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Under the Green Hill (Under the Green Hill #1)

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Meg and her siblings have been sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with elderly relatives. The children are looking forward to exploring the ancient mansion and perhaps discovering a musty old attic or two filled with treasure, but never in their wildest dreams did they expect to find themselves in the middle of a fairy war.

When Rowan pledges to fight fo
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Hardcover, 311 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Cindy Hudson
Apr 01, 2011 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
When the Morgan children, Rowan, Meg, Silly and James, are shipped off to spend the summer in England with an elderly aunt they’ve never met, they aren’t exactly thrilled. But when they arrive at the Rookery, the castle fills their minds with thoughts of exploring and discovering secret passageways.

Those fantasies soon pale when they discover that their family is part of an ancient pact connecting them to the fairies who live under the green hill. When they realize that one of them must act as c
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Andrea Love
Dec 27, 2010 Andrea Love rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautiful example of the duality in mythical lore; there cannot be light without darkness. Perfect book for young readers (I estimate grades 5-7), or adults that still enjoy the magic of well written children's literature. The author has set the story to allow for a series to follow (which I would love), but there is enough closure for this initial offering to stand alone. The main characters are well developed, and supporting characters stay in their places until drawn into the s ...more
melissa1lbr
Apr 01, 2011 melissa1lbr rated it really liked it
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This book had a really rich and detailed atmosphere. I loved how I was drawn into the mythology and the setting immediately - just as quickly as Rowan is sucked into the fairy war. The changeable and unearthly personalities of the fairies was really well done - most fairy stories talk about how they are so amoral, but this one really felt that way. Meg was a character that you love and that you might get annoyed with at the same time. I really enjoyed the writing too, which was qu
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Jeanette Stratton
That one was really tough to get through.
Kat Heckenbach
Apr 19, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it liked it
A cute middle grade read. When I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be a lot like Fablehaven--siblings visiting relatives they really didn't know, and finding out those relatives were in charge of a preserve for mythical creatures. Well, not quite. The mythical creatures are only fairies, and the relatives are merely guardians for the Green Hill. The story and writing are also quite a bit more mellow than Fablehaven, but still an interesting world with interesting fairy lore and ...more
Terri Lynn
Mar 11, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
What a delicious book! I savored every page of it and was sorry when it ended. In her acknowledgements at the end of the book, the author Laura Sullivan thanks her agent for comparing her work to that of E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis. The agent is wrong. This book EXCEEDS anything that Nesbit and Lewis ever wrote and I don't say that lightly.

Our story starts with two mossy stones in the English countryside coming to life. Thousands of miles away in America, two college professors prepare to send thei
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Michelle
Mar 19, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Scripted with lovely prose, Under the Green Hill paints an imaginative and realistic picture of what life amongst fairy is like. Simply plotted the story focuses on a cadre of children who are inadvertently drawn into the middle of a fairy war. Filled with strange creatures and a few evilly intentioned humans the story follows these children as they arrive in England, through their investigation of their extended family’s home and it’s surrounding grounds, all the way up to the end of a war not ...more
C.
Aug 08, 2013 C. rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
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Ryan
Dec 04, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brittany, Katherine
A nice surprise - I enjoyed it far more than I expected. The 'good people' weren't disney-fied, characters were more complex than expected, I really liked the story, and the ending was satisfyingly complete without being trite. I'm always impressed when an author knows where the end is. I could read it again and find something different, I think. This time, I liked the ash trees, and the idea that people don't do "now" well because the past and future are constantly pressuring them. Trees are ve ...more
Beverly
Sep 09, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fantasy
This is a good fantasy in which the author has cobbled together lots of different fairy lore to include as part of the action in the book. Bits of Tamlane show up, as well as the folktale about the fellow who uses a yellow ribbon to mark the place where the pot of gold is buried, only to return and find yellow ribbons on every bush. Different legendary creatures show up, such as the Seelie Court, the Unseelie Court, Jenny Greenteeth, the Nuckelavee, brownies, shape-shifters and many others.
Threegirlsandabook
May 16, 2015 Threegirlsandabook rated it did not like it

R- I am not that big on fantasy, but I will read it and sort of enjoy it if it is written well. Under the Green Hill completely went against that. This book followed childeren as they traveled to England to find themselves in the middle of a fairy war. It's not a bad plot , it is just so long and written so uninterestingly you'll want to bang your head on a table. This book was so boring I almost fell asleep reading it.
Vivian
Apr 14, 2016 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
Four siblings and two acquaintances are sent by their parents to relations in England to escape a devastating flu epidemic. They arrive on midsummer's eve and are lured by the Seelie Prince disguised as a local youth to the Green Hill from which emerges the Seelie Queen and all her court. They find themselves out of the proverbial frying pan and now in the proverbial fire.

