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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Swain's depiction of the elf village Alverland, home to 15-year-old Zephyr before her family moves, is an idyllic community of people who live off the earth and are always kind. Thus it's a challenge for the gorgeous elf to make her way in modern-day Brooklyn, navigating traps set by mean girl Bella, not to mention learning how to send text messages. Her misunderstandings are funny at first but the joke gets old, and inconsistencies, such as why Zephyr has heard of the Keebler elves but not YouTube, distract. Bubbly Zephyr is appealingly earnest, but too naïve to be believed (she wants to "kick dandelion fluff or dance on the clover" when she's happy and doggedly believes Bella is kind, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary). Bella manipulates Zephyr into spilling secrets about her friends, resulting in Zephyr's friend Mercedes making public the secret that Zephyr kissed Bella's boyfriend. The route to a predictable happy ending involves a sick grandmother and Bella's realizing what it really means to be an elf-being kind to others and true to herself. Ages 12-up.
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About the Author

Heather Swain lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Heather Swain is the author of the young adult novel HUNGRY. She has published four novels for young adults, two craft books for kids, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles for grown ups. She lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats. You can visit her at heatherswainbooks.com and haswainbooks.tumblr.com, follow her @HeatherASwain, or stop by her Facebook fan page to say hi.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Fifteen-year-old Zephyr Addler has just moved to Brooklyn with her five siblings, her naturopath mother, and her folk-rock-star father from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Switching from being home schooled in a cottage in the woods to attending a sophisticated arts high school in a big city isn't Zephyr's only culture shock. She's living for the first time among humans.

Zephyr is an elf with the magical ability of casting spells and can potentially live hundreds of years. In addition, like all her fellow elves, Zephyr is a tall, gorgeous, green-eyed blonde who is fit and lean from a vigorous, outdoor lifestyle and a healthy, natural diet. She also shares to a great degree the elvish trait of empathetic kindness.

Zephyr's family plans to be away from Alverland, their secret. elvish home, for only a year while Zephyr's dad is making major strides in his musical career. But the adult elves in their close-knit community--especially Zephyr's grandmother--are very worried about what will happen to the Addler family in an "erdler" (human) city. Zephyr doesn't care about any of that. She's got big plans, and she can't wait to get started on them. She wants to act, sing and, most of all, have a date with a cute erdler boy!

This book is well written, and the story is a comic treat. I enjoyed very much learning about Zephyr's life as an elf. She is immensely likeable, as are her eccentric, lovable family. Zephyr's struggles to fit into the human world are at times funny and at others poignant. I also found it very clever the way the author uses Zephyr's virtues of kindness and innocent naïveté to get Zephyr--and her friends and family--into whacky messes.

Teen girls will gobble up this story! And parents will approve very much of the elvish lifestyle. They don't drink, smoke or engage in uncommitted sex, so the book is G-Rated and could safely be read by girls as young as 11.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Fiend on October 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
This incredibly well-written story was immensely entertaining as well as insightful. Swain accurately captures the spirit and personality of such a wide range of characters - from the unfailingly polite language of sheltered, Laura Ingalls-like girls from the remote countryside to the bitingly sarcasting text-messages sent between ultra-hip, tech-saavy New York teens. Her ability to describe the physiological sensations we all experience - like anger, jealousy, having a crush on someone or a long-awaited first kiss - is unparalleled. The many struggles encountered by the protagonist Zephyr will resonate with anyone and the book may even provide some insight to remedy some of your own life's struggles. It did for me. In one scene where Zephyr's wise, old grandmother asks her some difficult questions, it was as if her grandmother were speaking directly to me, confronting me the very questions I needed to ask myself at the time. And, like Zephyr, I was able to find the answers I needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
A woodsy elf clan from Michigan tries to live amongst "erdlers" (humans) in Brooklyn so Zephyr can attend a performing arts high school.

Zephyr narrates with a voice full of enthusiasm, allowing us to experience a Mean Girls-like high school world through her wide-eyed wonder. I laughed a lot when she and her siblings got into a big spell-casting fight, zapping each other with farting spells and the like.

Most YA is dark (vampires, dystopian), so it was refreshing to find something so whimsical.
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By Emily DeVito on March 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was entertaining to read and is the kind of book that when you start reading it, you don't want to stop reading until you've finished it, especially torward the end.
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I first read this book on my own before gifting it to my nieces, who are 12, 13, and 14, just to know what I was giving them. I swear to you, I could not put this book down. First of all, I love a good story, but if a writer is clumsy and describes too much or is choppy, I can't finish no matter how good the plot is. Heather Swain is EXACTLY OPPOSITE of that and is flawless in her flow. She is funny without trying, and keeps the reading colorful with words that surprise you. Her style is effortless, and reading her book feels like you are thinking to yourself instead of putting effort into getting through a book.

As far as the story goes, Zephyr is the most lovable character ever. She makes you love her without envy, which is hard to find in books for young girls. The "I wish I could be the queen bee" age for girls is a delicate time, so someone like Zephyr-- innocent, honest, and accidentally hilarious-- is the perfect kind of girl for kids like my nieces to admire and emulate. The other characters are spot-on, Ari, Mercedes, Bella, and Zephyr's family. These characters possess a genuine feel that actually teaches more about individuality, acceptance of others, and the imperative skill of learning to read people for who they are.

As an old woman myself (ha ha ha) and not a teen or tween.... I loved Heather Swain's style and the ease with which she made me look at human behavior through the eyes of a very Utopian, innocent version of what a human should be, this beautiful creature Zephyr.
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