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Switchers (The Switchers Trilogy, 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 220 pages Series: The Switchers Trilogy, 1 (Book 1) Age Level: 10 - 14
Grade Level: 3 - 17

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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)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D00WAJQ
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
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 By jes on January 19, 2000
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sashimi on March 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Camille on November 30, 2011
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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 By Sophie Hicks on December 19, 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salutations! on January 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By enrique on January 25, 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "asktqa" on February 4, 2001
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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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