This long awaited addition to the collected work of award-winning author, Kristen D Randle, is characterized by the same robust, gritty writing and understanding of human nature that won her the California Young Readers' medal and Michigan Library Association Best Book of the year.
Her work has been praised for its depth of character, touch of mystery, passion, strong values and sense of humor. Her books have been recognized in the list of New York Public Libraries' Prestigious Books for Young Adults, the Texas Lone Star reading list, the Nebraska Golden Sower and Corn Huskers' lists, and have been among the nominees for the Dorothy Canfield Fischer Award of Vermont, the Utah Children's Choice Award, the New Jersey Garden State Teen Book award, the Rebecca Caudill Award (Ill), the Volunteer State Award (Tenn) and the Iowa Teen Award, among many others-including the ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. These are books that become long-time favorites, read and re-read over the years. They grow with the reader.
In THE GARDENER, Renny-satisfied with her not-spectacular-but-comfortable life-takes a stand against her parents' sudden fit of wanderlust. She loses the battle and ends up having to make a new life for herself in what seems, at first, to be a quiet, charming New England seaside village. There's the usual struggle to find her place among the quirky natives there, but just when life seems to make sense again, she begins to find shadows in the corners; questions come up that aren't easily answered. When the mystery becomes personal and weirdly dangerous, Renny has to choose who to trust and how far.
Kristen Randle has written a tight, exciting story that pits instinct against appearance, innocence against convention and presents a strong, determined heroine who does what it takes to find the truth.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For 5 dollars on Amazon, for Kindle. One of my ALL time favorite Authors wrote a new book so of course I bought it as soon as I could. I had really high expectations as I started to read and about a 4th into the book I realized this wasn't what I thought it would be and I needed to let go of my expectations and just read it. I put it down for a while got some stuff done and came back to it with different thinking. I enjoyed it much more then. It is hard to describe Randle's books, I don't want to give anything away. I LOVED the main character, she was so real! I loved everything she said and did. This book would be a good book for an older teen girl to read and learn from. Even as a mother it really made me rethink some things and really try hard to stand up for myself especially around people I don't know very well. This book dealt with some serious issues, but as always the author did a very good job of keeping the book clean while doing it. 16 and up. Highly recommend to all my friends especially woman.