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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494227673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494227678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,358,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finn is a good big brother, doing all he can to take care of little Erin in the absence of a functional parent. Recently transplanted to England from America, he is already scrambling to adapt when a strange encounter with a faery flips his world inside out. As in out-of-body experiences. Thrown into the Otherworld, he learns about many fascinating magical creatures and the unexpected connection between this new place and all the math and physics that so consume his father's attention. Some tough choices lie ahead for him and the faery who makes the swap.

I loved the imaginative depiction of a parallel faery world that wove new elemental species in with more familiar sprites and faery folk. Also, I could relate to the main character, Finn, on so many levels because his biography (prior to the faery bit, of course) paralleled mine in several ways. That made it a fun book for me despite the fact that I'm a good 30+ years over the intended target audience age. The language style was very easy to read without being simplistic or stilted, so even younger readers can jump into the story and follow along. Excellent and engaging piece of children's literature.
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Finn is the protective older brother, but he can no longer protect his little sister when he’s tricked into the Otherworld by a faery Prince. Zaneyr doesn’t mind humans and performs the soulswap with Finn with little remorse because his plans are to save the human species. Zaneyr is in up to his elbows and the human world is much more complicated than he thought, but his father wants to merge the faery world with the human world and Zaneyr will stop at nothing to keep that from happening. Zaneyr is a warrior but with Finn consumed with getting his body back from the faery, things just got a bit more complicated.

This book was fun to read, surprisingly fun to read as an adult since it’s marketed for a middle-grade crowd. It had more intent and attempted violence and evil than I would have thought for a typical middle-grade novel, more like a young adult novel actually.

The genre was also not quite a typical fairy fantasy because there were wizards and spells and wands. This book had everything! There were even creatures that were different. The fantasy world was separate from the human world and action took place in both. There was world building but it wasn’t off-putting because much of the action and the beginning of the novel took place in the close to reality human world.

There was only one true female but only because it’s about someone else, she isn’t a strong female type or a damsel in distress. Her character could almost also be another boy, she isn’t gender stereotyped into a female corner.

This book covered a lot in its longer than you would expect for a middle grade novel pages. There was a glimpse at friendship and family dynamics and loyalty as well as grief and emotional turmoil over loss and perceived loss of loved ones.
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I am a 10 year old boy. My mom recommended this awesome book to me because she knows Kai Strand, who knows Susan Quinn. I was hooked from the first paragraph! This is a wonderful ( and quite thrilling) story! Good for all ages and I wish I could rate it 100 stars! It is a little violent though, so if you don't want to experience a few deaths, than mabye not. Other than than that, I think this is a great book! I can definitely recommended this to almost anyone! Good job to Susan Quinn. The story is balanced neatly between Zaneyr and Finn, by Finn's perspective in the first chapter, Zaneyr's perspective in the the next, then Finn again, and so on. Great book and is a must read.
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In lots of "swap" novels the setup starts with an unhappy protagonist who believes that the grass will be greener on the other side, even if the other side consists of a creepy alternate reality. As to heros and heroines, you can run the gamut from the mildly unhappy, (say, Neil Gaiman's Coraline), to the almost psychotically disenfranchised. In the middle there are scores of heroes caught in the midst of domestic and kitchen sink dramas who just want "out". That's O.K. by me, since something has to propel the heroine to take that first step. I just get fed up when the teen angst and drama is over the top or drags on and on to the point that the book is sort of an after-school special that's just set in some half-hearted fairyland.

All of this is the long way of getting around to appreciating this book because it avoids those dreary cliches. Our hero, Finn, has issues and doesn't really like his school, life, or family situation, but he's put on his big boy pants and is soldiering on. He gets tricked into Faerieland, (Otherworld), by a Faery prince, Zaneyr, who needs to come here and needs our hero's body while he's here. So, we have a Faery up to no good here and a boy trapped in Faerieland who has just realized that being here isn't so bad. That's a nice twist on the usual conventions, and it caught my interest.

Finn has a serious challenge ahead because no human transported to the Otherworld has ever made it back. Our Faery prince has complicated issues of his own and difficult choices to make. On top of this basic plot we get to watch Finn figure out the Otherworld and we are amused as Zaneyr tries to get the hang of impersonating a modern fourteen year old boy.
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