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The Changeling [Kindle Edition]

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Book Description

Ivy and Martha are not ordinary friends, Ivy is changeling with supernatural powers—or is she?

Martha is incredibly unpopular. She’s overweight, buck-toothed, and shy. Ivy is an outcast. Her family lives on the outskirts of town amid a field of derelict orchards. But starting in second grade, the girls form a bond that allows them to take control of their own lives.
It all begins when Ivy tells Martha that she is no ordinary girl: She claims she’s a changeling, switched with the real Ivy at birth. With the strength of Ivy’s friendship, Martha becomes more confident and sure of herself. And through their bond, Ivy gains the normalcy she needs, away from life with her tumultuous family. When the two girls play, they enter an elaborate fantasy world all their own. But when the real world threatens to split them apart, their friendship becomes more important than ever.
This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Editorial Reviews


“When…[Snyder’s] characters plunge intensely into make-believe, there are few girls who will not plummet after.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sometimes a book turns up with what might be called instant appeal: you really want to know the next move, to go where the characters take you. The Changling seemed to me, as I read it, a book of that kind.” —Naomi Lewis

About the Author

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (b. 1927) is a three-time Newbery Honor–winning author of adventure and fantasy novels for children. Her smart, honest, and accessible narrative style has made her books beloved by generations. When not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling. Snyder lives in Mill Valley, California.     

Product Details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A72713A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should Read this Book November 20, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A previous reviewer noted this book was for little (and Big) girls everywhere. But this is truly a story for everyone. Like many other reviewers, I first read this story when I was 10. I loved Ivy's free spirit, and empathized with Martha, shy and worried about others, but allowing herself to be pulled into Ivy's world. And I was devastated when, in Junior High School, Ivy was apparently overcome by the cruel assesments of those around her.
Part of Zilpha K. Snyder's magic as a writer is her ability to create young characters who face real tragedies and traumas and yet somehow overcome what seem to be the insurmountable odds of suviving adolescence. Facing my own crises as I approached Junior High, I found her books at once inspiring and reassuring.
Reading them again now, almost 30 years later, I am shocked at what I didn't see before, and what my favorite nine year old girl sees that I don't. I can't read the first or final two chapters of this book now without crying for Ivy, even as I know that in the end she is able to pursue her dream. She became a messiah-like figure for Martha, saving her from the expectations of Martha's own family, and giving her the confidence to discover herself and live life to the fullest. But she suffered greatly and was even briefly rejected by Martha when Ivy herself was hurting the most. And still she triumphs and forgives. Would that we all had such friends.
This book should definitely become a yearling edition. It is one of the best works of childrens literature ever penned.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give the guys a chance too! May 19, 2005
Am I the only male that read books like this and loved them as a teenager??? I can vividly remember reading this and carrying it around for an entire school year re-reading it. I think reviewers are doing the young men of this world an injustice not suggesting that they read books like this as well!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Resonates July 16, 2004
I first read this book almost thirty years ago, and it still touches me just as deeply. This is the story of how the shy and chubby Martha, who feels that she cannot measure up to her superstar family, meets Ivy, the free-spirited, imaginative daughter of the town's most notorious family. Martha becomes Ivy's home and family, and Ivy brings Martha out of her shell and helps her to see her full potential. A story that is truly timeless and everyone can relate to - whether the reader is currently experiencing the painful awkwardness of childhood or simply remembering it. Everyone can remember how it feels to not fit in anywhere, and innocently do things that you are ridiculed and teased for. I think everyone knew a rich bitch in school, someone who was sweet as sugar to adults, but a little two-faced sneak to other kids. Too bad everyone couldn't have Martha's wonderful experience of having a friend like Ivy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, for girls and women of all ages July 17, 2004
By debeehr
I can't remember when I first read this book, but it was one of the few non-fantasy books I really loved as a girl. Martha and Ivy are drawn with a great deal of feeling, each outcasts in their own way (I identified with shy Martha, and years later was lucky enough to have an unconventional friend somewhat like Ivy). With strong messages about being oneself and not giving in to peer pressure, I feel this book can help give young girls the courage to be different at a very difficult age. I can't believe that it's out of print. Thank god I saved my copy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Mrs. Smith would say, a BEAUTIFUL book... November 23, 2004
Unlike most of the other people who wrote these reviews, I didn't have the luxury of reading The Changeling back in the 70's. (If only...) I read this book first in 4th grade, and I'm now in high school. I came across it in a used bookstore, and about a year later, I decided to read it, since it was sitting, unread, on my book shelf. I loved Ivy, and I wished that I could have been like her, and believed in all that magic. I especially loved the book for all the ceremonies, and it encouraged me to "not grow up too fast" for several years. It was always a great thing to think that Martha and Ivy were still playing pretend in middle school, and so maybe it was okay that I still did in the first year. Another thing that I realize about it though, is that even though it treasures childhood, it does not portray growing up as a terrible thing either. Martha goes to high school, and survives without Ivy. She is happy and has friends, even though she has grown up and become more "normal". I have read it every year since 4th grade, and every year I write my name in the book (an idea which seemed cool in 5th grade). I read a few other books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and the ones I like most were not her most famous ones. I also reccommend the green-sky trilogy, which (I emailed her to ask this, and she replied!!) was indeed based on Martha and Ivy's pretend play in the treetops at Bent Oaks grove. I highly reccommend the Changeling, it can be appreciated by all ages...especially people who are close to children.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite book, after 29 years December 12, 2002
By KvH
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
I first read The Changeling when I was 12, and its impact on my life has been so pervasive that I barely know how to begin to talk about it. It's still my favorite book, all these years later; I re-read it about once a year, and every time I notice new things about the characters and their dynamic and the magical ways they transform each other's lives. Martha is the "ordinary" one, quietly suffocating in a relentlessly narcissistic family until her friendship with Ivy transforms her and gives her the strength to become her own individual. Ivy is the "out of this world" one, determined to transcend her family's darkness and chaos; she's the spokesperson for the possibility of magic and beauty in the world, even as the ugliness of her family situation threatens to pull her down. Any capsule description can only fail to do justice to the mystery and beauty of this book, though; the story just glows with magic and wonder, in the many memorable moments and adventures the girls have, and the way they grow and change through their friendship and manage to become strong, creative people who transcend their screwed-up families. And the way that Ms. Snyder explores these themes in such a powerful and magical way that one comes away buoyed with hope and feeling transformed. It's not at all a typical exploration of childhood or adolescent angst; rather it shows the girls' journey toward adulthood and individuality as a mysterious and captivating journey, suffused with wonder.

