The Folk Keeper

The Folk Keeper

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Overview

She doesn't really know who she is or what she wants...
Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even she doesn't fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family's seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna's life changes forever...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689844614
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Series: Jean Karl Books (Paperback)
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 640,414
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Franny Billingsley's books owe their images and rhythms to the songs her father sang -- two songs every night, unless she chose a Scottish ballad with more than thirty verses. Then he'd sing only one song because he was faithful to every word and had four other kids, waiting. Now Franny sings to her own two kids, and she reminds herself of the great gift her father gave her whenever she's tempted to skip a verse.

The Folk Keeper is her second book. Well Wished, her first, was an SLJ Best Book, one of Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and an SLJ Sleeper: 100 Books Too Good to Miss. She lives in Chicago with her family and works as a children's bookseller.

Leonid Gore moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991. He has illustrated The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace, Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse, and, most recently, Saints Among the Animals for Atheneum. He is also the author and illustrator of Danny's First Snow. Mr. Gore lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where monarchs are occasionally sighted.

Table of Contents

Contents

From Candlemas to the Feast of Saint Lancet

From the Day of the Seven Spirits Throuqh Bledstone Day

Cupid's Crossing

Saint Valentine's Eve to the Feast of Saint Valentine

Feast of Saint Valentine Throuqh Mischief of All Sorts

Fastern's E'en to the Tirls of March

Storms of the Equinox Throuqh Egg Sunday (and Other Matters I'dRather Not Discuss)

Beltane Through Midsummer

Midsummer Midniqht Throuqh Midsummer Dawn

Including Balymas Day (the Feast of the Keeper Is Tomorrow!)

The Feast of the Keeper, but What Is It to Me?

Including the Feast of Dolores, the Skeptic (and Other Feast DaysI Do Not Care to Name)

