The Night Garden

The Night Garden


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.


The Night Garden has been shortlisted for the 2018 IODE Violet Downey Book Award. 

"The inimitable Horvath . . . infuses her novel with such heart, zest, and humor in the small moments that she's created a book her devoted fan base will cherish. Perfect for fans of [the] Penderwicks books or The Mysterious Benedict Society series." --STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"Horvath limns all this with her familiar tone, in narrator Franny's voice, of mixed dreaminess, erudition, and irritation; events glide from the domestic to offbeat to the supernatural without any friction, creating a world where anything is possible yet all of it is comfortingly mundane. . . .[a]  story of community and love and families in all their messy glory,"  STARRED REVIEW, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Thoughtful, hilarious, and moving; repeated readings reveal even more to appreciate in this superbly crafted tale. An essential purchase for all middle grade collections." School Library Journal

"The quirky characters and Franny's dry-humored narration stand out as Horvath invokes classic literary elements." --Publisher's Weekly

"Horvath's bright prose and unerring sense of timing keep us turning pages to arrive at the book's final, transcendently profound, scene." --The Horn Book

 "This is, for the most part, not a war story but rather a pacy adventure that twins mystery and magic with elegant moments and beautiful descriptions  . . .  Franny is that rare bright heroine whose precocity never becomes irksome. -- Quill and Quire

With evocative language and a hugely appealing protagonist, the latest book from National Book Award winner Polly Horvath is a tantalizing tale."--BookPage


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