Green by Laura Peyton Roberts

Lily’s thirteenth birthday starts off with a bang. Literally. A 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—as her grandmother was before her—is in line to be keeper for the Clan of Green, in charge of all their gold. If she passes three tests, that is. And she has to pass them. Because if she doesn’t? She may never get to go home again. She’ll be stuck with the Greens.



Surprisingly, considering the state of my hair, my skin wasn’t damaged at all. But I didn’t have time to ponder that. If someone forced me to go to the hospital, I didn’t intend to make the trip in sequined tap-dancing shorts. Hurrying into my bedroom, I dashed toward my closet and froze.

There was a little man standing on my bed.

Eighteen inches tall at most, he wore a black pilgrim hat, a green coat with silver buttons, tight black britches, and black boots with buckles, all of which looked as if they had just come through a freak rainstorm. Hanging down over his crossed arms was a wiry beard, a wild mess of blond whiskers with the merest hint of green, as if he’d been swimming in chlorine all summer. His eyes were green as well. They pinned mine so intently I couldn’t look away.

“Oh, no,” I moaned. “I
do have a concussion.”


Green by Laura Peyton Roberts, paperback edition

“A fun, fresh take on leprechaun lore that pushes well past typical depictions . . . Lily is a credible hero, by turns scared and confident, and definitely one young readers will enjoy following.”

“An enjoyable little romp through a vividly drawn fairytale land, Lily's story has adventure, comedy, and even a dash of romance . . . Readers will rejoice.”
               —recommended, The Bulletin of
Center for Children's Books

“Roberts has just enough twists in the plot and surprises in the story to keep readers on their toes, and the land of the leprechauns is enchanting and lovely to imagine. Lily Green, of course, steals the show—a brave, smart, sassy heroine who makes both humans and leprechauns proud to claim her as one of their own.”

“This story has it all—intrigue, chase scenes, romance and monsters.”
                                        —Kiwi Magazine


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