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Polly Horvath has written many books for children and young adults. She has won numerous awards including a National Book Award, Newbery Honor, Toronto Dominion Award, International White Raven, Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book of the Year, short-listed for Germany's most prestigious literature award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, the Writer's Trust Vicky Metcalfe Award for her body of work, and many others.

Her books have been New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers and Rosie O'Donell and Oprah picks. She is translated into over twenty-five languages and her books are taught in children's literature curricula in North America and internationally.

Polly Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She now lives in Metchosin, British Columbia and is both an American and a Canadian citizen.  She is married and has two daughters.

Her books have received international recognition. Publishers Weekly has called her work "unruly, unpredictable and utterly compelling."

 

The Night Garden

Coming September 2017

From Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author Polly Horvath is this magical middle-grade novel about a garden that grants wishes.

It is World War II, and Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life on a farm on Vancouver Island. Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens―including the ancient, mysterious night garden.

Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base because she suspects he's up to no good.

Soon after the children move in, letters arrive from their father that suggest he's about to do something to change their lives; and appearances from a stubborn young cook, UFOs, hermits, and ghosts only make life stranger.

Can the forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help them all out of trouble? And if so, at what cost? The Night Garden is a poignant and hilarious story from acclaimed children's author Polly Horvath.