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Switchers (The Switchers Trilogy Book 1) by [Thompson, Kate]
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From Publishers Weekly

Tess has a secret that keeps her apart from others: she can change into an animal at will. Disturbed when scruffy Kevin keeps following her after school, Tess wonders what he wants from her, and why an arctic front is sweeping over the globe, causing a blizzard in Dublin in September. Then she learns that Kevin shares her gift, and they set out across Ireland, disguised as rats, and guided by fellow rats to "little old lady" Lizzie. The eccentric woman sends them on a quest north to stop the krools, ravenous monsters responsible for the Earth's ice ages. The pair races against time (Kevin is about to turn 15, when all Switchers have to choose their final form) and U.N. warplanes seeking alien invaders, to halt the global icing. In occasionally poetic language (which may need some explaining to younger readers), Thompson interweaves elements from mythology and science fiction with insights into animal nature to create a coming-of-age fantasy that, like Peter Pan, ends with an open window and, for many readers, a lump in the throat. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8AA terrific read that's sure to keep youngsters turning pages. As a result of a strange weather phenomenon, severe snowstorms are moving south from the Arctic. Two young teens, with the help of a weird old woman, find out that the blizzards are being caused by a group of mysterious ice creatures and set out to stop them. Tess and Kevin have the ability to switch from human form into any animal they choose, real or imaginary. What better way to save the world than as a polar bear, a woolly mammoth, or, better yet, a fire-breathing dragon! Even those who cannot easily suspend disbelief will care about the characters from the very first pageAtremble when they are in trouble, and feel exalted when they triumph in the end. In addition, the premise that children have powers beyond what they can see or are told is a mighty one. This tale will incite imaginations and provide a launching pad for discussion. In the end, Kevin is killed but rises as a phoenix. Tess is so moved that she gives up her family and human form to join him. Yes, it's corny, but it fits the mood and style of the rest of the story. Imaginative, thoughtful fun.AMolly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween; 1st edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D00WAJQ
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At first, I thought this was going to be a lame attempt to imitate the Animorphs series. But when I realized that, owing to the fact that I couldn't put it down, I had finished in less than a day, I decided this has a really good storyline, great characters, and imaginative desriptions. It also has real potential as a series, so keep it up Ms. Thompson.
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I have to give it a three...
I suspect I give it a three because I may not be the demographic the book is geared towards. I suspect it was more of a young adult/ Jr. High type read. So I'm a little leery of reviewing it. I found the actual switcher parts to be brilliantly written. I wanted more of that. The story that it became about halfway through was just a bit over the top....I still enjoyed it but the story, other than the switching, was just not for me. The descriptions of when Tess was a rat, or a bird, or other animal was actually quite brilliant writing. The civilization saving action was just too over the top for me.

Like I say though, if I had read this in 8th or 9th grade, I probably would have given it 4.5 stars.
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I first read this book when I was 11 or 12. I was in middle school. Here I am- 22 years old and I still find my way back to this book after every few years. So much nostalgia and such a GREAT story. You definitely won't be able to put it down. A GREAT read for children and young adults! I rarely give 5-star reviews by the way ;)
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Switchers is nothing like animorphs.So I wish people would stop comparing it to them.There are many shape - shifter books It came out long before animorphs in Ireland. It's a fabulous book and books 2(Midnights Choice) and 3(Wild blood) are just as good.It took me one day to read it.I thought the rats and Lizzie were very funny and that the climax was brilliant.
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I read the book "Switchers" by Kate Thompson for an honest review. I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but the rating system didn't allow for that. By Mousehead standards this book received 4 $ $ $ $ and $0.50 ( 4 1/2 ).
Just for the cover alone this book earned points. It caught my eye immediately. It's defiantly a head turner IMO. The book itself is another matter. It was put in the genre YA/ fantasy/sci-fi. I'm a fan of all those categories so I jumped at the chance to read it.
It is defiantly meant for the younger side of the young adult category, 12/14 yr. olds max. In my estimation . That didn't stop me from getting wrapped up in the story anyways. It has some great character's & was very different from most supernatural shape-shifter themed books. One of the major differences was the types of animals the main characters in the story changed into. From rats,deer,goats,polar bears, dragons, dolphins, whales and more! With each switch you were also given insight into each creatures way of communication , travel, fears, and instincts. It was educational as well as entertaining . This can be a rarity in literature lately.
There was no swearing, love triangles, steamy sex scenes. Just friendship. This was a change of pace from the current popularity of love between humans & "other" that is strictly against the rules.
This was the first of a trilogy and ended with a little teaser into the next book. It snagged me. I'll be reading book 2 after I get through a heaping stack of tbr books I've made commitments to.
In all this talking about the beautiful cover and age appropriate readers I haven't given you much of a review. Here's the synopsis ...

Tess a 13 yr. old has the ability to "Switch" into whatever type of animal , alive, fabled, or extinct.
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The idea behind the book is oddly disturbing....that all children can change into other creatures and that missing kids might just have decided to stay in the form of another creature...or have been another creature at 15 and been trapped in that from. Other then that the adventures of the characters were light hearted fun.
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It was a good idea. I adore these sort of animal-human transition stories and I naturally picked the book up. At first, I was rather captivated with the good plot. But as I gradually read on, I started getting tired. Her execution was poor. She doesn't resort to much description and although, this may be good in many ways, it didn't suit this type of book. She is brief, touches merely the surface and cannot bring the reader into the story. It would have been much better if the relationship between tess and kevin had been better explored and more elaboration given to the 'switching' process itself.

Quite mediocre: 3 stars
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Switchers and its two sequels (Midnight's Choice and Wild Blood) add to the canon of true literary children's classics. Kate Thompson combines touching psychological insight into Tess's troubled, lonely heart and vivid imaginings about the minds of animals with a thrilling plot about world weather catastrophe and a great friendship between Tess and the mysterious Kevin; there's also plenty of humour (the rats are fab). The moments when Tess first "switches" and Kevin makes his Big Choice at the end made me gasp - as you can see, I loved this book! However, Switchers suffers slightly by being first: there's too much narration about what Tess is thinking and not enough description, dialogue and action sequences. But don't be put off by this one complaint about technique; the writing just gets better and better through the series. This is a fabulous adventure story about being brave enough to care about the world, to reach out and make friends, to change who you are.
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