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3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  344 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Turning thirteen starts off with a bang for Lily. Literally. A birthday 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, like her grandmother before h
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published December 9th 2009)
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Oct 25, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
Lily Green feels like she never fits in. It doesn't help that her mom has moved them yet again for her job. The day of her thirteenth birthday finally rolls around and she is looking forward to hanging out with the only friend she has made in the new town. The doorbell rings and Lily finds a little box on her doorstep. When she opens it she finds a key that had belonged to her beloved grandmother who passed away a year ago. The key arrives with a bang and Lily's life literally explodes into tota ...more
Laura Pauling
Apr 17, 2010 Laura Pauling rated it really liked it
On her 13th birthday, Lily is kidnapped by leprechauns and brought to the land of Green. She learns that she is part leprechaun, as was her grandmother. Lily has a choice to make before she can return home. Pass the three tests to become Keeper (of the gold)or quit. But if she quits, her memory will be erased, including some of the memories of her grandmother. Lily tries to pass the seemingly impossible tests, but someone is out to sabotage her. There's also the cute Keeper of the clan across th ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
It was fun, and an original take on leprechauns, of all things. Not deep, and not terribly lasting (though my 10 year old loves it), but fun.
Malia C.
Sep 01, 2014 Malia C. rated it liked it
My favorite book genre is realistic fiction. Green is a fantasy book with lots of leprechauns and magic so it didn't really appeal to me. But, I really liked the plot and story! I thought the author did a great job describing the characters and their personalities although there wasn't much about each of them. I didn't like how this book started abruptly with a prologue without giving information on the characters. Then, after the prologue, there was still not much detail until later on. Over al ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, a fast read & it kept me wanting to hurry up & finish it.
Oct 25, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Mar 16, 2011 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I have had GREEN on my TBR pile for a while now, and with March being the month to celebrate all things Irish, I dusted it off and opened the front cover and was sucked straight in to the story.

After having a bad day at school, missing her grandmother who has recently died, and all alone at home because her mother was not yet back from work, Lily Green opens a package that has been left on her doorstep; it is her birthday after all! One big green kaboom later she has been tied up and is being ki
Apr 26, 2011 Jessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 no ...more
Mar 06, 2011 M. rated it liked it
Lily Green's mom got a promotion which required a move to a new town not long before Lily's 13th birthday. She hasn't really made any friends, she gets laughed at in gymnastics class, and her mom preferred to go to work on Lily's birthday rather than staying home to make the day special for her. Enter the leprechauns...who kidnap Lily, take her to the land of the "Greens," and make her take difficult tests so that she can qualify to be the new keeper of the Greens, the person who acts as a go-be ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Taylor rated it really liked it

book report on the book Green
by Taylor

usually i am not the sort of person that likes books with made up critters, but this book was as the leprechauns say " Just as good as a pot of gold." i would recommend this book to people that like adventure, Drama and a little bit of romance.

My overall favourite character was Lily because she is smart, funny and has 1 percent leprechaun blood. i think i could relate to her just on her relationship with her friend. last year i had one friend in my class,b
Karen Keyte
Jan 23, 2010 Karen Keyte rated it liked it
Lilybet Green's world is changed forever when she finds an exploding birthday present on her front porch...

