First the book was a Junior Library Guild selection!
Then it was named a Editor’s Pick Best Book by Amazon!
Then it was named a Top-Ten Pick for the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next list!
And that’s not all. Here are just a few reviews for the book so far:
“Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message … make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget.” – Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
“Auxier gives readers a spooky story with depth and dimension.” – School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“The eerie setting, the pacing of the plot and the cast of characters … makes this an ideal family read-aloud and a vacation pleasure.” – Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW
“an Excellent ghost story for middle grade readers.” – VOYA, “perfect ten” review
“Historical fiction and horror intertwine in this absolutely gripping story … The Night Gardener is the stuff of nightmares.” – Shelf Employed
“Auxier delivers the goods with his precise descriptions of the gothic setting and teasing hints of mystery and suspense” – Horn Book Review
“Auxier achieves an ideal mix of adventure and horror, offering all of it in elegant, atmospheric language that forces the reader to slow down a bit and revel in both the high-quality plot and the storytelling itself.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
And finally, a review from Betsy Bird’s Fuse #8 blog with perhaps my favorite line ever:
“It is almost as if Mr. Auxier took his whimsy, pulled out a long sharp stick, and stabbed it repeatedly in the heart and left it to die in the snow so as to give us a sublimely horrific little novel.”