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The Changeling Paperback – June 8, 2004
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though this would appear to be a children's book, it is intriguing from an adult perspective in the fascinating way the author chronicles the emotional growth of the children as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Schultz
I suffered through, but found the characters and story pointless, vapid and childish. I'm not happy I started it. Got free from the library. Glad I didn't pay for it.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book when I was in middle school, and I've looked for it for years. I was so happy to finally locate it through Amazon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ParrotLady
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Raymond Tuttle
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 22 months ago by Brenna K. Clougherty
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 22 months ago by E. Tobin
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 morePublished 22 months ago by YA Book Madness Blog
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 22 months ago by Heyurs
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 morePublished 23 months ago by bak4