Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Night Garden by Polly Horvath

Twelve-year-old Franny narrates the adventure Crying Alice’s children brought when they were dumped at Sina and Old Tom’s farm. That farm in coastal British Columbia holds several mysteries that Wilfred, Winifred, and especially six-year-old Zebediah blunder into.

A bigger mystery is the whereabouts of the famous military airplane Crying Alice’s husband works on, and also the husband, for that matter. Set near the end of World War II, The Night Garden has an authentic vintage flavor, funny and quirky characters, and intriguing mysteries that take readers into unexpected magic.

Other forbidden or magical gardens that Horvath’s readers may enjoy include the original Secret Garden by Frances Burnett, The River at Green Knowe by L. M. Boston, and Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. 

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce is a classic worth seeking out.

Review by Carolyn Caywood, retired from VBPL

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