I love reading these reviews and seeing how others have related to the characters, and how the story is complex enough that people's experiences of it change over the years. When I was a kid, I utterly identified with Ivy. Some time in my twenties I was surprised to realize how much I'm like Martha.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quite beautifully, why the events of our younger years affect ...
Snyder shows, quite beautifully, why the events of our younger years affect us for our whole lives. A great read for any young reader and all those who love children's literature... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Raymond Tuttle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wonderful novel for kids and adults.
This was my favorite book as a 5th grader. I tried it again as an adult, and it was just as magical and enchanting. What a wonderful novel.
Published 7 months ago by Brenna K. Clougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved this book as a child. It has lost none of its charm rereading it as an adult and would highly recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by E. Tobin
1.0 out of 5 stars An okay coming of age story
You would think that with a name like The Changeling that there would be something magical about this book, give me some fairies or demons, hell I'll take a doppelgänger any... Read more
Published 7 months ago by YA Book Madness Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful!
Ohmygoodness, this is an absolute precious story. It delights your heart, and tickles your soul. I can't believe I hadn't read before now. Read it! It's wonderful!
Published 7 months ago by Heyurs
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
This book is filled with magic and joy. Despite some difficult family conditions, two girls manage to experience wonderful whimsy while forming a special friendship that grows... Read more
Published 8 months ago by bak4
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books as a kid
One of my favorite books as a kid. I got the kindle version as a nostalgia read, and found it holds up under adult eyes.
Published 8 months ago by Eric Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging
The book moves quickly. The relationship of these two unlikely friends tells a good story about the struggles of many a young girl seeking to find themselves.
Published 13 months ago by Meg Luther
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I liked this book, and the fact that it was just an enjoyable read. I didn't have to think too much while reading it and could just enjoy the characters and the book.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer army wife
3.0 out of 5 stars charming
I started reading this as I thought I had the Kate Horsley Changeling on my Kindle...hmmm? Anyway, its a light read about two young girls freindship and growing growing pains. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. Doran
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