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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670010898
  • ASIN: B00394DG1Y
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–7—In this sequel to Changeling (Viking, 2006), Neef is sent to Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. She had known there were other mortals in New York Between, a magical New York City filled with the Folk (elves, sprites, nymphs, ogres, and every other kind of otherworldly creature), but she hasn't met many. Suddenly she must go to school—and get along—with 200 of them, from all the rival Neighborhoods—snooty East Siders, hipster Village types, techie geeks from Columbia. If learning hundreds of new rules isn't bad enough, Neef must go on a quest to find the Magic Magnifying Mirror of the Mermaid Queen before its loss leads to inter-Neighborhood warfare that could destroy Central Park. Although the focus is on Neef's new mortal friends and enemies, the Folk of New York play a big part in her adventures. Whether benign or sinister, they are usually tricky and always fascinating; a guide in the back explains who and what they are. Plenty of humor, a brave and likable heroine, and a nice balance between lunchroom chat and wild adventure combine to make this that rare beast—a cheerful urban fantasy. Spiced with just enough background information, it works just fine on its own, but it will create immediate desire to read Changeling as well.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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"Plenty of humor, a brave and likable heroine and a nice balance between lunchroom chat and wild adventure combine to make this that rare beast- a cheerful urban fantasy." --School Library Journal

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (2009) is the second Fantasy novel in the Changeling series, following Changeling. In the previous volume, Neef was exiled from Central Park. So she went on a quest and met her fairy changeling counterpart. She won the mirror of the Mermaid Queen. When she presented it to the Green Lady, Neef was allowed to return home.

In this novel, Neef is a mortal changeling. When a fairy changeling was exchanged for her, Neef was brought to New York Between. Her fairy godmother and godfather have raised her to be a proper subject of the Green Lady, Genius of Central Park.

Astris is a giant rat. She is also Neef's fairy godmother.

The Pooka is a trickster and Neef's godfather. He likes to take people on wild rides and dump them in the lake, but he only protects Neef.

Tiffany is an upperclassperson at Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. She is almost ready to graduate.

Bergdorf is another student at the school. She is the sidekick of Tiffany.

In this story, Astris and the Pooka decide that Neef needs to go to the School for Mortal Changelings. Her godparents tell her about the school the day before she is to attend. Of course, being fairy, they know nothing about the school curriculum (see Rule 3).

Naturally, Neef is very confused. She is also hot, so Neef goes down to the duck pond and takes a swim. When she returns to the castle, the Pooka has strewn her clothes all over the kitchen.

Her godparents are trying to find her proper clothes to wear to school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Johnston VINE VOICE on July 8, 2009
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Sherman returns to her delightful alternate New York City in her second book about Neef, the official changeling of New York Between's Central Park. After surviving her first quest (in _Changeling_), Neef figures that going to school won't be too difficult, but Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings turns out to be tougher than she thought. The snobbish East Side girls look down on Neef and her friends, and there are way too many rules to follow. As if that weren't enough, the magic mirror of the Mermaid Queen of New York Harbor is lost, and Neef has to go on another quest to find it, with a little help from her friends, and maybe from her enemies. I thought this was just as delightful as the first book. I love the playful setting, the wealth of faerie lore and references to other books, and the tough, clever, impulsive Neef.
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By Kathleen D Graham on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We bought this after reading Changeling with our 8 year old son. Sometimes the sequel doesn't live up to the first book, but this clearly did. Delia Sherman wove new characters, problems and settings into Neef's world of New York Between, keeping the action lively. We hope she'll continue to write for young people!
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If you liked Changeling, you'll love Neef in this book!

Now she's becoming the Official Changeling of Central Park, and in this Ambassadorial role, she has to find the Magic Mirror, negotiate with the nasty Genius of the Harbor, and rescue her friends - all while keeping up her grades at Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. This is Neef with a more confident voice, tougher adventures, and new friendships. And if, like me, you're a fan of New York Between - here it is again.

This book should appeal to young fantasy readers of all ages from about 9 or 10 upward - and their parents.
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This wonderful sequel to Changeling is the best kind of YA book out there. With focus on a sharp, fun story, a likable protagonist and nothing overtly scary/cruel/vulgar, author Delia Sherman really writes for any and all ages.

I initially picked up Changeling on a whim at my local library after running across it on Amazon. I have no prejudice against YA books and will read them for enjoyment on occasion. Many are a let-down though, and I feel often that such books "talk down" to their youth audience, or try too hard to "sound" hip and young. Changeling didn't do that. It simply gave you a wonderful, classically inspired and good-old-fashioned fairy tale set in modern New York City.

I'm pleased to say that The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen continues this same setting and characters and builds on the first book. The story continues past the first book's conclusion and gives us new challenges for the main character, Neef, to conquer. We meet some new characters along the way and in traditional "hero's quest" format, Neef not only ultimately succeeds in her goals but learns important lessons about herself and life along the way.

I highly recommend both of these books to young and old alike. They are a good way to introduce kids to myths and literary characters they might not have been as exposed to in the modern media (especially not in their more classic presentations) and a fun way for adults to remember hearing fairy tales with such creatures/characters from their own youth.
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