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Changeling by Delia Sherman

Changeling (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Delia Sherman

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In a parallel New York City, Neef, a changeling, breaks Fairy Law and will end up sacrificed to the Wild Hunt unless she can meet the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park.
Authors:Delia Sherman
Info:Viking Juvenile (2006), Hardcover
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Tags:fantasy, YA, new york, contemporary

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Changeling by Delia Sherman (2006)


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Delia Sherman takes readers on a wild romp throuhg the New York that we know and the unseen faerie-New York as we tag along on protagonist Neef's quest to regain her home in CEntral Park. Neef is a changeling, so she has access to much of the faerie world, but there's still a lot for her to learn; By teaming up wih the half-faerie girl who she was swapped for at birth, Neefs gets to make new friends (supernatural and Changeling alike), travel to places outside her normal stomping ground (Wall Street and the New York Harbour), and gets to use heedr skills at questing and faerie lore. Sherman manages to pack a lot of adventure into the pages of this book, and the only thing that I didn't like was Neefs faerie-half. Her behvaior was so out of whack that started to wonder if she has a mental disability rather than writing it all off as "faerie behaviour." ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This one is extremely fun and clever, creating an urban fantasy NYC with a plucky heroine. There is a strange tension between the perceived dangerousness of the faerie world and the safety of the story. I never felt like Neef was really in danger. It's also got an odd take on Asperger syndrome and a few nods to other children's books. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Highly recommended for New York City parents looking for a good book to read aloud to their young children as bedtime stories.

For everyone else... well...
Having read some of Delia Sherman's other books, I wasn't expecting this to be quite so juvenile. It is definitely a kids' book - aimed at 8-10 years old, I'd say, though younger kids would definitely enjoy it as well. However, a lot of the cleverness is probably going to zip right past a lot of kids, who might not have the background to 'get' all the references.

The tone of the book is primarily clever and silly, rather than eerie and magical. I can't deny that I was hoping for the latter, not the former - it wasn't bad, but I didn't really get into it.

Still, I do think that NYC kids will enjoy the adventures of Neef and her Changeling twin, as they quest through a fairy-tale version of New York, visiting the Metropolitan Museum, Chinatown, Wall Street, roaming through Central Park, etc. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |

Fantasy set in New York that is in love with New York and has a quest and a non-neurotypical main character who is treated beautifully and omg I have sparkly hearts in my eyes for this book, the end. ( )
  cricketbats | Mar 30, 2013 |
The first thing about this book that caught my eye was the name. As a reader before I even picked this book up I knew that changelings referred to babies stolen by fairies. I had read many books about the fairy that was put in the mortal world and they always ended up being related to someone important. Either the king or somebody equally important. What I really like about the book was the fact that the main character was a human raised in fairy world or in this case New York Between. While the cover looked a little odd I was much too interested in the summary to pass it up.

I am really glad that I gave the book a chance. It was a fresh look on an old favorite. I loved how Delia Sherman was able to describe and identify the creatures that Neef encountered throughout the book without making me feel like she thought I was a half-wit. My attention was hooked from the first chapter and it was not moved until I finished it. Even though I knew that she had to do something that would get her sacrificed to the Wild Hunt for there to be a book I was still on the edge of my seat biting my nails trying to stop her.

I especially loved meeting Neef's copy and how the two of them became friends gradually through the book. Even though Jennifer was the fairy she was not the one to do everything but she did have her own role and did have many important parts. Her reaction to the new world that she had originally come from but now found so different was at turn funny and annoying. Neef's reaction to going outside the park is also interesting. I really wish that Delia Sherman writes a book about Neef visiting the Outside world so that I could see her reaction to non-talking animals. I would also be happy with more from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

My favorite thing had to be that fact that New York Between had such diverse places. Looking at the difference between Central Park and Wall Street was very interesting. The world building in this story was phenomenal. I could see the entire New York Between in my mind as I read. I liked The Pooka and Astris even though they were not in the story very much and the way every mentioned the other changelings that Astris had raised was interesting even though we never did find out what happened to them.

In conclusion, the book is cute and funny and interesting and thrilling and so many more positive words that when it comes down to it all mean that you should read it yourself. ( )
  WarBetweentheBooks | Sep 22, 2011 |
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