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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

That moment when you realize

Below the Root: 1 (The Green Sky Trilogy) - Zilpha Keatley Snyder

that you've finally found a book that you read so long ago you weren't even sure that it existed.


Let me explain.


I have been on the trail of a book I read in grade school for the last thirty (or more) years. All I could remember was that it was about a race of creatures/people who lived in trees. There was another race of creatures/people who lived on the forest floor. It was wonderful and magical and amazing.


I had googled wildly, trying to figure out if this was even a real thing, or if it was a story that I had told myself that had somehow taken on a life of its own in my brain. I had never had any success at all in locating any books that even remotely fit the description despite searching for literally decades.


Until today. Because today I found Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Below the Root (Green Sky Trilogy #1) on amazon. I stumbled on it when I was checking out The Ghosts of Stone Hollow, which is on sale. I follow Open Road on twitter, and they had tweeted about YA Halloween sale, and that was one of the books. When I got to amazon, I looked in the also boughts, and there it was. Originally published in 1975, it is just the right age for my recollection - in 1975, I was 9 years old. It must have been brand new when I read it.


Seriously, this is the culmination of a quest that has lasted for decades. Now I just need to read it, and see if it is as magical and wonderful as my memory of it is.