Green

Green

by Laura Peyton Roberts

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Overview

A fast-paced middle grade novel perfect for fantasy lovers! Lily's thirteenth birthday starts off with a bang. Literally. A present explodes on her porch . . . and soon after, a trio of leprechauns (yes, leprechauns) appears in her bedroom. They whisk her away to a land of clover, piskies, a new friend, a cute boy, and lots of glimmering, glittering gold. A world of Green.

It turns out that Lily—as her grandmother was before her—is in line to be keeper for the Clan of Green, in charge of all their gold. That is, if she passes three tests. And she has to pass them. Because if she doesn't? She may never get to go home again. She'll be stuck with the Greens.

Forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440422358
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 760,524
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

LAURA PEYTON ROBERTS is the author of many books for young readers, including the novels Ghost of a Chance, The Queen of Second Place, and Queen B. She lives with her husband in San Diego, California. Visit her at LauraPeytonRoberts.com.

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Chapter 1



"She's like . . . terminally uncoordinated," Ainsley Williams said, loud enough to reach the whole class. I pretended not to hear, but tears stung my eyes as Ainsley's clique giggled. My crashes to the floor hurt less than their constant ridicule.

"You're all right, Lily. Walk it off," Ms. Carlson called, but even she sounded disgusted. Next to forward rolls and cartwheels, roundoffs were the easiest move we did, yet three weeks into summer gymnastics class, I still hadn't landed one. The only landing I'd mastered was on my butt.

Struggling to my feet, I limped off the rubbery blue mat and tried to blend into the wall. Jayce Mason tumbled next, turning in a perfect roundoff and adding a back handspring to make me look even worse. The class was Beginning Gymnastics, but I was the only girl there who hadn't taken any gymnastics before. Worse, Ainsley, Jayce, and their group were all in ballet, too, so they knew how to move gracefully. I couldn't have fit in less.

"Nice leotard, you bug-eyed freak," Jayce taunted through her smile as she ran back past me to her friends.

Tears clogged my throat and I was afraid they might spill over. I didn't care what those girls thought—at least, I knew I shouldn't—but having no one on my side hurt. I never even had a good comeback. I cast a sideways glance at Martina Gregory, leaning against the wall a few feet away, but Marti's answering smile was slight and vague. She wasn't about to cross Team Ainsley by offering me any sympathy.

The rest of the girls threw their roundoffs without problems. The next tumbling pass was front walkovers. When my turn came, I stayed glued to the wall and waved Heather Giannini on past me. Another teacher might have called me out, but Ms. Carlson let it slide. I think we had both had enough.

"Okay," she said, clapping. "Split into apparatus groups for beam, bars, and vault. Except for anyone who would rather continue practicing on the floor." She looked in my direction. I hung my head and stayed where I was while all the other girls matched up with friends and ran off to use the equipment.

I had been on the outside all year here in Providence, ever since Mom had moved us again to take another promotion and transfer. We had already moved for her bank once before. I still didn't understand why she couldn't just get a better job where we already lived, but according to her, that attitude showed how little I knew about being a single working mother with only a high school education. What was obvious was that work was more important to her than whether I had any friends.

I dared to peek at the uneven bars. The bars were the most popular piece of equipment, so of course Ainsley's clique had claimed them. They all wore glossy pastel leotards. Mine was from the local dance store, long-sleeved, nonshiny, and kelly green. I'd liked it when I picked it out, before I'd learned only losers wore leotards that weren't slick and emblazoned with cool logos. Wearing the same one every day made me even more of a reject. My mom would have bought me another one if I'd asked, but those girls would only have abused me more for trying to fit in. I hated them, but they weren't wrong. I was a bug-eyed freak.

"Rotate!" Ms. Carlson called. People started changing equipment stations. My failure to move from the wall was now conspicuous even to me. Reluctantly, I stepped onto the mat and began practicing cartwheels.

My mom had begged me to take this class so that I wouldn't be home by myself all summer. "Are you crazy?" I'd protested. "Girls start taking gymnastics when they're three. They're in the Olympics by my age."

"It'll be good exercise and a fun chance to try something new," she'd insisted. "Besides, you know you'll be lonely with me gone all day."

Like I wasn't lonely here.

