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Switchers (The Switchers Trilogy, 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Thompson
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Book Description

Tess has a secret power—and it just might save the world from disaster

Thirteen-year-old Tess is a Switcher, able to change into any animal at will. No one knows her secret, or so she thinks. But one day a strange, scruffy boy follows her home from her Dublin bus stop. The boy’s name is Kevin, and he’s a Switcher too. Kevin convinces Tess that their powers are needed for something important: stopping the snowstorms that are rapidly advancing from the Arctic. Tess and Kevin will have to stretch their abilities to the very limit in order to save the world from frozen destruction.

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From Publishers Weekly

Tess has a secret that keeps her apart from others: she can change into an animal at will. Disturbed when scruffy Kevin keeps following her after school, Tess wonders what he wants from her, and why an arctic front is sweeping over the globe, causing a blizzard in Dublin in September. Then she learns that Kevin shares her gift, and they set out across Ireland, disguised as rats, and guided by fellow rats to "little old lady" Lizzie. The eccentric woman sends them on a quest north to stop the krools, ravenous monsters responsible for the Earth's ice ages. The pair races against time (Kevin is about to turn 15, when all Switchers have to choose their final form) and U.N. warplanes seeking alien invaders, to halt the global icing. In occasionally poetic language (which may need some explaining to younger readers), Thompson interweaves elements from mythology and science fiction with insights into animal nature to create a coming-of-age fantasy that, like Peter Pan, ends with an open window and, for many readers, a lump in the throat. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8AA terrific read that's sure to keep youngsters turning pages. As a result of a strange weather phenomenon, severe snowstorms are moving south from the Arctic. Two young teens, with the help of a weird old woman, find out that the blizzards are being caused by a group of mysterious ice creatures and set out to stop them. Tess and Kevin have the ability to switch from human form into any animal they choose, real or imaginary. What better way to save the world than as a polar bear, a woolly mammoth, or, better yet, a fire-breathing dragon! Even those who cannot easily suspend disbelief will care about the characters from the very first pageAtremble when they are in trouble, and feel exalted when they triumph in the end. In addition, the premise that children have powers beyond what they can see or are told is a mighty one. This tale will incite imaginations and provide a launching pad for discussion. In the end, Kevin is killed but rises as a phoenix. Tess is so moved that she gives up her family and human form to join him. Yes, it's corny, but it fits the mood and style of the rest of the story. Imaginative, thoughtful fun.AMolly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween; 1st edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D00WAJQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a lame Animorphs imitation November 4, 1999
By A Customer
At first, I thought this was going to be a lame attempt to imitate the Animorphs series. But when I realized that, owing to the fact that I couldn't put it down, I had finished in less than a day, I decided this has a really good storyline, great characters, and imaginative desriptions. It also has real potential as a series, so keep it up Ms. Thompson.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down January 19, 2000
By jes
Switchers is nothing like animorphs.So I wish people would stop comparing it to them.There are many shape - shifter books It came out long before animorphs in Ireland. It's a fabulous book and books 2(Midnights Choice) and 3(Wild blood) are just as good.It took me one day to read it.I thought the rats and Lizzie were very funny and that the climax was brilliant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad execution March 31, 2005
By Sashimi
It was a good idea. I adore these sort of animal-human transition stories and I naturally picked the book up. At first, I was rather captivated with the good plot. But as I gradually read on, I started getting tired. Her execution was poor. She doesn't resort to much description and although, this may be good in many ways, it didn't suit this type of book. She is brief, touches merely the surface and cannot bring the reader into the story. It would have been much better if the relationship between tess and kevin had been better explored and more elaboration given to the 'switching' process itself.