Harvest Rose Festival to the Harvest Fair

The Harvest Fair

The Harvest Fair (Will It Never End!) Throuqh the Storms of the Equinox

A New First Paqe

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Folk Keeper 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book ever since I first read it. And, let me tell you I read it about 4 times. Everytime it gets better and better. The ending is great and it really caught my attention from the beging that i read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I couldn't put it down. I think that I am going to read the next one. I totally reccomend it!
buoyread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Corinna Stonewall deigned avoid her fate as a servant girl, and knowing that boys have it better, she dons boy's clothing, cuts off her hair everyday (her hair grows two inches every night), and learns the trade of the Folk Keeper. The folk keeper tends to the feared Folk, who lives underground constantly angry and ravenous, spoils the milk, rots eggs and meat, and ruins crops. But when she is summoned to Merton Hall to be its new Folk Keeper, she discovers haunting, dangerous, and liberating secrets that involve the Lord of Merton Hall - and herself.Packing a girrrl power, fantasy, mystery, and romantic punch, this story will undoubtedly bring you back to the days when you used to beg your mom or dad to read a bedtime story to you. However, as soon as you settled into that feeling, Corinna's narration through her journal, Corinna's Folk Record, will have you bristling at her haunting, self-aware, vengeful, and hard-hearted recollection of events past. The imagery and tone of this story will have you turning the pages faster than you would like to reach that final resolution that will surprise, delight, and touch every reader.From her journal entries, one might infer that Corinna is a strong, fearless young woman. But as the story progresses, one will realize just the opposite - Corinna is a sensitive, insecure, frightened little girl who covers her feelings of ineptitude with hardness. Every inch of her life, every spot of her personality, everything about this story is all about disguises. Corinna hides her fears, and she disguises her gender, and then she eventually learns things about herself which has been disguised by history.I would just like to comment though, on the flatness of the other character's personalities. Finian and the Lady Alicia would have been more likable had more depth been written into their characters. But then, this story is told through the entries in Corinna's journal, which may explain for the lack of perspective into these other characters.Until now, I am struggling to find words good enough to describe the enjoyment to be had from this book. I read this a long time ago, and yet when I remember the story, I get all excited, like coming across a beautiful piece of artwork that I could not bear to leave behind. Unfortunately, my copy was lent to a former friend who never returned it to me. I am definitely going to get another copy of this one, and reread it all over again.
jayde1599 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: A juvenile fantasy book told through the eyes of Corinna as written in her diary. Corinna is a strong willed girl who takes control of her life after being sent from one orphanage to another. She disguises herself as a boy so she could become a Folk Keeper - one who keeps the Evil ones from wrecking havoc to the human households. Corinna is an observant and secretive child, who picks up the ways of a Folk Keeper by trading chores with the boys and keeping an ear at the market. As the boy Corin, she spends her time in the cellar looking after the Folk, until one day a Lady Angela comes to the home asking for Corinna Stonewall. Corinna decides to follow Lady Angela and her son back to their manor by the sea, as long as she can remain a Folk Keeper. Here, the Folk are much fiercer and Corinna runs into some trouble, learns new secrets, and discovers her true destiny. Pros and Cons: This juvenile fantasy book takes the reader on a pleasant journey with some exceptions. What I liked: I liked that Corinna is portrayed as a strong female protagonist, even though she disguises herself as a boy for the first half of the book. She takes control of her destiny and does what she needs to do to survive and better her life. I liked the theme of Old World superstitions of Evil Folk, selkies, animal folk and solstice festivals. The characters, especially Corin/Corinna were very compelling and the reader can become emotionally invested.What I didn't enjoy: I think the book could have used a better editor. There really is not a clear explanation of what the Folk are, other than beings who spoil milk and kill animals. Many of the parts and times throughout the book are disjointed sequences. If the book hadn't been set up as a diary, I would have been very confused. There were a few mythologies/superstitions to keep up with, and would have gone much smoother with a better connection and editing.The book is written for 8-12 year olds....but may be difficult to comprehend with the disjointedness. The older age group would be better as the story is gets really interesting halfway through.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifteen year old orphan, Corinna Stonewall is in a hierarchical world that she disagrees with. Instead of giving in to society and becoming a servant, Corinna changes her identity to a boy named Corin and becomes a ¿Folk keeper.¿ Corin¿s job is to protect the village against the underground creatures. Corin¿s adventures continue, fighting off beasts and even discovering special powers. She begins to struggle to keep her identity a secret and at the same time make discoveries about her past. Billingsley uses very strong visual imagery in his novel, which puts the reader almost disoriented but in Corinna¿s world. This book would be a great edition in a 4th-6th grade classroom library in the fantasy novel section. It would also be a nice book to carry on the shelves in a middle school library. With an exciting plot and a female hero, this could be a nice piece to recommend young girls branching off into the fantasy genre.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw a review for this book on another blog and it sounded fantastic so I ordered a copy through paperbackswap(dot)com. I am so happy I did it, was an absolutely fantastic read. I wonderful story with a fairy tale feel to it that had some neat twists at the end and a feel good ending.Fifteen year old Corinna Stonewall is masquerading as a boy and as a Folk Keeper in order to avoid a life as a servant. Then a lord and lady come to disrupt her life by telling her she is the son of a nobleman and needs to claim her place. She agrees but only if she can be their Folk Keeper. Her new home of Cliffsend has Folk more viscous than those she has ever seen before and there are secrets here that run deep that Corinna must find the answers too.This book is short, but has a very fantastic story in that short space. The story has a traditional dark fairy tale feel to it. Corinna has a very vengeful attitude early on in the book and is not a character that is easy to like. As her story unfolds though so does she. She learns about parts of herself she's been cut off from and grows into a character to be admired and enjoyed.The writing style is descriptive and does a good job of making the environments come alive; the characters are engaging and likable. This is a pretty dark story overall, but it ends in a way that makes the reader feel happy and uplifted. The plot has some large twists towards the end that took me by surprise, but in hindsight made perfect sense. It takes a skillful author to weave these subtle hints throughout the plot and still have the story be surprising.I will say that in the beginning of the book there were some turns of phrase that were a bit confusing and the story was a bit slow. This was quickly remedied as the book continued and by the end I was absolutely blown away by the skillfully told story.Overall an excellent read and I am so glad that I read it. Fans of stories with a fairy tale feel to them or stories about the fey folk cast in a darker light should really enjoy this story. It is appropriate for middle grade and up reading levels. I will definitely be checking out more stories by Billingsley. Right now she has a new YA novel out called Chime, so if you enjoyed this book you may want to check that one out...I know I am going to!
sagrundman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Folk Keeper is a fantasy book by Fanny Billingsley. The book is the diary of Corianna, a young foundling who disguises herself as a boy (Corin) to become a Folk Keeper. The dairy follows her through her new life as the Folk Keeper at Cliffsend. Although it is not explained well in the book, a Folk Keeper is one who feeds the demons that dwell under a town or estate. Through her trials at Cliffsend, she finds out that she is a seal maiden and the daughter of the Lord of Cliffsend. The main human enemy in this book tries to kill her and the man she ends up loving many times, trying to burn her seal skin. In the end, she must decide between her love and the sea. The book has an overlying theme of good vs. evil, evil being personified as the Folk and the human enemy. The three star review is based on the fact that the book felt very disjointed at time, being split up as a diary, the days did not follow any path and many of the concepts of the book were not explained. This lead me confused and wondering if there would be a possible prequel or sequel. This book is written for 4th- 8th graders, but with the disjointedness and missing concepts I would recommend this for the upper of this range.
sbigger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Folk Keeper is a fantasy book by Fanny Billingsley. The book is the diary of Corianna, a young foundling who disguises herself as a boy (Corin) to become a Folk Keeper. The dairy follows her through her new life as the Folk Keeper at Cliffsend. Although it is not explained well in the book, a Folk Keeper is one who feeds the demons that dwell under a town or estate. Through her trials at Cliffsend, she finds out that she is a seal maiden and the daughter of the Lord of Cliffsend. The main human enemy in this book tries to kill her and the man she ends up loving many times, trying to burn her seal skin. In the end, she must decide between her love and the sea. The book has an overlying theme of good vs. evil, evil being personified as the Folk and the human enemy. The three star review is based on the fact that the book felt very disjointed at time, being split up as a diary, the days did not follow any path and many of the concepts of the book were not explained. This lead me confused and wondering if there would be a possible prequel or sequel. This book is written for 4th- 8th graders, but with the disjointedness and missing concepts I would recommend this for the upper of this range.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was younger and was delighted to find it here on Nook. Folk Keeper is a shorter read than I'm typically used to, but every page drew me in. It amazes me that Franny Billingsly managed to make her world so rich, and the characters so alive, in such few pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not read this book. It seriously bored me to death
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eurekatpt More than 1 year ago
Fun fantasy kids/young-adult ebook with a good mystery in it. Lots of unexpected twists. I really enjoyed this easy read and definitely recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book.I cried at the end.I have read it more than a dozen times.I love Finain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't exactly remember getting it, but when I got home, I found it in my backpack and I opened it up and it was wonderful. I would read it again and again and again and again....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I relly liked this book, it had a great plot and really drew me in. The plot had a lot of twists and turns and a lot of things you wouldn't expect. I think the author carried this a little too far though, because the ending didn't seem to fit with the book. Otherwise, this book is a really good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a day ago. It totally draws you in and the plot is awesome! Is there a sequel? I've got to read it.