[Read pdf] The Folk KeeperAuthor Franny Billingsley – Z55z.co

She is never cold, she always knows exactly what time it is, and her hair grows two inches while she sleeps Fifteen year old Corinna Stonewall the only Folk Keeper in the city of Rhysbridge sits hour after hour with the Folk in the dark, chilly cellar, drawing off their anger as a lightning rod draws off lightning The Folk are the fierce, wet mouthed, cave dwelling gremlins who sour milk, rot cabbage, and make farm animals sick Still, they are no match for the steely, hard hearted, vengeful orphan Corinna who prides herself in her job of feeding, distracting, and otherwise pacifying these furious, ravenous creatures The Folk Keeper has power and independence, and that s the way she likes itOne day, Corinna is summoned by Lord Merton to come to the vast seaside estate Cliffsend as Folk Keeper and family member for she is the once abandoned child he has been looking for It is at Cliffsend that Corinna learns where her unusual powers come from, why she is drawn to the sea, and finally, what it means to be comfortable in her own skin Written in the form of a journal, The Folk Keeper is a powerful story of a proud, ferociously self reliant girl who breaks out of her dark, cold, narrow world into one of joy, understanding, and even the magic of romance


10 thoughts on “The Folk Keeper

  1. Sharman Russell Sharman Russell says:

    I finished The Folk Keeper in just a few hours and almost in one sitting I was reminded this is one reason I like middle grade literature Short powerful stories you can enter and leave in a short time, something like a movie, rather than that other experience of reading a book over days or weeks The latter is so stretched out, dipping your feet back in the water, getting into the flow again The Folk Keeper was a plunge, into the waves I was impressed I felt like a ten year old again Thi I finished The Folk Keeper in just a few hours and almost in one sitting I was reminded this is one reason I like middle grade literature Short powerful stories you can enter and leave in a short time, something like a movie, rather than that other experience of reading a book over days or weeks The latter is so stretched out, dipping your feet back in the water, getting into the flow again The Folk Keeper was a plunge, into the waves I was impressed I felt like a ten year old again This is another reason I like middle grade literature The language was beautiful Lyrical Surprising The plot was fun and didn t wind down, either New developments A strong and powerful book It made me feel strong and powerful, too, as a writer and as a young person going out in the world Yet another reason I like middle grade literature


  2. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    I usually don t read YA just picked up this book at a garage sale without knowing what it was, read two pages and abandoned it I went back to it only because I wanted a slim volume to keep up my book count for the reading challenge but now I am glad that I did Good for goodreads I am in two minds about this book The premise and story are superb, and the characters are drawn with a few deft brush strokes But this book is too thin, almost an outline for a novel than a novel itself The beg I usually don t read YA just picked up this book at a garage sale without knowing what it was, read two pages and abandoned it I went back to it only because I wanted a slim volume to keep up my book count for the reading challenge but now I am glad that I did Good for goodreads I am in two minds about this book The premise and story are superb, and the characters are drawn with a few deft brush strokes But this book is too thin, almost an outline for a novel than a novel itself The beginning is so abrupt that I was tossed head first into the middle of the story, and it took me quite some time to regain my breath then sometime was spent on getting my bearings in this strange universe into which I had descended Then, I was captivated.Corinna Stonewall is an orphan and a Folk Keeper She dresses up as a boy Corin and lives in the cellar of the Rhysbridge orphanage Her task is to keep the Folk beings which are mostly wet mouth and teeth brr Right out of M.R.James, that from working their black magic and spoiling food and harvest, by continuously feeding them She is jerked out of this less than idyllic but stable existence and hauled off to Cliffsend in the Northern Isles, by Lord Merton and his wife Lady Alicia, along with Lord Merton s cousin Edward Lord Merton dies immediately after meeting Corinna, after startling her with knowledge of her secrets but he intrigues her enough to persuade her to travel.Once at Cliffsend, Corinna begins to make startling discoveries about her true nature The Folk are stronger here, but they are not the only denizens that inhabit the twilight world between reality and fantasy As Corinna slowly discovers her kinship to them, the secrets of her past are also slowly revealed The Folk Keeper is a fairy tale and Gothic romance rolled into one The author makes use of common devices of both the genres and merges them seamlessly I could feel the bite of the cold wind at Cliffsend, and the woodland sprites flitting about at the corner of my vision And the resolution is satisfying to both genres.This is also a coming of age story, and a Hero s journey, where the heroine finds her true nature at the end though not in the way we expect.Why only the three stars then Well, as mentioned in the beginning, the story is spread too thin It seems as though Ms Billingsley was in a hurry to get the novel out I can t help feeling that this is one book which would have been better if it had been a little fatter


