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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 specter 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very imaginative and clever, with traditional fairy-tale storytelling, it’s a richly spooky read…It is much more a fable about avarice and the inherent goodness in storytelling than anything else, and more Sleepy Hollow and Jane Eyre than Harry Potter. It’s very refreshing to find such a comprehensive story in a standalone book, especially one with humor, kindness, and some real evil.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • 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.”

    National Post (Toronto)

  • “Storytelling and the secret desires of the heart wind together in this atmospheric novel that doubles as a ghost tale…Auxier gives readers a spooky story with depth and dimension…Storytelling as a force to cope with life’s challenges is subtly expressed and adds complexity to the fast-paced plot.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Replete with engaging figurative language and literary allusions to works ranging from the Bible to Paradise Lost, Auxier’s creepy Victorian ghost story is an allegory on greed and the power of stories…Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message, Arrasmith’s atmospheric drawings and touches of humor amid the horror make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Auxier’s second novel is part morality play, part ghost story, and all enthralling.”

    Booklist

  • “This ghost story, set in Victorian England, is rich with memorable characters, which narrator Beverley Crick splendidly brings to life…Crick dynamically renders fourteen-year-old Molly, a sublime storyteller, as well as her lively, smart younger brother…Crick sounds genuine as the snobbish wealthy family members, and her best creation is Hester, a wise and wily witch who teaches the kids valuable lessons. Young listeners will be entranced.”

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  • Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children's Literature
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About the Author
Author Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier writes strange stories for strange children. His first novel Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes was an ABA New Voices pick and a BookPage “Best Book” of 2011. His new book The Night Gardener is a Junior Library Guild selection, an ABA IndieNext pick, an Amazon Editor’s Pick of the Month, and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, The Silver Birch Award, and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and their adorable pet umbrella.

About the Narrator

Beverley A. Crick is an actress and accomplished voice-over artist. Her credits include film, television, commercials, radio, corporate narrations, looping, theater, comedy, and hosting, as well as audiobook narration.