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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    A Beautiful Tale With Just Enough Fantasy In Its Fiction

    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 fantasy. As a character, Evie is wholly realistic. Her grief radiates off the pages and is enhanced by the stark atmosphere around her. Her new home of Beaumont, NY is full of dead trees and empty buildings. Thought to be cursed, the orchard that her father just bought is not only their home, but also a place that sits directly beside a cemetery, constantly reminding Evie of her loss.

    Evie's father reminds me of people I've met in the past, lost in their own lives and doing the best they can in the only way they know how. He's not the best, most sensitive father in the world, but he loves his daughter with his whole heart. Snippets of flashbacks to Evie's mother Tally bring the woman to life and make both Evie's and her father's grief resonate that much more.

    The fantasy elements arise with the story behind a seed given to Evie by Rodney, the man who used to own the house. Rodney had never met Evie, but he insisted that his sister give a girl named Eve the seed. With this, the Biblical story of Adam and Eve begins to play out. Evie goes on quite the adventure with a ghost boy named Alex, where they both learn that magic is all about believing.

    K.L. Going has weaved a beautiful tale about grief, magic, hope, and life beyond death with The Garden of Eve. I've read some reviews that complain that the book is too overtly religious and has too many Biblical references, but I'd disagree. School age children are not going to be reading this book and thinking about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. All these things are mentioned, but religion is so far from being the focus here. The Garden of Eve is the perfect story for a blustery day - with the right amount of grief, countered by a touching story of believing in the magic that still exists after death.

    Opening line: "Once there was a beautiful garden." ~ pg. 1

    Favorite lines: Watching him now was like meeting someone on the street who you hadn't realized was missing - you felt all the pleasure of seeing them and all the pain of missing them at once. ~ pg. 29

    And this one captures Evie's grief:

    "How long ago did your mom die?"
    "It's been ten months now," Evie said.
    "How can you live without her?"
    Evie studied the darkened trees. "Sometimes I don't want to." ~ pg. 115

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    the garden or eve:)

    this book is wonderfull in so many wayes.it has advencher,mistery,a littel funny and so many wayes.i think the book desers an award for well every thing:)the book is wonderfull.ones you start reading it you can't stop till you finshed.best book ever:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2009

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    I'm a 6th grade student from Glendale, AZ and the Garden of Eve made my garden sprout

    The Garden of Eve
    By K. L. Going
    The Protagonist in The Garden of Eve is Eve. Evie (her nickname) doesn't believe in magic. She used to, before her mom died. At first Eve doesn't like her new home, Beaumont, New York and wants to go home to Michigan, but she grows to like it. Her best friend in Beaumont was a boy that claimed he was a ghost named Alex. Eve is smart and likes stories. She also has dark hair with long bangs that get in her face.
    In The Garden of Eve many events happen. Eve and her dad move to a "cursed" apple orchard in a small town called Beaumont, New York, far away from Michigan, where her mom died. Evie didn't like Beaumont,and she thinks it's weird. On the first day she sees a boy that's supposedly a ghost, who ends up being her best friend. For Evie's Birthday she gets regular clothes from her family and a card from her mom, which she wrote before she died. She doesn't dare to open it. She also gets a box with a seed in it from the owner of the "cursed" house who supposedly killed his little sister named Eve when he was about fourteen. Eve and her best friend Alex go and plant the seed in the middle of the orchard where Rodney (the old man Evie got the seed from) was buried. Something truly magical happens to the two children. A huge tree appears with apples. They each take a bite of one. They go to a world, just like Beaumont; actually it is Beaumont, but way better. It has sunlight and nice paintjobs, but not one person. They also have powers of some sort, which they can make objects live. The fun doesn't last for long though, when the tree starts to shrivel. Eve races to the tree and takes a bite of the apple. Eve is back to the real Beaumont, without Alex and is going to solve the hardest mystery that she's ever solved.
    The main setting is Beaumont, New York and the time is about Present.
    The theme to this story is to be thankful of who you are and of what you have today and now.
    I liked the garden of Eve. It had different mysteries and parts that I said "wow that really happened?"There were pretty intense parts too. Also I think "Alex" seems really cool.
    One connection that from the book that another book/movie had, was Coraline. Eve and her friend went to a whole new world just like where they lived, but way better. But there was a cache, and a problem getting out of this parallel universe, just like Coraline.
    The other connection that another book/movie had from the garden of Eve was how Eve moved to a small town with mysteries and rumor. That reminded me of Twilight. Bella, with her dad Charlie, move to a small town with mysteries and rumors. There's also a guy with a huge secret (even though it might not be true) that Bella and Evie can't stop thinking about.
    Twilight and Coraline were books that were a little bit like the Garden of Eve.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    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. <BR/><BR/>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 orchard. That leaves Evie with endless hours of time alone. In the cemetery she meets a boy who tells her his name is Alex. Except Alex is the little boy from their new town who died. His gravestone is right there. <BR/><BR/>Evie begins to spend more and more time with Alex. She also receives a mysterious seed that grows into a tree overnight. And that tree produces apples. Apples that, when bitten, take Evie and Alex to a magical place--lush plants and life are everywhere. It's exactly like the town they live in now, except everything is beautiful. Plants are growing everywhere. Father's orchard is growing well; beautiful curtains are on her house. It is the way it would be if her mother lived there. <BR/><BR/>Is this the place where her mother told her she'd meet her? She said that after she died, she'd wait for Evie in a beautiful garden. Evie had given up on all of that magic and nonsense. But, maybe, just maybe, she'll find her mother. But why does Alex keep running around? What is it that he's looking for so desperately? And won't her father be worried about her? <BR/><BR/>Should she stay in this beautiful place? Should she go back? Is this where Alex is supposed to stay? Should she leave without him? <BR/><BR/>It's difficult to explain the complexity of THE GARDEN OF EVE. It is beautiful, painful, and I wasn't even able to convey the suspense and surprises that fill the pages without giving away too much of the story. This book is sad. It is hopeful. It is magical. This will be another award-winner for the author, K. L. Going.

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    Posted October 21, 2007

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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 orchard. That leaves Evie with endless hours of time alone. In the cemetery she meets a boy who tells her his name is Alex. Except Alex is the little boy from their new town who died. His gravestone is right there. Evie begins to spend more and more time with Alex. She also receives a mysterious seed that grows into a tree overnight. And that tree produces apples. Apples that, when bitten, take Evie and Alex to a magical place¿lush plants and life are everywhere. It¿s exactly like the town they live in now, except everything is beautiful. Plants are growing everywhere. Father¿s orchard is growing well beautiful curtains are on her house. It is the way it would be if her mother lived there. Is this the place where her mother told her she¿d meet her? She said that after she died, she¿d wait for Evie in a beautiful garden. Evie had given up on all of that magic and nonsense. But, maybe, just maybe, she'll find her mother. But why does Alex keep running around? What is it that he¿s looking for so desperately? And won¿t her father be worried about her? Should she stay in this beautiful place? Should she go back? Is this where Alex is supposed to stay? Should she leave without him? It¿s difficult to explain the complexity of THE GARDEN OF EVE. It is beautiful, painful, and I wasn¿t even able to convey the suspense and surprises that fill the pages without giving away too much of the story. This book is sad. It is hopeful. It is magical. This will be another award-winner for the author, K. L. Going. **Reviewed by: Dianna Geers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Eve

    Wonderful. The author puts you in the mind of eve. Very great cover too. I'm going to add this one to my list to keep forever . Lovely done K.L going .

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