  3. The Shayne-Train The Shayne-Train says:

    Both the little one and I really enjoyed this book The narrator has such a strong voice, and in the beginning and mostly throughout her utter disdain for people was endearing and entertaining Plus minor spoilers , the fact that the narrator was a girl masquerading as a boy led us to a conversation about how some people feel the desire or downright need to dress as the opposite sex, whether out of fun, or self identity So I got to throw some open mindedness and acceptance into her innoc Both the little one and I really enjoyed this book The narrator has such a strong voice, and in the beginning and mostly throughout her utter disdain for people was endearing and entertaining Plus minor spoilers , the fact that the narrator was a girl masquerading as a boy led us to a conversation about how some people feel the desire or downright need to dress as the opposite sex, whether out of fun, or self identity So I got to throw some open mindedness and acceptance into her innocent little brainpan as well Bonus I didn t do the hide spoilers thing because, seriously, you find out within the first 20 pages The supernatural elements i.e., the Folk that, as you may have guessed, are Kept are portrayed with just the right level of creepiness to build tension, but not necessarily make the faint hearted shiver and ask to sleep in YOUR bed tonight There are a few bits of stuff that are pretty intense discussions of deaths of previous household members, including that of a mother and child during birthing , but it s done in a matter of fact way that I think actually helps a child realize that sometimes bad crap happens and lives must go on.All in all, both adult and child were delighted with this story If you read to children, read this to them If you read YA middle grade literature for yourself, read this to you.


  4. Emmy Emmy says:

    Once I started reading I couldn t put this book down It was storming outside my window and I was huddled by my lamp devouring Billingsley s words I stayed up the entire night reading and when I finished I was left wishing forI can probably credit this book for making me realize that writing doesn t have to be a boring and daunting activity If I could find the right words I could make the exciting stories in my head come to life on paper for other people to enjoy I still get a little t Once I started reading I couldn t put this book down It was storming outside my window and I was huddled by my lamp devouring Billingsley s words I stayed up the entire night reading and when I finished I was left wishing forI can probably credit this book for making me realize that writing doesn t have to be a boring and daunting activity If I could find the right words I could make the exciting stories in my head come to life on paper for other people to enjoy I still get a little thrill of excitement when I think of this book It s not just a children s book, I recommend it to anyone who likes dark fairy tales If you can, read it on a stormy night with the rain drumming on your roof and the Folk hungry in your basement


  5. Beth Beth says:

    Hmmmm I m still compiling my thoughts on this one, mainly wondering if I would beimpressed if I d read The Folk Keeper before the superior Chime This book feels like the precursor to Chime, the I m still working things out on the author s part things like mood and the delicate balance of eerie and fey, like better integrated descriptions and language I realize that some might think Chime to be overly long or endlessly narrated, but its language was so nuanced and lovely that the The F Hmmmm I m still compiling my thoughts on this one, mainly wondering if I would beimpressed if I d read The Folk Keeper before the superior Chime This book feels like the precursor to Chime, the I m still working things out on the author s part things like mood and the delicate balance of eerie and fey, like better integrated descriptions and language I realize that some might think Chime to be overly long or endlessly narrated, but its language was so nuanced and lovely that the The Folk Keeper feels choppy and abrupt in comparison, almost as though part of the story was edited out.This is not a bad read it s certainly creative and it kept me turning the pages But for Billingsley s real masterpiece, read Chime.