As in Susan Cooper's THE DARK IS RISING and Nancy Bond's A STRING IN THE HARP, the children must work together to overcome se
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Christa
Jul 16, 2015 Christa rated it liked it
It was...alright. It was slow going for me at first. I found the plot device of the 'fever epidemic' to get our heroic children over seas a little laughable given that this tale is clearly set in current times. I liked side character Dickie and feel the author should have done more with him than Finn, the typical 'I Am An Unlikable Schmuck, Hate Me, Hate Me, Hate Me, The Lead Female Character Is Clearly Going To Fall For Me' anti-hero for the next book.

On the upside, it encourages kids (even me!
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Kim
From September 2010 SLJ:
Gr 58When a life-claiming illness sweeps across the United States, college professors Tom and Glynnis Morgan send their children to England to stay with elderly relatives they have never met. Rowan, Meg, Priscilla, and James are accompanied by malicious Finn Fachan and timid Dickie Rhys, sons of other professors. When great-great-aunt Phyllida Ash gives her six guests a list of rules the first evening (stay out of the forest, never accept food from outside the Rookery, do
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Robert Kent
Mar 26, 2011 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
Do you like fairies, Esteemed Reader? No? Is it because of that special documentary on the History Channel that revealed that there have been multiple reports throughout history of folks claiming to have experienced missing time and later recalling that they were abducted by “fairies” with big black eyes and all gray skin that flew around in a UFO? Well, I can’t say as how I blame you. If it’s on the History Channel, it must be true, and you are right to be afraid, Esteemed Reader.

Laura L. Sulli
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Hazel West
Oct 31, 2013 Hazel West rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was a pleasantly enjoyable read, and while not the best fairy book I have ever read, it had a lot of the traditional tales and such that are always fun to see in such books for lovers of fairy lore.

Cover--Yea or Nay: Yes, I love this cover. It's so pretty and it obviously states what the book is about.

Characters: Meg is a nice protagonist. I liked her because, even though she's not the oldest of the siblings, she's the oldest girl and kind of takes on a mother
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Lynne
Sep 29, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
I discovered this book on one of the fantasy lists here on Goodreads. First of all, the fantastic cover caught my eye (which is simply ah-mazing by the way) and then after reading the synopsis I was completely intrigued.

Under the Green Hill starts out in a small town in New York but you quickly find yourself, along with the characters, whisked away to the magical countryside of England, near the (fictional?) town of Gladysmere, where the lore of fairies, brownies, leprechauns and other mystical
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Alan
Dec 19, 2010 Alan rated it liked it
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 320 pages
Lexile: 1030L

Rowan, Meg, Silly and James are sent by their parents from America to England to stay with their Great Aunt Ash and Great Uncle Lysander (or perhaps Great Great) in England to keep them safe from an outbreak of influenza in the States. Little did they know the trouble they may be sending them into.
Their Aunt and Uncle it turns out live at a special place, the Rookery. The Rookery is located near the Green Hill, the home of the Seelie Court
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Karen
Oct 30, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was a lucky winner of this book from Kathryn who put it up for the goodreads first reads program.

This book was fantastic! I'm a big fan of the fairy folklore, and all of those older European legend, so it goes with no doubt that I enjoyed reading about it in this story. Though it's middle grade literature, and the cover looks rather juvenile, I think that older readers would like this book too because the actual storyline is very fun and adventurous.

