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Jonathan Auxier

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20th Century
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Los Angeles, California, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Trinity Western University
Carnegie Mellon University
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JONATHAN AUXIER is a NYT Bestselling author of strange stories for strange children. His first novel Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes was an ABA New Voices pick and a BookPage Magazine "Best Book" of 2011. His bestselling Night Gardener is a Junior Library Guild selection, an ABA IndieNext pick, an Amazon Editor's Pick of the Month, and winner of the TD Book Prize and ILA Book Award. His latest novel, Sweep, received six starred reviews as well as the Governor General’s Award, Charlotte Huck Award, and Sydney Taylor Award. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and their adorable pet umbrella.



After becoming separated from their parents during their overseas journey from Ireland, Molly and Kip arrive as domestic help at a creepy, isolated house in the forest. The family, a couple with two children, seems a little off, and they act awfully secretive about the locked green door on the second floor. Most unsettling of all, however, are the shadowy figure glimpsed in the darkness and the heavy footsteps Molly and Kip hear each night whose muddy prints are discovered on the floors in the morning.

I selected this book to fulfill the category "a middle grade horror novel" in this year's Read Harder challenge. The writing is decent, but I never really got invested in the story so it felt a bit of a chore to get through. I'd probably recommend it to a kid looking for a spooky story, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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ryner | 61 andre anmeldelser | Apr 3, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is a very cute adventure story for young children. There are lots of interestingly combined animals that like very human foods. One example is a Gargantula that eats oatmeal cookies.

The illustrations are bright, cheerful and fun. The story takes place at night and features the moon in a significant way, which is a personal favourite story element of mine in kids and other types of books.

This is the second book I've read by Jonathan Auxier. This was much more lighthearted than Sweep. As it should be, being a kids book. I have to say it's nice to see an author with range for the fun and the serious. I'd be happy to read on in the series to see what adventure Auggie goes on next.

*Please note I won a copy of this book in a Librarything Giveaway*
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Melissalovesreading | 15 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
After being separated from their parents by a shipwreck, Molly and Kip travel to the spooky “sour woods” to work for the Windsor family. The branches and roots of a huge tree grow into the walls and ceilings of the house. Each morning, Molly cleans muddy shoe prints and sweeps leaves from the hallways. Molly and Kip discover that these are left by a mysterious man who comes to the house every night to tend the tree. Molly and Kip notice other distressing things. Each night, everyone in the house suffers from terrible nightmares that are connected to the Night Gardener’s visits. And each morning, Mr. and Mrs. Windsor and their children are sicker and more despondent. Even Molly, who sleeps in the house, is affected as her red hair and green eyes turn black. The logical thing would be for them all to leave, but the tree holds them by giving each of them the one thing they most desire. Can Molly and Kip find a way to break the spell and save the Windsors before it is too late?
©2024 Kathy Maxwell at https://bookskidslike.com
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kathymariemax | 61 andre anmeldelser | Feb 5, 2024 |
As long as Nan Sparrow can remember, Sweep has taken care of her. They sleep on rooftops snuggled against warm chimneys. When there is nothing to eat, Sweep spins story soup (with small pieces of trash collected during the day) to keep Nan from thinking about her hungry stomach. Sweep disappears one night when Nan is six. To stay alive, Nan must climb for a harsh taskmaster named Wilkie Crudd, Esq. Despite the extreme hardships, Nan has Sweep’s hat and a bit of char hidden in the hat’s crown. The char gives off a comforting warmth that keeps Nan warm on the cold nights in Crudd’s coal bin. One day, Nan gets tightly stuck in a flue bend. Roger, Crudd’s head climber, seeks revenge on Nan by setting a fire in the fireplace. She is certain that she will die in the chimney, but she wakes up in an empty attic. How did she escape the chimney? When she reaches for the char lying next to her, it moves. Then, she notices that char has two little eyes and a mouth. Somehow, char broke through the chimney stack and rescued Nan. What follows is a miraculous journey. The char grows into Charlie, a golem-like creature, who can walk and talk. Wilkie Crudd and his crew think Nan died in the chimney so she works hard to keep herself hidden while she finds jobs to keep herself alive. Nan and Charlie live in an abandoned mansion. Nan’s luck runs out when Crudd finds her, but Charlie saves her life.
©2024 Kathy Maxwell at https://bookskidslike.com
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kathymariemax | 26 andre anmeldelser | Feb 5, 2024 |



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