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Without Mom, there are no more bedtime stories, no more answers carried on the wind, and no more magic gardens. Evie doesn’t believe in magic now. After all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive.

But when Evie moves to Beaumont, New York, where her father has bought a withered apple orchard that the townspeople whisper is cursed, she learns about a lost girl,...more
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Published September 25th 2007 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published February 29th 2000)
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Miriam
Garden variety message-drive fantasy for younger readers, of the sort in which the fantasy elements are merely tools or metaphors for conveying some Wisdom to Grow On about valuing your family (they love you! even if they don't show it and in fact totally neglect you!), living in the real world, not grieving excessively, and those sort of ideas that seem to inhabit Books Where the Mother Dies. Oh, and don't mess around with supernatural crap, it is bad. That attitude and inclusion of homeschooli...more
Kat Heckenbach
I loved this story from page one. Eve is the kind of character you connect to immediately. Her mom has died of cancer and her dad is moving them to a tiny little town to live in an old house and take care of a dead apple orchard. But Evie's mom always told her to believe in magic...

I read the entire book in one day. Nearly everything about it was just right. The characters are real, the way the subject matter was handled was perfect--it's emotional but not so bleak. There really is magic, and se...more
John Cowan
I am not one to write long flowery, or deeply in depth book reviews. My desire is simply to say if I liked it or not, and why.

The Garden Of Eve is a beautiful little book that explores life, love, loss, and the power of love to overcome death and disbelief. True the book was written for a middle school audience, but it was mature and quick enough to keep my attention.

It started off a bit slow, and seemed somewhat aimless at first, and even though I was worried I might end up not liking it, somet...more
jo mo
evie doesn't believe in magic anymore.
after all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive.
but when evie moves to beaumont, new york, where her father has brought a withered apple orchard that the townspeople whisper is cursed, she learns about a lost girl, receives a mysterious seed, and meets a boy who claims to be dead. before long, evie finds herself in the middle of a fairy tale. and this one is real.

what an enchanting little story!
it reminds us of how nothing ever dies. only change...more
Mark Dewey
This is the story of a girl whose Mother has died. She seems kind of bitter about her father not being like her mom for much of the book. Anyway, she and her father move into a new place with an orchard full of dead-seeming trees. People say the orchard is cursed. Her father sets out to cultivate it, and bring the trees back to health. She meets a kid who says he's a ghost. He matches the description of a boy who recently died.

That's about as much as I can say without spoiling it. Anyway, I enjo...more
Amy Gonzalez
After Evie's mother dies of cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Her father, unable to bear living in the same place, moves them across the country to a house that is not only in a dead apple orchard, but also near a cemetery. Everyone in the town says that the orchard is cursed, but because of her mother's death, Evie no longer believes in curses or fairy tales. It's only when she receives a mysterious seed and decides to plant it that she begins to see that magic is all around her, a...more
MissSusie
What a beautiful unsung hero in the YA genre it has everything a ghost story, coming of age, dealing with grief and some fairytale/fantasy/magical realism elements thrown in.
11 year-old Evie doesn’t believe in magic anymore not since her mother died. After all if magic were real her mother would still be alive. But when Evie moves to Beaumont, NY where her father has bought a withered apple orchard that the townspeople whisper is cursed, she learns about a lost girl, receives a mysterious seed,...more
Timnah
I'm not terribly impressed with this one, though I thought for the first 3/4 of the book that I might be. The intriguing theme is marred and tarnished by cheap sentimentalism at the end.

Also, I listened to the audiobook, and though the young reader had developed impressively distinct voices for all the main characters, the determinate nature of those voices actually impeded her delivery of nuances in conversation--and made one of the primary characters seem four or five years younger and much m...more
Theresa Milstein
Gorgeous writing. I'm just blown away. This is one of those books that writers who aspire to be published read and wish they could write. I will think about this book for a long time.

Eve's mother, the one who believes in magic, has died. Eve is left with her practical, grieving father. You feel the profound loss for Eve. Her father can't take staying home where he remembers his wife, so he brings them to an orchard where the trees won't grow and the town is gray. Through meeting an old woman and...more
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
When your 13 yr old daughter says, "Mom, this is the best book EVER!", you get that book and you read it!

