Guardian of the Green Hill [NOOK Book]

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Only a few weeks ago, Meg Morgan and her siblings went to England for the holidays—and found themselves in the middle of a fairy war. Now the war is over, but the battle for control of the fairies has just begun. A mysterious painter named Gwidion appears at the Rookery, ready to give the children art lessons. But his real plans are far more sinister: He means to destroy the Guardian of the Green Hill, the woman who keeps the peace between fairies and humans. Meg knows nothing of the evil artist’s ...
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Overview


Only a few weeks ago, Meg Morgan and her siblings went to England for the holidays—and found themselves in the middle of a fairy war. Now the war is over, but the battle for control of the fairies has just begun. A mysterious painter named Gwidion appears at the Rookery, ready to give the children art lessons. But his real plans are far more sinister: He means to destroy the Guardian of the Green Hill, the woman who keeps the peace between fairies and humans. Meg knows nothing of the evil artist’s plans, but she is beginning to understand that she might be the only one who can become Guardian when her great-great aunt’s time is over. Yet Meg is just a girl—surely she has plenty of time before she must decide whether she wants to take on such an enormous role. Then someone she loves is stolen by fairies, and no one but Meg can get him back. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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"The imagery is superb and the folklore well written." —VOYA

"With rich language and an abundance of interesting characters, Sullivan continues the story of the Morgan siblings and their friends as they navigate the exciting and dangerous crossover between the human and fairy worlds. Sullivan’s writing has a timelessness that contrasts nicely with Meg’s distinctly modern ideas and weaves a compelling story that will pull readers along." —School Library Journal

"The magic and mysticism are fascinating." —Children's Literature

"Set in a bygone landscape of hedgerows, half-timbered cottages and horse-drawn carts and teeming with creatures of faerie lore, this sequel offers a serious heroine with 'steel at [her] core,' who discovers fairyland is not for the faint of heart." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
The sequel to Under the Green Hill, this is the story of Meg Morgan's succession to Guardian, the designated go-between for the fairies and humans. The position is passed from mother to daughter, but that does not prevent Gwidion, a man, from thinking he is the rightful heir. Of course, he also believes there are riches involved, another mistake by him. He tries to use magical manipulation to get the current Guardian to name him heir. He is thwarted by those not so easily manipulated. Meanwhile, Meg is tested when her brother is kidnapped by the fairies, leaving her doubting her own resolve. Fairies abound in many forms, including tiny and large. Time and age are often less than important. The magic and mysticism are fascinating, but the convoluted plot and the number of characters with unusual names make the book difficult to follow. Also, the language and voice used are not often kid-friendly. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
VOYA - Susan Redman-Parodi
Guardian Of The Green Hill tells the story of Meg Morgan and her siblings who travel to England as guests of their relatives, Phyllida and Lysander Ash. Phyllida is the Guardian of the Green Hill, a mediator between fairies and humankind. With no heir to her title, Meg is predicted to be next in line as traditionally it is left to a female successor. Burdened by this prospect of a life spent in selfless servitude, Meg struggles with whether or not she is ready to make the lifelong commitment. The family is sought out by Gwidion who considers the role of guardian to be meant for him and lusts for the power of the role which he means to corrupt. He seeks to gain trust and closeness to Phyllida and charm her with spells into bestowing him with the title. The struggle to maintain good over evil while keeping the balance between the fairy world and the humans is threatened by Gwidion and they are all faced with a challenge. Caught in the middle of a fairy war, a new era of leadership, and a struggle for power, Meg is forced to make a choice to fight to save the lives of those she loves, as she is thrust into a world laden with mystical and magical creatures, both good and evil, beyond her imagination. The imagery is superb and the folklore well written but the content is cryptic, oftentimes leaving the reader lost. The text would benefit from the addition of pictures for the reader to better visualize the creatures introduced from the fairy world. The conflict is real and well played out; however, it is often jeopardized by the subject matter that is eloquently described, although too abstract. A good choice for those well-read in fairy stories, not for the novice "fairy-tale" reader. Reviewer: Susan Redman-Parodi
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Just weeks after the climactic events of the Midsummer War in Under the Green Hill (Holt, 2010), Meg Morgan is beginning to understand the ramifications of her actions on that fateful night of the fairy battle. Mythological entities the world has not seen for generations are awakening, and no one is sure what that will mean. Meanwhile, the occupants of the Rookery are faced with a new threat in the form of Gwidion Thomas, an artist with a familial connection and sinister intentions toward the Guardian, Meg's great-great-aunt. As Meg struggles with the possibility of becoming the next Guardian, her youngest brother is taken by the fairies, and she might be the only one who can save him. With rich language and an abundance of interesting characters, Sullivan continues the story of the Morgan siblings and their friends as they navigate the exciting and dangerous crossover between the human and fairy worlds. Sullivan's writing has a timelessness that contrasts nicely with Meg's distinctly modern ideas and weaves a compelling story that will pull readers along. Though there is summary information about the first book scattered throughout, readers will benefit from familiarity with the characters and events in the preceding title. The ending leaves plenty of potential for future adventures.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Weeks after her pivotal role in the Midsummer War in Under the Green Hill (2010), contemporary American Meg Morton must decide if she's willing to "do the hard things" and become the Guardian of the Green Hill fairy sanctuary.

