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The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 25, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.