The Night Gardener
A Scary StoryeBook - 2014
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SPL_Childrens Jul 16, 2015
Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener is one of those truly mesmerizing tales which remind us how very powerful and haunting a well-told story can be.
As Molly and Kip, two orphans, make their way through the “Sourwoods” to Windsor Mansion, where they have been hired as servants, local peop... Read More »
Two young orphans, Kip and Molly, become servants at a creepy old house that is filled with strange creatures, sinister secrets and many other horrors. ** This spooky, suspenseful story is the winner of the 2015 Silver Birch for Fiction Award. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
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“I think I figured it out." She sniffed, looking up at the stars. "Hester asked me what the difference between a story and a lie was. At the time, I told her that a story helps folks. 'Helps 'em do what?' she asked. Well, I think I know the answer. A story helps folks face the world, even when it frightens 'em. And a lie does the opposite. It helps you hide.”
“Stories come in all different kinds." Hester scooted closer, clearly enjoying the subject at hand. "There's tales, which are light and fluffy. Good for a smile on a sad day. Then you got yarns, which are showy-yarns reveal 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." She raised a mysterious eyebrow. "Legends are different from the rest on account no one knows where they start. Folks don't tell legends; they repeat them. Over and over again through history.”
“A story helps folks face the world, even when it frightens ‘em. And a lie does the opposite. It helps you hide.”
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Molly and her brother come to an old mansion, hoping for work. Instead they find powerful secrets. There is a magical tree right beside the house. It can give you whatever you want, but for a price: you must pay by giving part of your soul.
2 poor kids go to a mansion to be maids and gardeners. The house is very creepy and weird things are happening.
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.
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