The Night Garden

The Night Garden

Book - 2017
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Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is turned upside down when their neighbor, Crying Alice, drops off her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base where he is stationed. She fears he is planning something terrible.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Puffin Canada,, 2017
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780143198642
0143198645
Characteristics: 292 pages

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VaughanPLDonnalee Jan 23, 2019

I found this book a little odd overall. The story takes place in British Columbia during World War II. Franny, a young budding writer, lives happily and quietly with her eccentric adoptive parents Sina and Old Tom. Their lives are disrupted when they end up caring for three neighbouring children whose parents have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The book is odd because it mixes multiple genres and the resulting tone shifts are sometimes jarring. It is a war story, so there are many war references, but the mysterious magical Night Garden introduces fantasy elements which doesn't always mesh well with the serious war elements. There are also sections which are clearly intended to be quirky and funny, but again I found the tone jarring with the serious war story elements. The story was entertaining and fast-paced with interesting characters, so it was a pleasant read.

MissAnnie Nov 23, 2017

This is a fine story that starts out as a humorous family romp and morphs into a magical adventure brimming with wonderfully quirky characters.

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Feb 12, 2018

gjrainey thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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