The Folk Keeper
by Franny Billingsley
I must have read this book back when it came out (1999), because it seems like forever since I read it. And yet, this was one of those stories that stayed with me, for one reason or another.
The book is about a young girl named Corinna, who disguises herself as a boy so she can be a Folk Keeper. The Folk Keepers basically ensure that the Folk -- strange creatures that act much like rather fierce gremlins -- stay out of trouble and don't bother humans. Corinna is hired as a Folk Keeper for a large manor. It is there that she finds adventure, romance, and the truth about her own strange heritage.
I really liked the way this one was written. The prose was lovely. And the story -- with its otherworldly creatures and mythologies -- will be right up the alley of readers who are enjoying current fairy-themed books such as Wicked Lovely and Wondrous Strange.