Quite mediocre: 3 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adult Now And Still LOVING This Book! November 30, 2011
By Camille
I first read this book when I was 11 or 12. I was in middle school. Here I am- 22 years old and I still find my way back to this book after every few years. So much nostalgia and such a GREAT story. You definitely won't be able to put it down. A GREAT read for children and young adults! I rarely give 5-star reviews by the way ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Children's Classic December 19, 2000
Switchers and its two sequels (Midnight's Choice and Wild Blood) add to the canon of true literary children's classics. Kate Thompson combines touching psychological insight into Tess's troubled, lonely heart and vivid imaginings about the minds of animals with a thrilling plot about world weather catastrophe and a great friendship between Tess and the mysterious Kevin; there's also plenty of humour (the rats are fab). The moments when Tess first "switches" and Kevin makes his Big Choice at the end made me gasp - as you can see, I loved this book! However, Switchers suffers slightly by being first: there's too much narration about what Tess is thinking and not enough description, dialogue and action sequences. But don't be put off by this one complaint about technique; the writing just gets better and better through the series. This is a fabulous adventure story about being brave enough to care about the world, to reach out and make friends, to change who you are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading January 15, 2011
This is the 7th Kate Thompson book I've read. From the publication date, it looks like this is one of her first writings. I would like her to revisit this book and lengthen out the last 40 pages to about 100. The last part of the book goes by too quickly.
I have read the second book in the series, Midnight's Choice, which is a VERY VERY good read.
Read this book and then get the second in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my opinion... January 25, 2002
By enrique
Have you ever kept a secret a long time? What are would you feel by mutating into any sort of animal? This might seem strange to you but not to Tess, if you really get into the story you will find understand her lonely life. Tess has never had a close friend because she wouldn't dare to suffer the humiliation, of someone knowing what she really was. Tess was the only child in the family, she was a good student but that didn't make her feel normal. Tess had a hard time accepting she was different, she was a switcher. Because she could mutate into any animal she was called a switcher. She thought that she was the only one there was in the whole world. She had the feeling that if someone else knew this she would be called a phenomenon. Something else was bothering her for the last two weeks or so; it was a boy that followed her when she got off the bus. This time the boy intercepted her in the park and began to talk to her; he threaded her and told her that if she wouldn't listen he would tell everyone her secret. This really made her feel bad because all her life she had been very careful before switching, she was sure that no one had seen her. She discovered that the boy was name Kevin.
There was something strange going on the artic zone, three people had disappeared in huge and fears snowstorms that were unusual in this time of the year. There had been some oil drilling in the artic zone, that was the reason that there were many lives been risked. Back on Ireland were Tess lived she felt the need to transform so she went deep into the park and transformed into a squirrel. She met a young chipmunk with which she darted across the park racing and playing joyfully. But this was strange also because supposedly there ware no chipmunks in this part of the world, why could this be?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Switchers February 4, 2001
I bought this book at first because it sounded like Animorphs, which I really like, but its nothing like Animorphs. It's very different but good in its own way. I would have to say this book is the best in the Switchers trilogy. The way Kate Thompson writes bring you into the story. The book doesn't get boring but never seems too rushed, either. The two main characters in this book are Kevin and Tess, two Switchers who have the power to 'switch' into any creature they can imagine. They are just beginning to learn how to use their powers to the full extent. The other two books in the series are Midnight's Choice ( almost as good as this one) and Wild Blood ( nowhere near.) And I know I said they're nothing like Animorphs, but anyone who has read 48-The Return and Midnight's Choice will notice some strange similarities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to give it a three...
I have to give it a three...
I suspect I give it a three because I may not be the demographic the book is geared towards. I suspect it was more of a young adult/ Jr. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Monchichipox
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!
I really enjoyed reading Switchers. It was well-written, with strong characters and a solid plot. I look forward to reading the other books in this trilogy.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly disturbing
The idea behind the book is oddly disturbing....that all children can change into other creatures and that missing kids might just have decided to stay in the form of another... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COVER! The story was not so bad either:)
I read the book "Switchers" by Kate Thompson for an honest review. I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but the rating system didn't allow for that. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rabidfaery / Mousehead & Tales
3.0 out of 5 stars Appealing Story but Missing Something
Switchers is a book about a girl who has the ability to change into the form of any animal - living or imagined. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Sir Furboy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Great Switch...Switchers
Switchers is all about "Switching" from one physical form into another. One starts out with a girl named Tess who has this ability. Read more
Published on March 14, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
Tess is a Switcher- a person who can change into any animal at the blink of an eye. Then she meets Kevin, another Switcher, who teaches her about the mechanics of their gift. Read more
Published on August 13, 2006 by Alexandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Repetitive, and Shallow
This could have been an excellent book. The story was exciting, the idea was great, and the characters could have been fascinating. Read more
Published on February 6, 2006 by MooShoo Pork
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one in the series
Switches is just the type of book that you want to finsh. I have read my copy 5 times now. It easily became one of my favorite books. Read more
Published on November 13, 2005 by Dragons4Real
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Know Who You Are. I Know What You Can Do..."
Tess is a reasonably distant and lonely child, who takes long walks out into the forest and park lands each day, returning home each evening to somewhat bemused parents. Read more
Published on June 15, 2004 by R. M. Fisher
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Kate Thompson (b. 1956) is an award-winning British-Irish author of adult and children's fiction. She is best known for her young adult fantasy novels, which include the Switchers Trilogy: Switchers, Midnight's Choice, and Wild Blood. She has won the Whitbread/Costa Children's Book Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and has been awarded the Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award four times. Thompson lives on the west coast of Ireland.

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