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The Keeper by Darragh | SLJ Review

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KeeperMartin, Darragh. The Keeper. 280p. glossary. Little Island. Jul. 2015. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9781908195845.

Gr 7 Up–Twelve-year-old Oisin Keane has grown up in the suburbs of Dublin without the slightest clue that he coexists with the ancient magic of the land. He and his youthful looking Granny Keane are the only members of the family with green eyes. Celtic folklore and legends attribute magical powers to those with green eyes, because green is said to be the color of Fairies’ eyes. While in his granny’s spare room, Oisin is chosen by the Book of Magic, one of the only remaining relics from the Dagda’s cauldron. The Dagda was a High King of immense power who is associated with a magical cauldron that held the five gifts of Ireland. The work is the key to finding the five other books of magic. The longer Oisin holds the book, the stronger the bond between them grows, making him the Keeper of the Book of Magic. As a result of this new position, he and his siblings are attacked by Great Queen Morrigan. When she kidnaps his little sister, it’s up to Oisin and his brother to put away their sibling rivalry and save not only their little sister but the balance of the world. The well-crafted story line will hold fantasy readers captive. With each chapter, a new challenge arises, and kids will be happy to join the protagonist every step of the way. VERDICT Fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will enjoy this fast-paced high fantasy adventure that adds a refreshing twist to Celtic myths and legends.–Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA

This review was published in School Library Journal‘s July 2015 issue. 

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