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Under the Green Hill

(Under the Green Hill #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Cindy Hudson
Apr 01, 2011 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
Jeanette Stratton
That one was really tough to get through.
Andrea Love
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
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
Despite the super cool premise, there was a little too much 'head hopping' for my tastes, which really stalled me from feeling the story...

Still a neat little book though!~ :)
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Things I Liked:
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
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
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Nov 27, 2012 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
Kat Heckenbach
Apr 17, 2015 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
May 16, 2015 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.
Robert Kent
Mar 26, 2011 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
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have been a fan of all things fairy for as long I can remember. I own lots of fairy art books, practically every Brian Froud book there is, and yet I felt like I was not worthy of this book. The author crafted this book with such brilliance that I swear it has to be her actual life that she is potraying as fiction. How is it so seemless? I found myself mesmerized again and again as she mentions countless fairies. It never seems like she wrote stuff down and worked it together, it seems like a ...more
mattea muench
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve always enjoyed this book, and though I read it first as a middle schooler, it was still a fun read as a young adult. Full of the old magic that make fairy stories so intriguing, this book really does capture what it is to be young and curious in the old English countryside. Anyone who enjoys fairies and the lore that governs the old English villages in which they reside will certainly enjoy Sullivan’s work.
Avery Armanious
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way that Sullivan writes sounds like she is speaking the story, and adding a little bit of commentary. I really liked that writing style and I think it fits the plot very well. Speaking of the plot, oh my goodness, that was so so good. It drew me in immediately. I was quick to like the characters (or dislike; I’m looking at you Finn Fachan), but there was one character that I think could have been omitted entirely. James was barely mentioned and when he was, it wasn’t that important. However ...more
Christine Munford
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Pacing is a little slow and confusing occasionally; and there were too many characters that didn't do anything for the story. But I enjoyed the concept as a whole. ...more
Wysteria Campion
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting piece. You don't often see the fae in modern literature. I enjoyed it thoroughly. ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got bored with this real quick
Hazel West
Oct 27, 2013 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
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2011, kids-stuff
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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Oct 22, 2010 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
From September 2010 SLJ:
Gr 5–8—When 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,
Dec 14, 2011 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
Apr 22, 2011 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
Terri Lynn
Feb 22, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2010 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
Oct 27, 2010 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
Jul 11, 2013 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
Oct 09, 2010 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
Oct 27, 2010 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
Julie Graves
Feb 16, 2011 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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