The Folk Keeper

The Folk Keeper

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689828768
Branch Call Number: BILLINGS F
Characteristics: 162 p. ; 22 cm


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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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