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Book review of "The Night Gardener" by Jonathan Auxier

Today I'm reviewing a book published by Harry N. Abrams in 2015. This book is a New York Times Bestseller (and for good reason). It is called The Night Gardner, written by Jonathan Auxier.


For this review, I have a guest with me today: my eight years old daughter, who has read the book with me. She shares her opinion of the book in this video.


Overview of points discussed in this review:


Strengths of the book


  • Believable/genuine characters

  • Good dialogue and action

  • Clear theme/point

  • Brilliant/satisfying ending


Weaknesses of the book


  • Logic and clarity


Although I list logic and clarity as a weakness, it really isn’t a true weakness. There were barely three points in the book where more clarity would have benefitted the book or where the story logic fell off a little for me.


We also discuss the scare factor of the book in this review, which for the average reader, we determined, could be fairly high. It is a scary book, although my daughter and I were not scared at all—but we don’t scare easily.


In all, this book is phenomenal—a must read for ages middle grade and up.




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