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by Laura Peyton Roberts

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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


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.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like Harry Potter, 13-year-old Lily Green receives a special delivery on her birthday—a package that explodes on her front porch, leaving her with singed hair and a gold, emerald-encrusted key. She recognizes the key—it belonged to her late, beloved grandmother, Gigi—but not the little men who have brought it, a trio of leprechauns who have come to escort Lily to her true calling as keeper of the Clan o' Green, a wealthy community of leprechauns. Lily, like Gigi, is a “lepling,” a human with a drop of leprechaun blood, and as such, she is in line to safeguard the clan's gold stores, if she can pass three increasingly difficult tests. Though the outcome is never in doubt, Roberts (Queen B) threads enough tension to keep the pages turning. Lily herself is not the most likable character, and she gets a little too much help from others in conquering her trials. Hopefully, she will come into her own in future books, as the ending suggests there's more of Lily's story yet to unfold. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This book starts off with a bang, literally, as Lillybet Green prepares for her 13th birthday in a new town with no friends and a lack of coordination that makes her the brunt of jokes in her gymnastics class. When an exploding package sends her on a magical journey to a valley inhabited by leprechauns, she figures that it's just a concussion from the blast, but soon she realizes that she has more in common with these green characters than she could imagine. Three trials are presented that Lillybet must pass in order to take up her true place in this magic kingdom and have any chance of returning her and her mom to their California home. But it's hard to be human in a tiny world in which magic rules and things are not always as they seem. In her attempts to complete the required tests, she challenges herself, gains confidence, and learns the true meaning of friendship. Lillybet relies on her brain as well as her own mystical powers to maneuver through the leprechaun world while finding her true place with her mom and newfound friends. Readers who enjoy similar series like Daisy Meadows's "Rainbow Magic" (Scholastic) or Jan Bozarth's "The Fairy Godmother Academy" (Random) might like this book, but a lengthy story line that tends to drag may deter less-determined readers.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Lilybet Green gets something extraordinary for her 13th birthday: the chance to become a leprechaun keeper. All she has to do is pass three tests-of blood, cleverness and loyalty. But Lily does not want to be keeper of the leprechauns' gold, at least until she learns that her beloved Grandmother, Gigi, who died last year, was the previous keeper and had intended for Lily to follow in her footsteps. If Lily fails the tests, not only will she not become keeper, the leprechauns will erase her memories of everything connected to them, including Gigi. So Lily decides to give it her all. During her tests, Lily learns that while many leprechauns cannot be trusted, she must trust herself and the clues that her grandmother has left behind for her. Lily is likable and well-drawn, but most of the other characters and the leprechaun world seem like quick sketches with most of the detail missing. Give this light fare to those graduating out of Magic Tree House and not yet ready for Percy Jackson or Molly Moon. (Fantasy. 9-12)
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Told in the first person by a young girl named Lily, this whimsical story weaves mystery with fun characters (leprechauns and piskies) and family honor. Precisely on her thirteenth birthday, there is a shocking explosion which launches incredible events wrapped around a common theme: all things green. Readers will be swept away as Lily finds out she is in line to become the "keeper" for the Clan o' Green and their most precious gold. However, such distinction is not automatic. Like her Grandmother Maureen Green (Gigi for short) who was her father's mother and the previous keeper, she must pass three tests or may never return home again. Lily misses her grandmother more than anything since she died a year ago. Sadly, her mother had divorced her father early on and he was accidentally killed before she was two. Thus, the intrigue begins with Lily unexpectedly getting Gigi's ornate gold key with three sparkling emeralds decorating the shaft. It remarkably survived the surprise arrival disguised as Lily's birthday present. Gigi had never taken off the precious, intricate chain necklace that held the key. Since Lily has no siblings, how did the key come to her? Who sent it and why? Answers steadily tumble in as Lily begins numerous adventures to secure her rightful place in the family, including gaining their trust. Somehow, three green brothers (i.e. leprechauns) named Balthazar, Maxwell, and Caspar Green magically deliver the important news to her, Lilybet Green. Then, they whisk her away without anyone knowing it. She soon has to pass the three vital tests of blood, cleverness, and loyalty. Her grandmother's advice (found in a letter during the first test) provides much-needed "luck." Lilybet does have other valuable help along the way (not only from the very special luck o' the green), also comes to know her new family, and is kept remarkably safe in the whole process. Much to her surprise and great relief, she passes all three tests in spite of a most difficult twist and some splendid magic in the last one. Gigi does remain with her in more ways than she thought possible. At last, Lilybet absorbs her new role with sincerity and gratitude while she gains an earnest, newfound love of her heritage. The author incorporates some of Irish dialect as Lilybet makes her way through each difficult test. Youngsters will be drawn into this charming tale as fast action keeps interest, creates heightened anticipation, and insures a compelling conclusion. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
VOYA - Lona Trulove
This story grabs the reader's attention immediately with awkward Lily Green, a secret package, and an explosion. Lily is whisked away into a magical kingdom where she not only learns that she is a lepling (part human, part leprechaun), but also that she is in line to be the next keeper of the gold just like her grandmother before her. Lily is given three of the most difficult challenges a keeper-to-be has ever faced. With the help of some very special leprechauns, she sets off to successfully complete the challenges, thereby proving her ability to be the next keeper and in the process earning the right to go home. Although the overall story of being swept away into a magical kingdom can be very appealing, this effort falls a little short because of the main character. In the beginning, Lily is a whiny girl who does not show the excitement of being in a fantasy world or a spirit of adventure, making it difficult for readers to connect with her. Fortunately about halfway through the novel, her conspiratorial side finally starts to show. It is a fast read with a little escapism and a happy ending meant for the reader who enjoys light fantasy. Reviewer: Lona Trulove

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Random House Children's Books
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5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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?"

Meet 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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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
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*runs quickly through the woods, and shoots a small deer*
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Thanks let go back to camp
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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.
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Okay. Drags the deer and the squirell back to camp.
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*Climbs a tree.*
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Warriors den
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