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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > October 2017 > How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Polly Horvath adds to the children’s garden-lit canon – and her entry grants wishes


The Night Garden

Polly Horvath Puffin Canada, Ages 9–12

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE abounds with magical gardens: from the walled plot that Mary Lennox coaxes back to life in The Secret Garden, to the setting for a time-travelling friendship in Tom’s Midnight Garden, to Oxford’s Botanic Gardens in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. At once intriguing and healing, the best ones quietly become characters in their own right.

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