THE NIGHT GARDENER
New York : Amulet Books, 2014
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
"Stories come in all different kinds. There's tales, which are light and fluffy. Good for a smile on a sad day. Then you got yarns, which are showy-- yarns revel more about the teller than the story. After that there's myths, which are stories made up by whole groups of people. And last of all, there's legends. Legends are different from the rest on account no one knows where they start. Folks don't tell legends; they repeat them. Over and again through history." Molly is a story teller. She and her brother have fled from the Irish famine but their parents were lost in the Irish Sea. Now the children are alone in the world. They have gotten jobs at a very spooky home and Molly tells her brother many stories to keep the truth from him. But she wonders. What is a story and what is a lie?
If you are in the mood for an old-fashioned, creepy, scary, bone-chilling twisted mystery, this book is for you. The spooky Victorian house where Molly and Kip, two Irish orphans are employed holds a deep dark secret in its "roots". Does the tall stranger with the black hat and watering can, who wanders the house at night, hold the key to this murky mystery? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award Committee)
Two Irish orphans make
their way to work at a dilapidated manor house that the
locals avoid at all costs. They soon realize the house
holds a terrible secret that could be far worse than
living on the streets. The siblings must unravel the
dark and terrifying mystery before itís too late to
escape the reach of the Night Gardener. (Booktalk by the Louisiana
Young Readers' Choice Committee)
After the disappearance
of their parents, fourteen-year-old Molly and her
younger brother Kip are left to take care of themselves.
They flee from their native Ireland during the Great
Potato Famine and arrive in England, where they find
themselves penniless and homeless. Desperate to find
jobs and a place to live, Molly and Kip seek employment
as servants at the Windsor house despite the many
warnings that the local townspeople give them. Upon
entering the estate, they immediately sense that
something isnít quite right. The house is eerie and
dark, a creepy twisted old tree grows alongside the
house, and the Windsor family is strange and unnaturally
pale. Soon Molly and Kip discover that the estate is
haunted by the Night Gardener, a spirit who grants
wishes but also feeds off the souls of those who inhabit
the house. Together, Molly and Kip must overcome the
powers the spirit holds over them and come to accept the
truths of their past. (Dorothy
Canfield Fisher Book Award DCF 2015 - 2016)
Estate, long known for its extravagant inhabitants, has
called Molly and Kip into its fold as the newest
housekeepers for the Windsor family. Not long
after arriving and settling into jobs, eerie happenings
begin. Who is leaving muddy footprints and leaves
in the hallways, who is behind the mounds in the yard
and why is that door upstairs always locked? Was
the storyteller along the road just telling them stories
or was she warning them of the things to come?
|SUBJECTS: Ghosts -- Fiction.
Household employees -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Storytelling -- Fiction.
Blessing and cursing -- Fiction.
Dwellings -- Fiction.