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The Ghost in the Gardens

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn't think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.


She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she's determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.

The ghost is not in the plan.

But when her te
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 17th 2018 by Mirror World Publishing
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Jul 01, 2018 added it
This is a quick, satisfying story with some beautiful turns of phrase in it. I was a little concerned the premise might turn out to be cheesy, if not condescending, but Chrysantha's love for botany and science is taken seriously by the writers and not played for laughs. While I did think the book would have been better off with slower pacing and more development at points, I also admit I'm not exactly in the age range this book was written for. As a nine or ten year old, I probably would have th ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was not sure what to make of this at first it is unusual and pitched really well for the child. It was a quick read and I loved the main characters love of plants and science.

A lovely story and recommended - You would not expect this to have a ghost as all the main character thinks about is plants and a quest to find a rare orchid that is until her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved. She need to find out just what this ghost w
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute mystery that is a little darker than most MG mysteries, but still fun to read.

Sharon Ledwith
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle grade and lower young adult readers
Recommended to Sharon by: Mirror World Publishing
A 4 Star Bouquet of Flowers for The Ghost in the Gardens…

A perfect read for middle graders who are drawn to ghosts, mystery, and anything that goes bump in the night, or in this case, the garden. I found this well-written story filled with enough conflict to keep it going and growing (pun intended) with plenty of cliffhangers at the end of each chapter.

Chrysantha Howe dreams of being a botanist when she grows up, and is true to her nature with her knowledge of plants and flowers. Haunted from t
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Author of the space opera novelette Taxing Pecksniffery, and middle grade and young adult novels including The Ghost in The Gardens

Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicin

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