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A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a stand-alone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

"Welcome to the Hooflands. We're happy to have you, even if you being here means something's coming."

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....

A stand-alone Wayward Children story containing all-new characters, and a great jumping-on point for new listeners. 

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I really loved this series but this book felt very short. I liked the topic but it seemed to be lacking I guess... The other books were very magical for me so this was disappointing. I don't mean anything negative just that I hope the next book tells more about this character? The story feels unfinished. love this series and I can't wait for the next!

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Another Wayward Child finds her door

Regan is a young girl who has just learned several disturbing things, about herself, and about the untrustworthiness of "friends" who are very, very invested in "normality" and conventionality. She runs away, from school intentionally, and from home accidentally, when she stumbles upon, and then through, a doorway in the woods near her home. The door, of course, should not be there. Neither should the much bigger wood, and wide green fields, that she finds on the other side.

The unicorn she sees is beautiful, but of course impossible, and the centaur pursuing the unicorn even more so.

The centaur's name is Pansy, and she is absolutely thrilled to meet Regan. Humans are considered magical, and heroic, figures who will bring great change. Regan will have to go see the Sunlit Queen--but not right away. Pansy, and the rest of her herd, see no reason to hurry; Regan is a child, just ten years old. None of the centaur adults say so directly, but they all make sure she has the chance to grow up.

In the course of giving her that chance, she becomes part of their herd, their family, and they all encounter new dangers, and adventures they didn't want. It bonds them together even more strongly--but the day comes when Regan realizes she has to face the task that brought her to the Hooflands.

It's a world where magical creatures, or magical in our world, exist everywhere. Unicorns and centaurs, kelpies, fauns, and minotaurs, and others. And at the heart of the Hooflands, there's a secret that Regan has to penetrate.

It has to be said that unlike the parents of some of the other Wayward Children, Regan's parents really were doing their best, not trying to remake her into something she wasn't. Regan's "problem" is mostly her "best friend," and her extreme ideas about what's normal. Yet in the Hooflands, what makes Regan different may also help her, in at least a small way, to face the task ahead of her. The experiences it gave her may help even more.

This is set in the universe of the Wayward Children, but Regan doesn't encounter the Home for Wayward Children.

I found this a really satisfying, enjoyable story.

I bought this audiobook.

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wonderful

I think this is my favorite in the series so far. the author understands fantasy and children perfectly

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owie my feels

this book is terrific I love it
it hit me in the feels and I'm kinda sad now but that ok it's great

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strong moral

was hard to read at first because the main character is so different to who I was as a child.
she struggles with wanting to fit in and being willing to reject friends who have her back for the sake of fitting in... but the overall moral was that she shouldn't ever just do what people tell her to- and she should always think with her heart and her head before acting.

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Great stories

These stories are so great! I love how different they are and yet so similar in characterization. Great questions of acceptance, change, destiny, etc. big questions even adults struggle to consider.

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A great stand alone book!

Across the Green Grass Fields
Wayward Children
By: Seanan McGuire

This was a stand alone book. It has a gal named Rogan that is a little different, slower to get her puberty. She ends up making the mistake of telling her "friend" who freaks out. Rogan leaves school early and runs, she's finds a door that takes her to a world where she is again different but in a good way.

This world has unicorns, venture, gains, kelpies, and more. A human is heralded as something great. She is to go see the Queen. But the Queen wants her dead or alive. Rogan is thought to be someone who will be a hero.

The characters are amazing! The world building is awesome! This book is truly spectacular! Who wouldn't want to live with centaurs and have a herd of unicorns? Great ending too!

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It was ok, where is the rest, how does it tie into the series. didn't care for the narrator

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Seaman wowed me!

Loved this one as much or more than the other wayward children books—can’t wait for what comes next!

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Brilliant yet Begging for More

Seanan Mcguire physically CAN'T write a bad book. As usual the main character was quirky & interesting, the amount of detail was on point, and the storyline was never boring. My only complaint about this series is that each book is so short. Hopefully, this world is revisited because it ends in the ultimate cliffhanger!

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  • 01-13-21

fantastic

this series is one if my favourite things. I'm so glad there is more the worlds are so alive and real

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  • 04-30-21

Excellent, as always

I had read that this wasn't as good as other books in the series, and I suppose that is owing to its disconnection to previously seen characters in said series. However, Seanan McGuire seems to have a keen sense of how to avoid - if you'll excuse my on-the-nose expression - beating a dead horse. Not that the aforementioned characters have yet been overused, and that's my point. This story was a beautifully told tale of the much maligned Weird Horse Girl from school, intertwined with the very real story of growing up fundamentally different to your peers, set against the fantastical backdrop of an imagined world perfect for its main character to grow as themselves and learn the lessons they needed to learn before returning to the "real world".

I loved it, as I have loved all the previous instalments of the Wayward Children series. All new characters is this world are welcome.