The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier


Separated from their parents, Molly and Kip are Irish immigrants who struggle to survive on the streets of England. When Molly finds employment at an old manor house, she believes their fortunes may have finally changed. But, upon arrival, the house is not all it appears to be. Dilapidated and crumbling, it’s clear from the house that its owners may not be the wealthy landowners they claim to be. What’s more, when cleaning the house each morning, Molly finds the same set of dirty footprints tracking the floors — footprints that couldn’t belong to any of the family members. Molly and Kip soon find that there’s more to the house than they bargained for, and they must do everything they can to escape their situation with their lives.

If you like spooky ghost stories, this one is pretty good. BUT, it’s not the best I’ve read. To me, it seemed like the plot dragged a bit, especially after the big secret reveal. There’s plenty of action, though, and the characters are all really well done. Pick this one up, especially, if you’re a fan of historical fiction. It’s a good one — just not my absolute favorite.

Rating: 3.5/5

*ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2015

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