Review: The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This has great makings of a terrific book — a brother and sister on their own, in desperate circumstances, fall in with a troubled but noble family and stumble on a dark but seductive secret. Horror! Intrigue! Danger! Snooze! It just wasn’t my cup of tea. For a very long time, not much happened. The story just moved so slooowly. In reading the Author’s Note, I was not surprised to find that Jonathan Auxier found some inspiration in Henry James. I remember experiencing reading James as almost painful. Though I cannot imagine any kid in the 10 – 14 range thrilling to this tale, I am in the minority. It was the winner of this year’s MLS Mock Newbery Award. So, don’t listen to me.

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