The Cross Gardener Book Summary and Study Guide

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John Bevan has overcome obstacles throughout his life, but despite being orphaned at birth, he has now reached adulthood with all his dreams in sight. He has married his high school sweetheart and their union has blessed the couple with one daughter, Lou Lou and another baby on the way. When his beloved wife and unborn baby are killed in an automobile accent, John is overcome by grief. He places two small crosses in memory of his loved ones and visits the site of the accident daily. Little did he know that one morning would change his life when a man known only as The Cross Gardener begins to show John a brighter way to live.
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Best part of story, including ending: I liked the story because it reminded me that everyone's journey in life is filled with highs and lows, but none of us are made to suffer long-term or alone. The story brings home the message that we don't always have the answers for why things happen in life, but that life is still worth the journey.

Best scene in story: I loved the scene where John sits and journals a list of things he missed about his life. This scene showed a turning point in the character's healing.

Opinion about the main character: I disliked the fact that John buried himself in grief and alienated his responsibilities towards his daughter.

The review of this Book prepared by Jill Eisnaugle a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   wife/girlfriend/squeeze

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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