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The Folk Keeper by Franny BILLINGSLEY

The Folk Keeper (original 1999; edition 2002)


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Title:The Folk Keeper
Authors:Franny BILLINGSLEY
Info:Aladdin Paperbacks (2002), Paperback, 176 pages
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The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (1999)

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It's more of a novella than a novel, but it's lovely and creepy and wickedly inventive. The twists are predictable, but the strange world the novel inhabits is both wondrous and terrifying. Corinna is a wonderful protagonist: spiteful, mean, misanthropic, and utterly dedicated to her task as Folk Keeper. She would get along with Merricat from Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Not as fabulous as Chime, but still a charming story from the point of view of a strange girl with goals... ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
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. ( )
  ryner | May 16, 2018 |
Quite charming little book about a selkie girl who doesn't know that's what she is. She's not particularly sympathetic to begin with, but she improves with self-knowledge. And she's certainly no pushover. ( )
  zjakkelien | Oct 19, 2014 |
Not as fabulous as Well Wished, but still a very compelling book, full of very deep and serious magic. I am a Billinglsey fan. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Jun 19, 2014 |
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Billingsley, FrannyAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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To my daughter Miranda, who found me the book that got me into the caves, and to my editor Jean Karl, who showed me the way back out.
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It is a day of yellow fog, and the Folk are hungry.
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She is never cold, she always knows exactly what time it is, and her hair grows two inches while she sleeps. Fifteen-year-old Corinna Stonewall--the only Folk Keeper in the city of Rhysbridge--sits hour after hour with the Folk in the dark, chilly cellar, "drawing off their anger as a lightning rod draws off lightning." The Folk are the fierce, wet-mouthed, cave-dwelling gremlins who sour milk, rot cabbage, and make farm animals sick. Still, they are no match for the steely, hard-hearted, vengeful orphan Corinna who prides herself in her job of feeding, distracting, and otherwise pacifying these furious, ravenous creatures. The Folk Keeper has power and independence, and that's the way she likes it.

One day, Corinna is summoned by Lord Merton to come to the vast seaside estate Cliffsend as Folk Keeper and family member--for she is the once-abandoned child he has been looking for. It is at Cliffsend that Corinna learns where her unusual powers come from, why she is drawn to the sea, and finally, what it means to be comfortable in her own skin. Written in the form of a journal, The Folk Keeper is a powerful story of a proud, ferociously self-reliant girl who breaks out of her dark, cold, narrow world into one of joy, understanding, and even the magic of romance. Franny Billingsley, author of the critically acclaimed fantasy Well Wished, has created a vividly portrayed, deliciously frightening novel that will have readers glued to the pages until the very un-bitter end. (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Orphan Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.

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