Things have not been going at all well for Lily over the past year. She and her single mother have moved again and Lily has only been able to make one friend so far. Everyone else thinks she's a freak. Infinitely worse, her beloved Grandmother Green (Gigi) passed away and Lily misses her more with each passing day. Needless to say, Lily is feeling pretty sorry for herself by the time her th
Jessica Kinney
Feb 12, 2014 Jessica Kinney rated it really liked it
This book is filled with high climbing action and lots of leprechauns. If you think finding a way into another world, this book is for you! I read this book rather quickly because I wanted to keep turning the pages. A girl name Lil, starts her birthday with an exploding present and then three leprechauns capture her and take her on a trip she'll never forget! Those leprechauns and many more want her as their gold keeper. But Lil has to pass three tests to do it. But if she messes up on any of th ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Davy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
The author of the popular Clearwater Crossing series goes a long way towards rectifying the lack of leprechauns in young adult fiction with this enjoyable new fantasy novel. On the afternoon of her thirteenth birthday, Lily is abducted by a posse of leprechauns, who inform her that she has been chosen to succeed her late grandmother as “Keeper o’ the Clan” (a treasurer-like position traditionally held by “leplings”—that is, humans with leprechaun blood). A typical teenager, Lily has problems of ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Marissa rated it it was ok
I picked this up for Julia to read. She never got into it.
I thought I'd start it just to see. By the end I liked the book ok. But I wasn't that engaged for at least the first half. It seems as if this will be a series, so maybe the rest of the books would be better from the start because all the exposition has been done.
Dec 10, 2014 Ariana rated it liked it
i liked this book a lot. but u can't really remember it well. i read it like four years ago or something. but i remembered it started with a bang (literally) and ended in a happy ending -- which i don't often enjoy but i remembered enjoying the second half of the book at least.
Kerry Cerra
Jun 27, 2010 Kerry Cerra added it
Shelves: mg
All Lily Green wanted for her 13th birthday was to be invisible from Team Ainsley who constantly ripped on her at gymnastics, and to catch dinner and a movie with her best—and only—friend, Kendall. But, when a package arrives in her mailbox and Lily opens it, she is blown away—literally—as green fireworks explode on her front porch. Captured by leprechauns and whisked away to a meadow in a distant land, Lily soon discovers that she is next in line to be Keeper for the Clan of Green. But, only if ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Traci rated it liked it
I previously read some of the reviews on here and all of them were rated at least a 3 or 4. So I guess in me giving it a 3 that it is consistant. I do have to say that I didn't get into this book until half least!!! It is an extremely easy read and that is why I continued to read it. It isn't that there is anything wrong with the first half of the book but I wasn't exactly that interested in the content that I was reading. I do have to say the ending was what led me to giving the book a ...more
Aroe Ajoeni
Oct 28, 2014 Aroe Ajoeni rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this although I don't really read these kind of books anymore because you can really expect the ending.Basically its a story for children.It's kind of boring at the beginning but then it gets really interesting. Didn't have anything to read,so this book wasn't that bad.
Lindsey Walker
I read this book I high school and I LOVED IT! I even asked the author if she was going to right a second one... sadly she didn't plan on it. I really want to own this book I think I read it at my old library.
Mar 30, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it

Oh this book! This book was maybe the first book I reread, and I totally loved it!!

This book was a great great great great story, and I hope I can find my copy of it to read it again...
Jen Traub
Mar 01, 2016 Jen Traub rated it liked it
Cute middle-grade novel about fitting in and leprechauns. It was a sweet story, but too predictable/ cliche at times.
Cute, but not super fantastic. I think it may have worked a little better for me if she was 16 instead of 13.
Jun 10, 2015 Biana rated it liked it
Such a cute, charming book. I was looking for something light, but fun...I found it!
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Sydney Prematta
Apr 15, 2010 Sydney Prematta rated it it was amazing
So far the book is really good. In the beginning this girl named Lily gets a strange packet and when she opens it, it blows up . That is when she sees three leprechauns standing right in front of her. So they tie her up and take her to there village. Soon Lily finds out that she has leprechaun blood. Now she has to pass three tests to become the keeper. The first test is to open a secret cave. The second test is to catch a spotted pixie which is very hard and they are very dangerous. Finally, t ...more
Emily Ludlow
The perfect story for St. Patrick's Day! :)
Carol Royce Owen
Apr 19, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
Lily (Lilybet) Green wants nothing more than to fit in and be accepted in her new hometown in California, but things aren't looking good. In fact, life pretty much stinks since she has had to move so much and she recently lost her loving grandmother. So on her 13th birthday things are looking pretty down when the unexpected happens. She receives an exploding package that contains a key that her grandmother used to wear, and the package is accompanied by three leprechauns. Now, Lily's life change ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
I love this book it was amazing!!'
Kristen Jorgensen
Aug 22, 2010 Kristen Jorgensen rated it really liked it
On Lilybets 13th birthday she is kidnapped by Leprechauns, to be their keeper...after she passes some trials that is. If she does she will be employed for life over an enormous amount of gold, enjoy a new world where she is almost a celebrity, and enjoy "luck" for the rest of her life.

This was a very cute story with a fun idea. Girls will like Lily and the fun ending. While it's not a future Newbery it was a good read. I would be interested in reading more if Roberts chooses to make it a series
Jul 27, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book all about leperchans. This girl gets a key that her grandma used to have but already passed away, then suddenly the box explodes and some leperchans come out and a whole adventure comes to this shy girl on her 13th b-day. She now has to become keeper to this whole village of leperchans. But to keeper she has to pass three tests and if she fails one she wont remeber anything of her most loved grandma. Which makes her determine to pass these impossible tests.
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Laura Peyton Roberts is the author of numerous books for teens and tweens, including the Clearwater Crossing series, Ghost of a Chance, The Queen of Second Place, Queen B, Green, and Walk on Water. Laura has degrees in both geology and English, and worked as a geologist before becoming a writer. Visit her at
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