Thursday, April 28, 2011

Under the Green Hill

Sullivan, Laura. 2010. Under the Green Hill. New York: Henry Holt.  

I had planned to write a thoughtful review, complete with several passages from pages that I'd carefully marked, however, after booktalking Under the Green Hill yesterday at my monthly book club meeting, a young girl decided to take it home. Perhaps that says enough.

For now, let it suffice to say that Under the Green Hill is a fantasy story with some similarities to the Chronicles of Narnia. However, the Green Hill does not exist in a foreign land or alternate universe.  The Green Hill, populated by the beautiful, frightening, capricious, willful and sometimes vengeful denizens of the fairy world, exists within the confines of the modern English countryside, under the watchful eye of  Phyllida Ash, its Guardian.  It is here, that siblings Rowan, Meg, Silly and James Morgan are sent, along with foils, Dickie Rhys and Finn Fachan.

Read an excerpt here.

My young reader friend promised to let me know her thoughts on the book when she returns it. I'll add her thoughts to the comments at a later date.

I read this book at the suggestion of the author, who thought that I might enjoy it.  She was right.  I did.  This is Laura Sullivan's first novel.  The next installment, Guardian of the Green Hill, is due out in the fall.

Not knowing anything about Ms. Sullivan, I checked her publisher's website and was intrigued by her biography. I think you will be, too ... read on
Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker and deputy sheriff who writes because that’s the easiest way to do everything in the world. She lives in the woods of Kentucky with her loved ones.
 More interesting facts about Ms. Sullivan on her website.

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