Visiting Great-Great Aunt Phyllida in the bucolic English countryside, Meg realizes she's next in line to become Guardian of the Green Hill, a role passed through female descendants of the bloodline. Elderly and increasingly ineffective, Phyllida's eager to prep Meg to mediate between the world of humans and the world of fairies. Although Meg feels a "mysterious pull . . . telling her to stay in England forever and be part of this strange life with the fairies," she wants time to be sure. When a male relative with magical skills arrives to force the unsuspecting Phyllida to declare him her successor, and the fairies kidnap Meg's little brother James, Meg's forced to act. As the future Guardian, only she can enter the Green Hill to rescue James and claim her birthright. Set in a bygone landscape of hedgerows, half-timbered cottages and horse-drawn carts and teeming with creatures of faerie lore, this sequel offers a serious heroine with "steel at [her] core," who discovers fairyland is not for the faint of heart.

Richly atmospheric storytelling in the tradition of Narnia and Nesbit. (Fantasy. 9-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429975650
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 589,651
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • File size: 332 KB

Meet the Author


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. This is her second novel.

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She Will Be My Creature
 

MORE SKIN THAN FLESH, more bones than skin, the artist hunched over his easel. He added shading under the eyes and thickened the hair, then growled in disgust. It was still nothing like her, nothing like what he wanted her to be. The eyes were only wistful, not yet weak and sorrowful. The round chin looked too strong.… It would never tremble. Even the short curling silver hair looked too tidy, nothing like the unkempt locks of one given up to despair. And that is how he needed Phyllida Ash—hopeless, self-pitying, cringing, and powerless.
He tore the paper off with a flourish and fed it to his goat.
“I am only half the artist my father was,” he said bitterly, sketching out new lines on a fresh sheet.
“True,” said the goat, “but you are twice the magician.” He munched on the paper contemplatively. “Perhaps if you switched to charcoal.”
“You just don’t like the taste of ink, Pazhan,” the man said. “Be glad I don’t use oils. I will, though, just as soon as I can worm my way in. Into the house, into her confidence … and into her place at last. One good sketch, and I’ll have a hold on her, enough to create an opening. Then when she sits for me, when I can do a proper portrait, she will be my creature.”
“Will she really do as you say, Gwidion? She’ll give it up, just like that?”
“You’ve seen what I can do.”
“Sketches to make the innkeeper give you a free night and a full flagon. Portraits to charm some gullible young woman into leaving her loved ones to follow you … till you’ve had your fill. I’ve seen that, sure enough. But this is something else entirely. Phyllida Ash is a strong woman, bred to her role for generations, and she has powerful protectors. She may keep the fairies in check, but do you think they don’t love her?”
“What of you, Pazhan? Do you love her?”
He shrugged his goat shoulders. “That is neither here nor there. I am part of your family. So long as there are Thomas men, I am yours, not hers, till such time as you strike me thrice in three days.”
Which didn’t quite answer the question, but Gwidion nodded. “My only inheritance. My father’s only inheritance, and his father’s before him, when it could have all been ours. All mine.”
“Have I been such a bad bargain?” the goat asked archly, but Gwidion ignored him.
“Soon I will come into my own. No more wandering, a penniless rover. No more living by my wits, day to day, town to town. Here is where I belong, Pazhan, here at the Rookery, at the Green Hill. Whether they like it or not, I am home.”

 
Text copyright © 2011 by Laura L. Sullivan
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

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    Please Laura L. Sullivan, give me more!

