Neef wants desperately to go on an adventure of her own, alike to the ones she hears about in fairy tales, and that’s just what she gets when she’s kidnapped by the fairy.
From being banished by the Green Lady, genius of central park, to a wild ride on the pooka, to serving a riddle to the mermaid queen for her mirror, Neef toughs out obstacles and gains an unlikely companion who seems to be more trouble than she is worth. But Neef is a tough cookie and she gets through it … just not exactly as she planned…
Delia Sherman’s Changeling is a simple and cozy little story chock full of humor and sticky situations. It’s is a fun-filled wild ride of a story from beginning to end. It’s not complex, but it still manages to surprise.
Changeling is a cute book — entertaining to the very end, but not much more than that.
All in all, Changeling is a great little book to curl up with in your favorite chair on any grey day. Or any day at all for that matter.
Changeling — (2006) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in “New York Between,” a parallel Manhattan of elves, fairies, demons, and mythological spirits. Neef has always been protected by her (rat) nursemaid,Astris, until she winds up breaking Fairy Law. Now, unless she can meet the challenge of the Lady of Central Park, she’ll be sacrificed to the bloodthirsty Wild Hunt. But Neef is a native New Yorker, streetwise and sharp, and she’s determined to beat the rap.