I turned cartwheels until I was dizzy, my extra-long ponytail alternately dragging on the floor and slapping me in the face. Then I practiced forward rolls along a line on the mat. According to Ms. Carlson, when a person could roll straight along the line, she was ready to roll on the balance beam, but considering that the beam was four inches wide and four feet off the ground, I wasn't planning on trying that. Ever. There was another beam, a practice one, only a few inches off the floor. Maybe, if I was feeling exceptionally lucky, I'd try a roll down that on the last day of class.

After half an eternity, we were dismissed. Pulling shorts on over my leotard, I ran gratefully out of the gym.

I breathed easier outside despite the hot weather. Walking alone down the sidewalk, I felt free in a way I never did at school. Better still, I had five dollars in my pocket. My mom had insisted on working even though I'd begged her to take my birthday off, but she'd felt bad enough about it to come up with ice cream money and lots of promises for later.

I had to cross a parking lot to get to Baskin-Robbins. Heat seeped up through my sneakers and radiated off the parked cars. Not surprisingly, the store's cool interior was packed.

Kendall Karas was at the head of the line. "Lily!" she called, waving me forward.

I hurried up to join her, happy to see a friendly face. "Hi, Kendall. What are you doing here?"

Duh. But Kendall only smiled.

"I'm thinking of doing a double," she said. "Bubble gum and . . . yeah. Two scoops of bubble gum. Why mess with perfection?"

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Green 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It deserves like a book reward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome book i loved it from the start it was very interesting and it captured my mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about leprechauns from the clan of green and a girl. The key on the cover is the keepers key. The girl has to take three tests to become the keeper of the clan of green. It was fun and entertaining to read. It took me a couple days to finish this book. I am eleven and love to read all kinds of books.
Flamingnet More than 1 year ago
Lilybet Green is known as a bug-eyed freak. She is new in Providence, California and she has to deal with the death of her grandmother, Gigi. On her 13th birthday, she receives a mysterious package and when she opens it, dangerous fireworks go off and she is knocked out. When she wakes up, she finds Gigi's old key and three leprechauns in her bedroom who capture her and take her to their (the Greens) land where she is to become the keeper of their gold like Gigi had done before her. But before Lily can become a keeper, she has to pass three tests, or else she will go back to her old life with no memory of the leprechauns or Gigi. If she does pass the three tests, she will receive a load of allowance and very good luck. With the help from her fellow leprechauns and the clues Gigi left for her, she will attempt the biggest challenge of her life! This has been my favorite book I have read in the flamingnet program so far. I loved this book, and the fact that it was in first person made it even better. It's definitely in my top twenty best books I have ever read. The plot is very good. I finished it in three days. Laura Roberts has one of the best imaginations. Amazing! I give it five stars. Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer Flamingnet Book Reviews Teen books reviewed by teen reviewers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should make a movie of this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i coulnt put it down, you will not be able to put it down! Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me turning the pages every 15 seconds! Amazingly thrilling with adventure with each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can get alittle off topic with magical creatures but it is a good book
Liliana Callahan More than 1 year ago
at one point I stoped readimg to eat an I couldnt resist. really pulls you in
ReadingFanatic09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lily is a very "relateable" tween character. Lily and her mom have moved around a lot so Lily doesn't have many friends and really doesn't feel like she fits in. She goes to gymnastics class basically because her mom told her to take it. She has one real friend, but that friend has another "best" friend, which leaves Lily alone the majority of the time anyway. While sometimes I find characters like this a tad "whiny," I didn't ever feel that way about Lily. She didn't whine and complain about not having friends; she just seemed kind of sad and got really excited about the one friend she did have.The story is well-paced, although maybe a tad on the slower side for readers looking for a fast-paced read. It starts off a tad slow with Lily's descriptions of gymnastics class and plans for her 13th birthday party. Things starts to pick up a tad when the leprechauns come and kidnap her. I thought Lily's reactions to the leprechauns were pretty well-written. She doesn't instantly accept their story and even as they are entering the Green meadow, she is trying to concoct an escape plan. I appreciated that she didn't instantly accept her magical heritage. She does eventually accept and even embrace her "destiny." The plot twists enough to keep you engaged as Lily battles through her three keeper tests, despite setbacks and manipulative leprechauns.
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*runs quickly through the woods, and shoots a small deer*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks let go back to camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kato, there's too many people joining the Careers. I'm leaving and forming my own alliance. Are you coming? Shaun, you can join us too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. Drags the deer and the squirell back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Climbs a tree.*
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Warriors den
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