The Folk Keeper

The Folk Keeper

eBook - 2001
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"Here in the Cellar," Corinna says, "I control the Folk. Here, I'm queen of the world." As Folk Keeper at the Rhysbridge Home, she feeds the fierce, dark-dwelling cave Folk; keeps them from souring the milk, killing the chickens, and venting their anger on the neighborhood; and writes it all down in her Folk Record. Since only boys are Folk Keepers, she has disguised herself as a boy, Corin, and it is a boy and a Folk Keeper she intends to stay. Yet there comes a moment when someone else knows the truth. Old, dying Lord Merton not only knows she is a girl, but knows some of her other secrets as well. It is at his bidding that she, as Corin, leaves Rhysbridge to become Folk Keeper and a member of the family on Cliffsend, an isle where the Folk are fiercer than ever they were at Rhysbridge. It is on Cliffsend that Corinna comes face to face with herself, with the powers she does have (some quite unexpected) and those she does not have (even if she lies and says she does). Who really is she? Why does her hair grow two inches a night? Why does the sea draw her? What does she really want? And what future can and will she choose?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001
ISBN: 9780689848100
Branch Call Number: PZ7.B4985
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file (176 pages)
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Jul 15, 2018

If Susan Cooper's book Seaward had a baby with Charlotte Brontë's book Jane Eyre, this would be it. Like Seaward, The Folk Keeper is the story of a young girl's journey to discovering her magical powers. Since the story is told in diary format, it's easy to get swept up in the tale. And such an appealingly gothic tale it is, complete with Jane Eyre-esque elements like a haunted mansion, family secrets, and forbidden romance! If you are a fan of British folklore, this book is a must-read.

May 16, 2018

In this fun and charming retelling of the age-old legend of the seal maiden/selkie, the human world is protected from fierce creatures beneath the earth's surface by "folk keepers." Corinna is one such keeper, who keeps The Folk beneath the Marblehaugh Park estate at bay and from destroying crops and livestock only by plying them with massive quantities of food.

This was one of those books where I was torn between slowly savoring the beauty of the story and prose on each page and feverishly wanting to learn what happened next, and then feeling inexplicably disappointed when the story had ended.


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