  6. Nicky Nicky says:

    The Folk Keeper is like a prototype for Chime Something about the narration, the tone, the characters I still liked it, though, even if not as much as Chime it s shorter, lighter, and it does have details all its own Corinna has her own lovely strange powers, her own story.If you liked Chime, The Folk Keeper may seem like an easier, shorter version, but it s still very good I read it all in one go, and apparently my train stopped in Cheltenham without me even noticing


  7. Katie Katie says:

    I really do just want to copy and paste Beth s review I, too, felt like this was a not as good precursor to Chime And to some extent, I was ALWAYS going to compare the next Billingsley I read to my beloved Chime, but this had a lot of parallels with the mysteries to both reader and narrator The romance, too, had a similar flavor.Anyway, this was nice enough I really do just want to copy and paste Beth s review I, too, felt like this was a not as good precursor to Chime And to some extent, I was ALWAYS going to compare the next Billingsley I read to my beloved Chime, but this had a lot of parallels with the mysteries to both reader and narrator The romance, too, had a similar flavor.Anyway, this was nice enough


  8. Sarah Mayor Cox Sarah Mayor Cox says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I read many books over the course of a year, some for pleasure, some for work, some to review and share with others Some of the books I start out reading for work or to review I end up enjoyingthan I had initially predicted Very, very few however, of these books make it onto my all time favourite list So in a year when I have read some of the finest books yet, it is with great excitement that I add The Folk Keeper to my list of all time favourites.The Folk Keeper sits within a genre of I read many books over the course of a year, some for pleasure, some for work, some to review and share with others Some of the books I start out reading for work or to review I end up enjoyingthan I had initially predicted Very, very few however, of these books make it onto my all time favourite list So in a year when I have read some of the finest books yet, it is with great excitement that I add The Folk Keeper to my list of all time favourites.The Folk Keeper sits within a genre of books that has become very popular with children s and adult writers alike I like to call them full pitcher fantasies The term refers to Maurice Saxby s description of literature being like the magical pitcher that never runs dry, you can always dip into it and come up with a recurrent theme, archetypal character or story with which to do something new.I have to admit from the outset that full pitcher fantasies are probably my favourite sort of books to read One of the children s literature subjects I teach focuses on the history of myths, legends and folk tales and how these traditional literatures impact on modern writing for children It is a fascinating subject and I am on as steep a learning curve as the enthusiastic students with whom I work What I most enjoy is discovering some element, character or symbol from one of these traditional literatures woven into a new book Perhaps it is this context, which made The Folk Keeper stand out for me as such as strong story Corinna Stonewall, the female protagonist, masquerades as a male so as to be allowed the position of Folk Keeper She is endowed with all the feistiness and ingenuity needed to keep the Folk of the Otherworld at bay Her story is told through the entries she makes into the Record, a diary of what the Folk are eating and how they are responding to her keeping of them on certain feast days throughout the year I normally find books told through the device of diary entries quite boring it is a device that has been done to death So I was surprised by the originality of the opening entry.February 2nd CandlemasIt is a day of yellow fog, and the Folk are hungry They ate the lamb I brought them, picking the bones clean and leaving them outside the Folk Door.The lamb was meant for Matron s Sunday supper She ll know I took it, but she will not dare say anything She can keep her tapestries and silks and Sunday dinners Here in the Cellar, I control the Folk Here, I m queen of the world.It is one of the strangest opening passages I ve ever read but two or three entries later I was completely hooked.Billingsley has this knack of casually throwing out clues about Corinna which are at first slightly unnerving We are told she hardly eats or sleeps, that her skin has a strangely translucent quality and that her downy hair magically grows two inches each night Coupled with her fierce determination to control the Folk and her revengeful nature it took me a while to warm to her Early in the story and, against her wishes, she is summoned to the bedside of Lord Merton who is dying He sees past her boyish disguise and recognises her face and her skin When she agrees to become The Folk Keeper at Cliffsend, Lord Merton s estate, she finds herself caught up in a tangled family history A history full of secrets and mystery and of characters who are not what they appear to be As Corinna searches desperately for her own identity and her place in the world her vulnerability is revealed.I did not pick the solution to the mystery I didn t see the love story coming and the murder took me completely by surprise, but even if I had guessed at these things I am sure I would still have been satisfied by the story Billingsley laces The Folk Keeper with many motifs and archetypal characters from Celtic and Norse mythology, and tells it in an unusual combination of literary quality and pace The Folk Keeper shows how complex a 1st person narrative can be if written as brilliantly as Billingsley does.Please judge this book by its cover Sarah Gibb s eerie illustration is striking, and Yeti McCaldin s design is one of the most sophisticated I have seen you will find it holds a truly remarkable tale inside.Sadly new edition s cover is very bland in comparison to the last one


