The Green Man by Michael Bedard

59%

19 Critic Reviews

Though Bedard’s somewhat old-fashioned story has a loosely knit plot, it is propelled by two well-realized viewpoint characters and offers an atmospheric tribute to the power of poetry.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Teenaged O – never call her Ophelia – is about to spend the summer with her aunt Emily. Emily is a poet and the owner of an antiquarian book store, The Green Man. A proud, independent woman, Emily’s been made frail by a heart attack. O will be a help to her. Just how crucial that help will be unfolds as O first tackles Emily’s badly neglected home, then the chaotic shop. But soon she discovers that there are mysteries and long-buried dark forces that she cannot sweep away, though they threaten to awaken once more. At once an exploration of poetry, a story of family relationships, and an intriguing mystery, The Green Man is Michael Bedard at his finest.
 

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Michael Bedard was born and raised in Toronto. His novels include Stained Glass, A Darker Magic, Painted Devil, and Redwork, which received the Governor General's Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year Award for Children. He has also written several acclaimed picture books, including The Clay Ladies, which received the Toronto IODE Book Award. His biography, William Blake: The Gates of Paradise and his picture book Emily attest to his interest in poets and poetry.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Tundra Books. 314 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Green Man
All: 19 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 05 2012

This atmospheric exploration of what it means to be a poet offers memorable corporal and incorporeal characters, a realistic intergenerational relationship and a deeply rooted mystery connecting past and present.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by PW on Apr 02 2012

Though Bedard’s somewhat old-fashioned story has a loosely knit plot, it is propelled by two well-realized viewpoint characters and offers an atmospheric tribute to the power of poetry.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Deirdre Baker on Apr 28 2012

There’s a rare contemplative richness to Bedard’s plot as it wends its way through paranormal threats to ever deepening questions about where poems come from. Dreamy, surprising and full of affection for books and what they contain.

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The Horn Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Bircher on May 05 2012

Whether or not readers are familiar with French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s belief that one must be mad to be a poet, this imaginative explication of the idea makes for an entertaining tale.

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Verve Girl

Below average
Reviewed by VG_Giselle on May 03 2012

This was a sequel to a previous novel, and I felt like I was missing something. Maybe if I picked up the first novel, my questions would be answered.

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CM

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa on Jan 20 2012

It is a subtle and complex tale, filled with magic and mysticism, poets and dreamers, and unbreakable family ties.

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Quill & Quire

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Ellis on Mar 01 2012

In The Green Man, Bedard recaptures this spirit of an intergenerational gathering in which the secrets and tragedies of the past are alternately concealed from and revealed to the present.

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Journey of a Bookseller

Good
Reviewed by Jo Ann Hakola on Apr 14 2012

This author blends real with unreal and does it so smoothly, it's hard to discern which is which. It also makes a very good read.

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Compass Book Ratings

Good
Reviewed by Cindy on May 03 2012

The first part of the book is atmospheric and progresses deliberately, laying groundwork and piquing the reader's interest by never revealing exactly what kind of book it is.

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Book Nerd

Below average
Reviewed by Giselle San Miguel on May 18 2012

Reading the brief but mysterious description, The Green Man promised a bigger premise than what it entailed. I was sadly mistaken.

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Birdbrained Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Anastasia on Jan 13 2012

Sometimes the writing was a bit wobbly, but overall it’s a fun book to read

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Epic (Chocolate) Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Kate on Apr 10 2012

If this book had been longer and more fleshed out, I think it could have been great.

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Into the Mystic

Below average
Reviewed by Tammy Cordeiro on Apr 09 2012

My grade for this book is a C+. I thought it was good…..eventually. It took me a while to get there.

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AmoXcalli

Good
Reviewed by Shannon Muir on Apr 17 2012

Though I think this book may be complicated for some 10 year olds (if their attention span isn’t up to following complex entwined plots), I loved the magical enchantment of the piece as well as the celebration of poetry that it brings to a younger generation.

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So I'm Fifty

Good
Reviewed by Pam Torres on Apr 10 2012

It can't be denied that Bedard is a wonderful story teller.

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Magickware Book Review & Emporium

Below average
Reviewed by Magickware on Feb 06 2012

This book is an enjoyable and easy read. I did find there to be a lack of depth with the supporting character development. There are also several loose ends with secondary plots that leave the reader with unanswered questions at the end of the book.

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Nathalie Foy

Below average
Reviewed by Nathalie Foy on Apr 19 2012

The book is not perfect, but it was the right book at the right time for me. I read it in one sitting, and while I can’t see reading it to the boys at this point, I do think that any book-loving child or adult could find a happy escape into its pages.

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Krazy Book Lady

Good
Reviewed by Kayla on Jan 28 2012

The writing is lovely, and the pace is ideal for the young adult reader. I would even like to go back and read the previous two books in the series.

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Annie Tupek

Good
Reviewed by Annie Tupek on Jan 04 2012

I could not put this book down. The plot moves quickly, and there’s a bit of a love interest but nothing inappropriate for teens and pre-teens.

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