I thought this was a nice story about an 11 yr old girl coming to terms with the recent death of her mother, and trying to figure out how she would make her way in the world without her mom. My daughter found the story to be filled with mystery, magic and was even spooked out in some spots.

Granted, she enjoyed this book more than me, and I had more fun watching her read it than when I read i...more
Sarah Black
This book is about a girl named Eve who's mother died, of cancer it sounded like, but they never said, and a few months later she and her dad move out to a dead apple orchard in New York. The orchard in question is said to be cursed and the house the live in was once occupied by another Eve who vanished. Eve discovers how she is involved in the magic and has to find how she can save the trees, a friend, and herself.

I was honestly expecting a lot better from this book. I liked it, yeah, but it co...more
Lisa
I was thoroughly disappointed. The characters weren't well developed and the plot was thin and contrived. It was just too sappy, predictable and had way too many Biblical allusions for me.
Jade Le
Read this in 5th grade, one of my favorite books when i have nothing else to read. I probably read it about three/ four times
Samantha
Mar 03, 2008 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages (It can be scary at some points)
Recommended to Samantha by: Myself
This book was sooooooooo good! I read it in 2 days. The book is mysterious as the ending is so suprising!
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
For eleven year old Evie, moving with her father from Michigan to New York is torture. Not only is she leaving behind her family and friends and the only life she’s known, but she’s leaving behind her Mom, who died ten months ago from cancer. For Evie, the apple orchard means nothing and her life is devoid of magic because her mom is gone, but with the gift of a seed an adventure blooms. One that may help Evie believe in magic once more.

Evie’s story is heartfelt with lovely little touches of fan...more
Mommywest
Evie reluctantly moves with her widowed father to Beaumont, New York, where he has bought an apple orchard, dismissing rumors that the town is cursed and the trees haven't borne fruit in decades. Evie doesn't believe in things like curses and fairy tales anymore—if fairy tales were real, her mom would still be alive. But odd things happen in Beaumont. Evie meets a boy who claims to be dead and receives a mysterious seed as an eleventh-birthday gift. Once planted, the seed grows into a tree overn...more
Anastasia Tuckness
This amazing book combines elements of magic and mystery, the realities of life and death, and the consequences of choices along with complex characters, plot twists, and a rich setting to tell an unforgettable tale.

After Evie's mom dies, her dad decides he wants a fresh start, so he buys an orchard in New York and they move. It's a great idea since her dad loves trees, but the locals all believe the orchard is cursed. Evie doesn't believe in curses or fairy tales anymore ... but she has a hard...more
Holly
Reviewing this book is hard because I am not quite sure why exactly I didn't like this book. This book was not what I expected. It was a mix of fantasy and reality and it seemed like Going couldn't decide which way to go. When Evie and Adam go into the alternate world it seems like an awkward break in the story. Although it explains the "curse" of the orchard, I don't know if it worked...maybe because the scenes weren't developed enough for my liking or because of the short time Going focused on...more
Alyssa Calhoun
Evie can't believe it when her father decides to move from Michigan to New York shortly after her mother dies. She is even more angry to find that they have moved into a house next to a dead orchard that her father is trying to bring back to life. Worse yet, there is a cemetery there, too. And it's not her mom's cemetery. The first day they arrive there is a funeral going on for a young boy, Alex. Soon, Evie notices the ghostly shadow of a boy. She gathers up enough courage to start talking to h...more
Brina
"Evies Garten" gehört zu den Büchern, die ich leider erst viel zu spät entdeckt habe. Sehr oft bin ich an dem Buch vorbeigegangen, ohne es zu beachten, von daher ist es schon ärgerlich, dass ich erst jetzt lesen konnte. Definitiv ein schönes Buch, aber leider auch mit Schwächen.

