Review: The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Best children's book I've read in a long while. World magazine recommended it, and it's perfect for ages 9-14. No romance, good pacing and mystery to keep things moving. A little scary, but not awfully so. Excellent message about not taking the easy way out (sin of escapism) to cope with problems in life. Deftly avoids clunky moralism, though, with a GREAT story. My 11 year old son loved it, and quickly gobbled up with relish Auxier's first story, too.

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