Lily hates moving. She hates adjusting to a new home, making new friends. And it’s been especially hard in the last two years since her favorite grandmother, Gigi, has died. And yet, here she is, in another town, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, trying to fit in, trying to make friends.
And then a package arrives for her — addressed to her in her full name, Lilybet, which no one EVER uses, which makes her suspicious from the start. Then, when she opens it, the package blows up, causing a mild concussion. So, admittedly, when she starts seeing little Green men — leprechauns from the Green clan — she wonders if it’s real or if it’s just her head playing tricks on her. But there’s a gold key and a note from her grandmother that makes her think it’s a little bit real. And then, once she gets to the Meadow (kidnapped would be the word for it), and is told that she either passes three tests to become the clan’s keeper of the gold or she’ll lose all memories of her grandmother, she decides that it is very real indeed.
We follow Lily through her three tests, each more difficult than the other, as she learns to accept the reality of the leprechauns and learns to love them as her grandmother did. There are some ups and downs, some easy outs and not-that-great moments, and some nice little touches along Lily’s journey. Overall it’s a fun little take on a bit of folklore.