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  • Posted October 28, 2012

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    Amazing middle grade fantasy

    When I was younger, I was a big believer in fairies. I liked to think that they were flitting around in my backyard when I wasn't looking and hiding when I was, laughing at the silly human girl who was flipping up all the leaves of her mom's plants to try and catch a peek of one. This book has totally reignited my fascination with fairies. Sullivan weaves a really exciting plot, wonderful characters, and enchanting fairy lore all together into a phenomenal middle grade read. It's delightfully easy to lose yourself in the world she creates, but be careful: the real world will look a little dimmer and duller when you reemerge. { I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Full review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Who will be the next Guardian?

    GUARDIAN of the GREEN HILL By Laura L Sullivan As a note to the reader, before you read Guardian of the Green Hill you should first read book one in the series Under the Green Hill. To fully understand the book and characters this is a must! Phyllida Ash is the object of Gwidion Thomas's scheme to take possession of both the Rookery and the Green Hill. A mere two weeks have passed since the battle that took place on the Green Hill on Midsummer Night. Bran is still within his Ash tree healing from his death at Meg's hand. James is acting unlike his normal loving self and instead cruel and mean to Meg and all he wants to do is eat. When Meg runs away after James is particularly cruel to her in front of the others including Dickie and Finn, she is drawn to Gwidion in the midst of a field of Bluebell Wood. There widion casts a spell on Meg using his power of drawing. He convinces Meg that when he comes to the Rookery that he must draw Phylidda and Meg is to remember nothing of this meeting. When Gwidion arrives at the Rookery the children are all enchanted by his artistic talents, but when he shows Phyllida a sketch he has done she refuses to sit for him as he has drawn her too well and her age is evident. But he manages to convince the children and Lysander that he should give the children art lessons. During the lessons he makes much of the boys, but when he finds out that Finn is not related he starts boxing Finn's ears. Gwidion then convinces the others that Finn made up the story and is not kind to poor Gwidion. Phyllida tells Meg that she would like to name her as her successor as Guardian of the Green Hill home. Meg doesn't want to agree to becoming the next Guardian yet but she does agree to start training under Phyllida. Throughout the story Meg is visited by various mythological creatures who thank her for waking them from their sleep when she won the battle on Midsummer Night without permanently killing her opponent. Meg is visited by the Ani Yantikwalski, a Cherokee spirit of lightening and thunder. Then she is visited by Bako-Nako, a two tailed cat from Nippon. Gwidion focuses his efforts on Rowan, convincing him that if he can do a portrait of Phyllida she will leave everything to Rowan! But Gwidion is determined to be the next Guardian and tries to kill both Phyllida and Meg. Lysander tries to stop Gwidion and dies in the process. To save her family Meg must keep Gwidion from catching until she can declare herself the next Guardian of the Green Hill at dawn. With the aid of a fairy spell she is able to keep out of Gwidion's reach. When Meg returns to the Rookery she must begin her duties as Guardian. Finn is given a prophecy that he will do something that will make everyone except Meg despise him. The Guardian of the Green Hill leaves you eagerly anticipating Book 3. What will Meg's parents say when she lets them know she can't return home? And what will Finn do to make all despise him? A thoroughly engrossing read so make time for a long weekend of excitement! Publisher provided an Advance Reader Copy for review purposes.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    good

    I have not read the first book of the series and I felt a little lost at first. Though I enjoyed the story and it does stand alone.

    Phyllida Ash is the current guardian of the green hill she protects the fairies from humans and humans from ferries. Shes is in her 80's and Lysander Ash her husband have no children so no heir.

    Her nieces and nephews and friends come from America not sure why. Rowan is the oldest male and Meg is oldest female(Only females inherit the guardian of Green Hill) Silly and James who 4 are the Morgans. Their friends are Finn Fachan and Dickie Rhys.

    Their is a plot from distant relative to take controll of the guardian and the rookier through magic trickery. He paints things he wants to happen and wills it. He also has a talking goat that has to do what he is commanded to.

    James is taken down into the ferry kingdom and it is a test for Meg to rescue but no one can tell her.

    Her Aunts test was to rescue her father and did not succeed untill this year. So while she is 80 her father is young man.

    Their are humans in the village that are taking advantage of a few of the fae, but the children step into help and Meg has to decide what to do.

    Their is pressure for Meg to accept the guardianship but it has to be what she decides. If she doesn't the ferries will eventually be killed off and the humans will be worse too.

    Their is a lot going on in the book and it keeps your interested in the story. I know by the story that their will probably be another book at least. I would like to read more. I even would like to go and read the first sometime.

    I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review.

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