The Night Garden (Hardcover)

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Once again, Polly Horvath delivers a satisfying and entirely unpredictable tale!  To Franny, WWII seems very far away from her home on Vancouver Island . . . until her neighbor starts sending secret messages from an airbase, then disappears, and his kids are left with Franny and her parents.  Mystery and magic start to permeate Franny’s everyday world.  Did a mermaid rescue the local hermit?  Was that a UFO flying around town?  Are there ghosts in the kitchen, messages on the radio, and a psychic in the kitchen?  And what will happen if Franny and her visitors set foot in the forbidden Night Garden?  

— Laura


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.

About the Author

Polly Horvath has written many books for children and young adults, among them Everything on a Waffle, The Canning Season, and One Year in Coal Harbor. She has won numerous awards including a National Book Award, Newbery Honor, Toronto Dominion Award, International White Raven, and Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book of the Year. She has also been short-listed for Germany's most prestigious literature award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, as well as the Writer's Trust Vicky Metcalfe Award for her body of work and many others. Her books have been New York Times and Publishers Weeklybestsellers and Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah picks. She is translated into over 25 languages and her books are taught in children's literature curricula in North America and internationally. She lives in British Columbia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374304522
ISBN-10: 0374304521
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English