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About Jonathan Auxier
Jonathan Auxier writes strange stories for strange children--including PETER NIMBLE & HIS FANTASTIC EYES and THE NIGHT GARDENER. Raised in Canada, Jonathan now lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and family. Find out more by visiting www.TheScop.com, where he blogs about children's books old and new.
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Titles By Jonathan Auxier
Long before humans walked the land, it came to Erdas. Wicked, patient, and hungry, it has slept beneath the surface of the world.
Now the Wyrm is awakening.
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are four heroes who are split between worlds, braving separate paths in order to stop this evil. With a strange and unlikely new group of allies behind them, the young guardians have a real chance at saving their home--but they will have to move fast.
An ancient trap exists, hidden within the folds of Erdas itself. Though it has the power to end this war for good, the means of starting the trap have been lost. The young heroes only have one shot. They must work with their spirit animals to uncover a secret older than time. If they can't, then everything will be consumed.
Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life—saving one another in the process. By one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.
Praise for Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
"Auxier has a juggler's dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses." -Kirkus Reviews
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.
Praise for The Night Gardener
"Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message, Auxier’s atmospheric drawings and touches of humor amid the horror make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Storytelling and the secret desires of the heart wind together in this atmospheric novel that doubles as a ghost tale."
--School Library Journal, starred 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
"All proper scary stories require a spooky, menacing atmosphere, and Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes) delivers the goods with his precise descriptions of the gothic setting and teasing hints of mystery and suspense."
--The Horn Book Magazine
Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next List
Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.
Auggie is the caretaker at the Fabled Stables, a home for one-of-a-kind creatures. Auggie is one-of-a-kind, too. He’s the only boy on the island, which can get a little lonely. Luckily, he’s got Fen, his trusty stick-in-the-mud. But, being a stick-in-the-mud, Fen can get more-than-a-little grumpy.
Soon enough, Auggie learns that his job is not only to care for creatures at the Stables, but also to save creatures in the Wide World from danger. In this first adventure, Willa the Wisp is being chased by the Rooks, an evil group of hunters keen on using one-of-a-kind creatures for their own dark ends. It’s up to Auggie to help Willa escape the Rooks and find refuge at the Stables, before it’s too late!
Auggie loves his job at the Fabled Stables, but he fears the day when it will come to an end. Fen keeps dropping hints that caretakers don’t stay forever, and it’s giving Auggie the grumps. Thankfully, there always seems to be a new stall to fill. This time, the stables set Auggie on a quest to rescue a beast called the Shibboleth—but the portal leads Auggie and Fen to the lair of the evil Rooks!
In the dark, damp dungeon, they meet one mysterious girl and one very hungry monster. It’s already gobbled up all of the Rooks, and Auggie and Fen are next unless they figure out the one way to calm the creature. Will they be able to work together to complete the mission before it’s too late?
Auggie and his magical companions are tending to the Fabled Stables when the building shakes and shudders to make room for a new arrival: the Tattle-Tail. Auggie and friends travel through the portal to a town called Rainbow’s End in search of this mysterious creature. Auggie assumes that the Tattle-Tail is in danger, but he learns that it’s actually the town that needs rescuing . . . from an infestation of Tattle-Tails!
These talking tails have taken over, attaching themselves to every backside in town (including Auggie’s!). The Tails tattle on whomever they’re attached to: She picked her nose! He just double-dipped! The constant stress of being tattled on has thrown all of Rainbow’s End into chaos!
Soon, Auggie and friends hatch a plan to collect the Tattle-Tails and bring them safely to the Stables—foiling a pair of evil bank robbers along the way.
Cuando queda atrapada en una chimenea, Nan siente que su hora ha llegado. Sin embargo, al abrir los ojos, después de quedar inconsciente por el humo, descubre que está ilesa en un ático abandonado. Pero no está sola, en una esquina del cuarto hay una criatura misteriosa: un gólem hecho de hollín y ceniza.
Esta es la historia de una niña y su monstruo, dos renegados que crean una nueva vida mientras se salvan el uno al otro. Un relato lírico y conmovedor, contado por una de las voces actuales más poderosas, que nos recuerda los regalos que traen consigo las amistades verdaderas.
Un giorno però compie un errore fatale e rimane incastrata in una canna fumaria. La ragazzina teme che sia giunta la fine, invece si risveglia dolorante in una soffitta abbandonata. E non è sola. Accanto a lei una misteriosa creatura, fatta di cenere e carbone, che parla e si muove. Insieme, la bambina e il "mostro" cresceranno, salvando ciascuno la vita dell'altro.
La storia intensa e commovente di un'amicizia e di come l'amore possa trasformare la solitudine; un intreccio inestricabile di fantasia e realtà narrato da una voce incisiva ed emozionante.
«Mi ha chiamato mostro» disse Charlie. Nan gli posò la mano sulla sua. Le sue dita erano calde e friabili e della misura giusta. Come se fossero state create per lei. «Che importa se sei un mostro?» Gli strinse la mano. «Non ti vorrei in nessun altro modo.»
Les quatre élus, plus affaiblis que jamais, doivent faire face à une terrible réalité : le lien qui les unissait à leurs animaux n'est plus qu'un douloureux souvenir.
Alors que Conor et Meilin sont toujours bloqués sous terre et tentent de progresser dans les labyrinthes pour atteindre le Wyrm, Abéké et Rollan s'acheminent vers un immense volcan qui cache une partie du piège.