The characters were all well written,and I f
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Laura
Nov 15, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Because of a mysterious illness sweeping through the United States, Rowan, Meg, Silly and James Morgan are sent to live with distant relatives in England that they have never met before. Joining them are two other children, Dickie and Finn. Once there, the children are given a lot of freedom to explore but also are told a few rules that the need to follow - most of them very odd such as not giving your name to strangers. Of course, as childen are going to do, they proceed to quickly break many o ...more
Karalee
Jan 05, 2011 Karalee rated it really liked it
In this book, six young Americans (the 4 Morgan siblings and 2 others) travel to a remote area of England for the summer to escape a serious illness plaguing the US. From the moment the Morgans arrive at the Rookery, the home of their great-aunt and great-uncle, they realize that the world is much bigger, broader and different than they ever dreamed, a world filled with fairies, brownies and all manner of other creatures. All four Morgans are quickly drawn into that world after Rowan, the eldest ...more
Alison
Jul 11, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-son-s-books
This was a good book for kids to read but a little older kids, middle school is a good age. There is a LOT of higher level vocab in this book but the story seems to appeal to younger kids. I even tripped over a couple words and had a dictionary next to me just incase. I could see younger kids wanting to read this but not quite getting through it. I have no idea what the "lexile" is on it but it's gotta be high because I can see 8th graders struggling with this a little. My son's in 6th grade and ...more
Miriam
Jul 08, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it
In the face of a dangerous influenza outbreak in the U.S. Rowan, Meg, Silly (Priscilla), and James Morgan are shipped off, superfluously accompanied by their nemesis Finn Fachan, and meek, allergic Dickie Rhys, to spend the summer with estranged maternal relatives on a rambling English estate. The children promptly defy their guardians’ rules and find that exploring the estate, with its countless rooms full of ancient books and armor, and even a hidden door in a wardrobe, is yet nothing to explo ...more
Lawral
May 16, 2011 Lawral rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, kids-stuff, 2011
I'm a bit partial to books about kids in unfamiliar old houses who stumble upon magical worlds. Extra points if that old house is in the English countryside. Extra, extra points if the kids get caught up in an epic war requiring brave heroics. There was never any doubt in my mind that I would love Under the Green Hill.

I want to be so very grown-up and objective and say that what I found so attractive in this book was its own sense of place in and reverence to the tradition of books about kids in
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Heidi
Feb 21, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
This was a decent book and I am a sucker for fairy stories. It reminded me at times of the Dark is Rising series and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; unfortunately it never quite reaches their level of greatness. More character development would have helped. Finn and Dickie's characters weren't all that essential to the plot even though they were at times the POV characters. Silly and James seemed to be an afterthought put into the story to bring the siblings to an even foursome. Overall, ...more
Christine Mitchell
Jun 30, 2015 Christine Mitchell rated it really liked it
Pre-read this for my 8 year old. The ending has a twist that a youth would not expect. I felt the characters Finn and D(the kid with allergies) were underdeveloped as far as actual 'screen time' in the story goes. However it has a wide vocabulary range for a youth novel which I appreciate when giving books to my child and its also targeted for youth in that (spoiler alert) no one actually dies...

Julie Graves
Feb 28, 2011 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
The Morgan children, Rowan, Meg, Priscilla(Silly for short), and James are sent to live with relatives in England to escape the fever in the States. They are looking forward to exploring the house with many rooms and the countryside around them.

What they discover is a land of fairies. Shortly after arriving they find themselves in the midst of preparations for the fairy war. Every 7th year the Midsummer War takes place. The Seelie Court and the Host meet under the Green Hill to do battle. They c
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Heather
Nov 28, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
I was so excited to win this book as a first reads give away from Goodreads. It really does work to enter the drawings! When I started reading this book I had to laugh a little because the whole premise of getting the kids to England made me think "swine flu". I had kind of a hard time getting into this book, though. I kept thinking "Fablehaven" in my mind and Fablehaven is one of my favorite book series ever. Kids sent to live with relatives they didn't know well, isolated from the real world w ...more
Cindy
Nov 13, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from first reads and it took me a week to read it but only because I had to go to work. The first day I read over half the book. I loved it, it's a wonderful story with great charactors and a surprise ending that was not expected. I dont want to give away too much because I know family members will read this too. It started out fast, had wonderful discriptions of places and things I now wish I could see. I loved the house they stayed at, the Rookery. Interesting name and definately a ...more
Benji Martin
Apr 14, 2014 Benji Martin rated it really liked it
If you took Narnia, Fablehaven, The Perilous Gard, and even a tiny bit of The Hunger Games and put them all into a blender, this is what would come out. It isn't bad by any means. I enjoyed it very much. It just isn't the most original thing every published. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. I don't want people to stop writing fairy books. I like them.
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