From Newbery Honor--and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath, a magical middle grade novel that features a garden that grants wishes.
It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. 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 where he is stationed because she suspects he's up to no good. Soon after the children move in, letters start to arrive from their father and they don't understand what they mean until it is too late to stop him from doing something that threatens to change their whole lives. Can the ancient, forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help? And if it does, at what cost?
POLLY HORVATH is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature. She has also been shortlisted for The Deutscher Jugenliteraturpreis, Germany's most prestigious literature award. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She lives in Metchosin, British Columbia. pollyhorvath.com
"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
"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
"Franny's first-person narration is wry and intelligent, infused with Horvath's trademark humor." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A] pacy adventure that twins mystery and magic with elegant moments and beautiful descriptions." --Quill & Quire
"National Book Award winner Horvath writes with accessible eloquence, making what would be fantastical in another setting quite plausible on this island populated with whimsical, winsome characters… 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
"[A] story of community and love and families in all their messy glory." --STARRED REVIEW, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The Night Garden is a tapestry of mystery, mermaids, ghosts, hermits, and UFOs, embossed with a strong message about love. Polly reminds us, with humour and her quirky assembly of eccentric, mischievous misfits, that families come in an infinite combination of patterns, including family by choice." --The Winnipeg Review
"3/4… Horvath’s work is always something special, with a touch of magic that makes it seem as though it takes place in another world, although it is very much our own… there is no shortage of Horvath’s signature witty, pithy, and philosophical writing… Recommended." --CM Magazine