Narrator: Annamarie Carlson
Series: Wayward Children #6
Published by MacMillan Audio on January 12, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 4 hours, 3 minutes
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Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.
When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines - a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.
But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem. . .
Across The Green Grass Field is the sixth book in the Wayward Children Series. Unlike the other books of this series, this one is completely a stand alone and can be read without reading the rest of the series. The Wayward Children series is prefaced on the idea that some of the children who don’t really fit in this world are sometimes given the opportunity to go through a door to another world that might fit them better. There are thousands of worlds and each one is different and strange. Regan finds a world filled to Centaurs, unicorns, kelpies and other various magical creatures.
Like most of kids in this series, you have to have something about you that makes you different and not fit into this world to go to another. Some of the characters have been either gay or asexual. Regan is intersex; she was born a girl but her chromosomes are XX. When she isn’t developing like the other girls in her class, her parents explain this to her. She comes from a loving family who think she is perfect the way she is. Still it is a hard thing to process at ten and after Regan confides in her best friend looking for support she finds that the girl she trusted for comfort is cruel. In a state of sadness and desperation, Regan goes through a door and into an adventure.
Regan is taken in by a herd of Centaurs because when a human comes to their world it means that there will be a great time of change. At ten, she isn’t really ready for the challenge that will face her. We get to follow Regan as she grows to love this world and the creatures in it. After five years, it is time to meet the Queen and discover what it is she is meant to do to save this land that has become home to her.
The magic of the story is in the journey of Regan to be comfortable in her own skin in a place where she doesn’t look like anyone else. Regan comes to really accept who she is and because of that she can accept the different creatures that live in this world is able to ultimate fulfil her role.
I have enjoyed the different characters and worlds this series has presented us with. This story is more about Regan and her journey. There isn’t a lot of action happening like some of the other stories in this series and Regan doesn’t spend any time at the school for Wayward Children so I was disappointed not to see some of my favorites from the series. I think if I was a little younger I also would have enjoyed this world a lot more as well.
Annamarie Carlson is relatively new to narrations. I haven’t heard a book by her her before and while she did a decent job with it there are some things that I think just come with practice to make the flow of words really work, especially for a story like this one. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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