  9. Karen Karen says:

    The Folk Keeper is set sometime in the past when we travelled by horse and coach and villages grew and raised their own food and people had to worry about controlling The Folk Corinna, the main character, cuts off her beautiful long hair, wears trousers and masquerades as male adolescent, Corin Only males can be Folk Keepers and this is what Corinna, now known as Corin, wants to do with her life She s secretly listened into the conversations of other Folk Keepers, bribed secret lessons fr The Folk Keeper is set sometime in the past when we travelled by horse and coach and villages grew and raised their own food and people had to worry about controlling The Folk Corinna, the main character, cuts off her beautiful long hair, wears trousers and masquerades as male adolescent, Corin Only males can be Folk Keepers and this is what Corinna, now known as Corin, wants to do with her life She s secretly listened into the conversations of other Folk Keepers, bribed secret lessons from some of the boys at the orphanage where she lives and taught herself everything she knows I found Corin to be a smart and amusing character who wasn t about to let anyone get the better of her and I was totally under her spell after just a couple of chapters.The Folk Keeper is written as journal entries Corin makes in her Folk Record The writing is very whimsical and the sentence structure is a little different from usual and can be quite difficult to take in at some points, with a lot of the writing as short, stunted sentences I did occasionally get a little confused, especially if I d been interrupted for any reason and I had to go back a page or two and read it again, but all in all, this was a fascinating little book.I was desperate to find out what exactly The Folk were and I loved reading the Folklore and picking up bits of information Corin noted in her journal What kind of creatures were these Folk and how come they ate so much and caused mayhem to the animals and crops, especially on feast days Why did the posh family want to adopt her Why did she feel so at home near the sea I had so many questions almost immediately I started reading and it was a fun and enchanting journey finding out the answers as little snippets of information were given up here and there allowing the tale to come together.When I picked up The Folk Keeper I thought that at 162 pages I d have it read in no time I was wrong This book takes a fair bit of concentration and will probably take you twice as long as you think to read Don t let this put you off though the story is totally enchanting and definitely worth every minute of your reading time Would I recommend this book Yes, it s a beautiful and enchanting story very reminiscent of an old fashioned fairytale


  10. Nafiza Nafiza says:

    Franny Billingsley has magic in her fingers Or perhaps it would beaccurate to say that she has magic in her mind There are conventional ways to create characters and then there s the Franny B way Her protagonists I ve read three of her books so I know what I m talking about have this certain quality of otherness This, how do I say it, unearthliness to them that make all of them just so fascinating to read Corinna is no different The story is told in the first person and from the v Franny Billingsley has magic in her fingers Or perhaps it would beaccurate to say that she has magic in her mind There are conventional ways to create characters and then there s the Franny B way Her protagonists I ve read three of her books so I know what I m talking about have this certain quality of otherness This, how do I say it, unearthliness to them that make all of them just so fascinating to read Corinna is no different The story is told in the first person and from the very beginning, the reader has to take a breath to adapt to the curious manner in which Corinna thinks You have to sift through her words, through her actions to find the daily normal life explanations Some people will find Corinna difficult to relate to I know I did Some will find her a bit too honest But there s something that everyone albeit unwillingly will agree to Corinna is compelling She is an intriguing character and because she is intriguing, you will read through the book, experiencing in a slightly diluted manner the events that lead to the book s conclusion.I also adore and I don t use the word often so you know I mean it the romance in the book It is mush free and just sneaks up on you with a subtlety and a delicacy that is a testament to Billingsley s skill The book, though slim, offers a lot within its pages The story it tells is, in no way, simple The complexity is disguised by the enigma of Corinna and the reveal at the end will elicit understanding If it wasn t clear before now, I enjoyed this novel And if you like something different, something other than mush and the run of the mill tortured romance, you should read this