K.L. Going hat einen sehr emotionalen Roman geschrieben, bei dem ich bereits schon auf den ersten Seiten mit den Tränen zu kämpfen hatte. Doch dann kam plötzlich der Einbruch und die Geschichte wurde zum Teil etwas holpri...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.com

Evie's mother used to make up stories for her. They were magical, beautiful, and so terribly missed when her mother died. Evie is miserable without her mother, and her father decides to sell the home their family had once shared and move onto an apple orchard. That only makes life more miserable for Evie.

The apple orchard is grey, the trees are all dead, and they haven't produced fruit in years. Evie's father is busy beyond belief working in the orch...more
Ryan S.
"The Garden of Eve," created by K.L. Going, is a fantasy and mystery book in which identifies the realities of life and death. A girl named Eve, moves in with her father to Beaumont, NY, "trying" to start a new life after her mother had recently passed away. She has heard rumors that the apple orchard that her father had bought is actually cursed, which caused the town to look dead. Since her mother had died, fairytales and magic weren't in her belief anymore. But later, that changes. She meets...more
Smaileh
I picked this book up after a couple of teens told me they had read it and enjoyed it.

Evie is mourning her mother, who died of cancer not long ago. Her father, too, is in mourning, and their grief has isolated them from each other. Evie's father, an orchard worker, has bought an apple orchard that is regarded as cursed by the people in the town. Evie is not happy at having to leave her Michigan home and is even less happy when she discovers that their new house faces the cemetery. There's a fune...more
payasa213
The Garden of Eve is a great book. It's by the author K.L.Going. Eve doesn't believe in magic since her mother died of cancer when she was 8 years old. Her mother would always tell her stories, but now she's gone and Eve doesn't have anybody to tell her stories anymore.3 years later her father wants to leave Michigan and live in Beaumont,New York.There is supposingly a curse in this town that nothing ther gorws. And Eve's father likes to make things grow so he goes there to procve that there is...more
Heidi

Eve's mother was the one that told the stories, but Eve's mother is dead. When her father buys a farm, Eve doesn't want to go. Neither does she want to give up the last piece of clothing that her mother bought her, even though it is too small. The trees of the orchard do not bear fruit, and Eve and her father arrive just as a funeral takes place. The boy she sees playing on gravestones seems to be a ghost. Eve has been bequeathed a seed. How did that happen? Does her mother who told stories abou...more
Molly

I find myself sucked into this jacket every time I look at it. I think it's my inner twelve year old, who can tell there's some magic happening, and wants to be a part of it.

This book is nothing like WAIT TILL HELEN comes, and yet that's what it somehow reminded me of. That same sort of quietly tragic story of a girl trying to move past loss while getting caught up in something otherworldly and haunting. It's like a very junior version of PAN'S LABYRINTH, minus the terror and violence.

As with...more
Andy
After the recent death of her mother, Evie moves with her father from Michigan to New York. Both family members are suffering, but each copes in their own unique way. Evie's father puts all of his energy into saving and tending their newly acquired apple orchard--an orchard that is dying from a supposed curse. Evie struggles to hold onto the memories of her mother's stories and beliefs in magic.

As the story progresses, Evie receives a mysterious seed, befriends a ghost named Alex, and learns abo...more
Haili
This book is one of my new favorite books and it takes a lot now to make me rate it 5 stars. This book I would recommend for any age, but it is for children. In this book you follow the main person Eve then later on you meet Alex and then you meet Adam. (Adam and Eve(Hahaha)) This book is no where near a child's fairytale. Remember "Magical things can still happen at eleven."
Theresa
This book was very juvenile in storytelling and content not to mention the huge type. On the bright side, it didn't take me long to read it.

After Evie's mother dies, her father moves her to New York where he has bought property and an apple orchard that hasn't produced fruit in many, many years.

Evie's mother always told her fairy tales which her father doesn't believe in, so when Evie meets Alex, the ghost of dead boy who lives in the cemetery next to her new house, she doesn't tell her father...more
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K.L. Going is the award winning author of numerous books for children and teens. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World was named a Michael Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, and was included on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults list and their list of Best Books for the Past Decade. Her books have been Booksense picks, Scholastic Book Club choices, Junior Library Guild sele...more
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