyment of the piece In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling offers some very good advice on dealing with uncertain magical beings “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain” Would that our heroes in this book had been handed such advice early in life but then I guess we wouldn’t have much of a story to go on now would we In the end the book raises as many uestions as it answers Do we as humans have an innate fear of becoming beholden to the plants we tend Was the villain of the piece’s greatest crime to wish away death Maybe the Peter Pan influence still lingers in Mr Auxier's pen but comes out in unexpected ways This is the kind of book that would happen if Captain Hook a man most afraid of the ticking of a clock took up horticulture instead of piracy But the uestions about why we lie to ourselves and why we find comfort in stories are without a doubt the sections that push this book from mere Hammer horror to horror that makes you stop and think even as you run like mad to escape the psychopaths on your heels Smart and terrifying by turns hand this book to the kid who supped of Coraline and came back to you demanding Sweet creepy stuffFor ages 10 and up