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The Garden of Eve

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,832 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 29, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: younger
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 ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
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
Courtney Rodkey
May 11, 2015 Courtney Rodkey rated it it was amazing
The Garden of Eve Review
K.L. Going

This is the second time that I have read The Garden of Eve. I really enjoyed this book because it is interesting, and magical, and the author, K.L. Going, keeps you wanting to read more. The Garden of Eve is 234 pages long and I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an adventure with a little bit of mystery and magic.
Evie’s mother has died, her father is always working in his garden, and now he is moving them to the middle of no-where New York because he
John Cowan
Sep 10, 2011 John Cowan rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2012 jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked The Secret Garden
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
Mark Dewey
Feb 27, 2010 Mark Dewey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile, audio
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
Amy Gonzalez
Aug 27, 2011 Amy Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Mar 30, 2010 MissSusie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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,
Theresa Milstein
Jan 30, 2013 Theresa Milstein rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Jul 17, 2016 Maren rated it it was amazing
The garden of eve was a very touching book about family, grief, friends, and belief. I felt myself connecting to all of the characters as I do with all books. It had a very unpredictable story line and I found myself laughing, crying, suspicious, and scared nearly all the time. This is a fantastic book for everyone.
Apr 24, 2015 NatalieXAxel948 rated it it was amazing
The story line was so good. I read lots of books and this one yacked me on the twist, never has that happen to me. I would mostly recamend to kids who have low inspiration on reading, on their self esteem, or kids who just love fantasy and a ending they will never forget.
Mar 03, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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!
Jade Le
Sep 05, 2013 Jade Le rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 02, 2008 mckmoriconi rated it really liked it
this book rocks
Aug 13, 2015 Nahnita rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
It was ok. There was one twist that surprised me.
Oct 14, 2016 Leselurch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Worum geht's?*
Vor 10 Monaten ist Evies Mutter an Krebs gestorben. Da es ihr Vater nicht länger an einem Ort aushält, an dem ihn alles an seine verstorbene Frau erinnert, packt er kurzerhand seine sieben Sachen und reist ab. Evie muss zwangsläufig mit auf die verfluchte Apfelplantage ziehen, die ihr Vater als ihr neues Zuhause ausgesucht hat, und ist damit alles andere als glücklich. Sie vermisst ihre Mutter, die Elfen und Einhörner zum Leben erwecken konnte und an die Magie geglaubt hat. Mit ih
Dec 03, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I read this book In about a week, and I personally never liked reading until recently. I never wanted it to end, as soon as It did I wanted to read it all over again! Great book for young readers who want adventure and magic!
Sherri (Passionate Book Lover)
What a wonderful book. This had such a wonderful message and far surpassed my expectations. I'm really glad that I decided to complete it.
Elaine Zhu
Nov 12, 2016 Elaine Zhu rated it it was amazing
My childhood...
Dec 16, 2012 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Ryan S.
Aug 13, 2016 Ryan S. rated it it was amazing
"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
Alyssa Calhoun
Jul 01, 2011 Alyssa Calhoun rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 14, 2008 Smaileh rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2008 payasa213 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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 ...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
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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 ...more
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