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Me, My Elf & I Paperback – June 11, 2009
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Zephyr is an elf with the magical ability of casting spells and can potentially live hundreds of years. In addition, like all her fellow elves, Zephyr is a tall, gorgeous, green-eyed blonde who is fit and lean from a vigorous, outdoor lifestyle and a healthy, natural diet. She also shares to a great degree the elvish trait of empathetic kindness.
Zephyr's family plans to be away from Alverland, their secret. elvish home, for only a year while Zephyr's dad is making major strides in his musical career. But the adult elves in their close-knit community--especially Zephyr's grandmother--are very worried about what will happen to the Addler family in an "erdler" (human) city. Zephyr doesn't care about any of that. She's got big plans, and she can't wait to get started on them. She wants to act, sing and, most of all, have a date with a cute erdler boy!
This book is well written, and the story is a comic treat. I enjoyed very much learning about Zephyr's life as an elf. She is immensely likeable, as are her eccentric, lovable family. Zephyr's struggles to fit into the human world are at times funny and at others poignant. I also found it very clever the way the author uses Zephyr's virtues of kindness and innocent naïveté to get Zephyr--and her friends and family--into whacky messes.
Teen girls will gobble up this story! And parents will approve very much of the elvish lifestyle. They don't drink, smoke or engage in uncommitted sex, so the book is G-Rated and could safely be read by girls as young as 11.
Zephyr narrates with a voice full of enthusiasm, allowing us to experience a Mean Girls-like high school world through her wide-eyed wonder. I laughed a lot when she and her siblings got into a big spell-casting fight, zapping each other with farting spells and the like.
Most YA is dark (vampires, dystopian), so it was refreshing to find something so whimsical.
As far as the story goes, Zephyr is the most lovable character ever. She makes you love her without envy, which is hard to find in books for young girls. The "I wish I could be the queen bee" age for girls is a delicate time, so someone like Zephyr-- innocent, honest, and accidentally hilarious-- is the perfect kind of girl for kids like my nieces to admire and emulate. The other characters are spot-on, Ari, Mercedes, Bella, and Zephyr's family. These characters possess a genuine feel that actually teaches more about individuality, acceptance of others, and the imperative skill of learning to read people for who they are.
As an old woman myself (ha ha ha) and not a teen or tween.... I loved Heather Swain's style and the ease with which she made me look at human behavior through the eyes of a very Utopian, innocent version of what a human should be, this beautiful creature Zephyr.Read more ›