If you read A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin you will never think about the Cinderella story the same way again. The novel could be defined as a fantasy or alternate history. An unspecified war is going on in an undefined country, so a nine year old boy is sent to spend the summer with his grandmother at a small seaside town. At the beginning of the summer an enemy plane is shot down, falling into the ocean. The boy, who is nameless all through the book, is taken by his grandmother into the “Grove of Monsters”, a supposedly haunted wood behind her cottage. The mysterious Mr. Girandole summoned them to help him with something unusual that had happened in the wood. Girandole is the only character who is given a full name. He proves to be a character with unusual talents. The young boy is driven to solve the mystery of the Grove of Monsters. This is a fantasy filled with very real family members with charming relationships. The villains and the nosy neighbors are also very real characters. If you don’t usually read fantasy novels, this might be one to try.