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Changeling (Firebird Fantasy) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 17, 2008
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In this novel, Neff is a changeling. She was Kid-napped as a child from New York Outside by agents of the Bureau of Changeling Affairs. In her place, these agents left a fairy creature that looked like her, but who had a very different personality. Don't tell anyone, but their name is Jennifer Goldhirsch.
Now Neff lives in Central Park Central with Astris, a giant white rat who is her fairy godmother. Neff is the only mortal changeling within Central Park and has the protection of the Green Lady, Genius of the park. If you are not aware of the term, a Genius is the spirit of a famous place and is very powerful.
When the time comes for spring cleaning, Neff has to tidy her room. Yet Astris doesn't have the time to fetch the Blockhouse brownie. So Neff convinces Astris to let her go instead. She is finally big enough to have her own solo adventure.
Neff knows that it is foolish (and dangerous) to go off the marked path in the North Woods. Yet she turns off the path to follow a previously unnoticed trail. The trail gets steadily worst and finally vanishes at a swampy green pool.
A voice seems to come from the pool and sounds like sharp teeth and hunger. It questions whether she is tender and delicious. Neff immediately responds with the proper words, claiming the protection of the Green Lady. Sounding very hungry, a second voice complains about this protection.
The first voice belongs to Peg Powler, a bogeywoman.Read more ›
Neef is a mortal changeling, raised in New York Between with a talking rat fairy godmother and a pooka fairy godfather. Neef gives them the slip and attends a Solstice fairy dance, so the Green Lady of Central Park withdraws her protection. Neef must go on a quest to get three magical items from three other Genuii of New York Between. Neef is helped on her quest by her counterpoint, the one the fairies left when they took her. She calls her Changeling, but their name is Jennifer Goldhirsch and she has Asperger's. She doesn't like to be touched, tends to freak out, is a very literal thinker. I hope Delia Sherman writes another of these; it would be real treat to see Neef in Jennifer's world. I have read all of Delia Sherman's books -- this is a real keeper!
As one who has read a lot about autism, Asperger's and changeling stories, is a special education teacher and parent of an autistic child I *appreciated* Sherman's frank discussion of Jennifer's difficulties. Autism and Asperger's were only named in the 1940's, but parents and others have been trying to come up with reasons for it for thousands of years. The changeling story was one of the explanations; a perfect looking baby, who around the age of 3 is no longer able to hold gaze, is slow to walk and or talk, or has speech and seems to loose it.
We've all read plenty of stories from the point of view of Changelings in the past. Sometimes, as I'm sure you all know, a human baby will be exchanged for its fairy Changeling double. The Changeling will grow up as a human, never quite knowing why it's different from its fellows. Well Neef isn't a Changeling, but a child stolen by the fairies at quite a young age. Since then she has grown up in Central Park as the official Central Park Changeling. Her world exists apart from the world we live in, where all sorts of supernatural beings interact. As a human, Neef is naturally curious and when her curiosity upsets the Green Lady of Central Park (the ruling Genius) she comes in direct contact with the Changeling that once replaced her.Read more ›
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stacy Renee
It has literally all magical creatures in it I'd have to say it was very interesting. If you like to read about adventures this is the book for you.Published 18 months ago by Waverly
We bought this book for our 8 year old son who enjoys this genre. Each night we read one chapter together before bed and each night he begged for just a little more. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Kathleen D Graham
This is a great book and a must read. Books are always better than the movie, at least that's my opinionPublished on January 30, 2013 by vlmcgin
Neef is (as the book's title would imply) a changeling - that is, a human stolen as an infant by the fairies to be replaced with one of their own. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by R. M. Fisher
this is a really novel and entertaining retelling of old stories and of making up of new stories. you don't get hit over the head with the "moral of the story" either. Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by skyscape
Our elfin brother Anadae recommended this book to us...
dear lovers of faerie fantasy,
... and we were not disappointed. Read more
This is a very fun, mostly engaging book. At the same time I say that, though, it leaves something to be desired by this reader. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Brianna Kempe
CHANGELING is really middle grade rather than YA, but because of the humor and the references to New York that might be over 12-year-olds' heads, older kids might like it, too. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Karen W. Newton