The Night Garden
From Newbery Honor-- and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath, a magical middle grade novel that features a garden that grants wishes.
It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base where he is stationed because she suspects he's up to no good.
Soon after the children move in, letters start to arrive from their father, and the children don't understand what they mean until it is too late to stop him from doing something that threatens to change their whole lives.
Can the ancient, forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help? And if it does, at what cost?