Changeling

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A determined heroine, a quest? adventure galore!

Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in ?New York Between,? a Manhattan that exists side by side with our own, home to various creatures of folklore. Neef has always been protected by her fairy godmother-until she breaks a Fairy Law. Now, unless she can meet the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park, she'll be sacrificed! Neef is...

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Overview

A determined heroine, a quest? adventure galore!

Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in ?New York Between,? a Manhattan that exists side by side with our own, home to various creatures of folklore. Neef has always been protected by her fairy godmother-until she breaks a Fairy Law. Now, unless she can meet the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park, she'll be sacrificed! Neef is determined to beat the rap-but time is running out . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Welcome to New York...between, that is. Filled with fairies, goblins, giants, tricksters, and other Folk from all over the world of folklore, this New York is an enchanted version that exists parallel to the real one (or at least the mortal one) and is the one in which Neef lives. In this New York, Neef is an awkward twelve-year-old mortal changeling girl who had been brought as a youngster to the fairy realm to be raised and educated by the Folk. Like most twelve-year-olds, Neef is becoming more curious about the world around her and anxious for some independence. After a frightening yet enlightening accidental meeting with bogeywoman Peg Powler, Neef's curiosity gets the better of her and she decides to exercise some of her wished-for independence. This decision leads her to the forbidden, breaks a sacred rule, and sets in motion the beginnings of a dangerous quest. From here, the story only becomes more intriguing as Neef is united with her changeling twin, relies on her wits (and her twins') to get out of dilemma after dilemma, and eventually completes her seemingly impossible quest with help from the most unlikely and unexpected places. Through Neef's modern-day quest to and through the treasures of the city, the author has created believable parallels, both literal and metaphorical, between the mortal and the enchanted worlds and has created for her readers a fascinating alternate world in which to envision the New York that seems so mysterious yet enchanting to outsiders and insiders alike. Also included and extremely helpful are a map of NYB and "Neef's Guide to Supernatural Beings" in which the Folk mentioned (and there are many) throughout the story are described in greaterdetail.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Sherman's tongue is firmly and delightfully in cheek in this contemporary fantasy that blends children's literature and pop culture in an effervescent witch's brew with a strong scent of edgy attitude. Neef, the mortal changeling first introduced in the author's short story, "CATNYP" (The Faery Reel, Viking, 2004), lives in New York Between, a parallel Manhattan of elves, fairies, demons, vampires, and other spirits. Stolen by fairies who replaced her with one of their own, she is protected by her fairy godmother, Astris, a white rat. With a nod to "Cinderella," Neef sneaks out to the annual Solstice Dance in Central Park, breaking a rule and losing the protection of the Green Lady, the Genius of Central Park. Neef, as hip as any contemporary 12-year-old New Yorker, bargains with the Green Lady. If the changeling successfully accomplishes three tasks, she won't be thrown out of the park or have the dangerous spirits of the Wild Hunt after her. At the annual Eloise Awards for the Most Spoiled Child, Neef runs into her fairy changeling counterpart, who helps with the quest. The novel is delightfully full of allusions to children's books (the Water Rat and Stuart Little live in Central Park), fairy-tale motifs, and contemporary culture (the Green Lady talks as tough as a character on The Sopranos). Readers will love the feisty, irrepressibly optimistic Neef, delight in the sheer cleverness of the story, and never look at New York in the same way again.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Readers will love the feisty, irrepressibly optimistic Neef.—School Library Journal

Plenty of urban hipness and a girl hero who thinks on her feet! —Tamora Pierce

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670059676
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Delia Sherman lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    never read

    ive never read this book but i really want to because my all time favorite author (holly black) read it and i want to write books just like her so im going to read it soon i really want to 111111111

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Loved it!

    The first thing about this book that caught my eye was the name. As a reader before I even picked this book up I knew that changelings referred to babies stolen by fairies. I had read many books about the fairy that was put in the mortal world and they always ended up being related to someone important. Either the king or somebody equally important. What I really like about the book was the fact that the main character was a human raised in fairy world or in this case New York Between. While the cover looked a little odd I was much too interested in the summary to pass it up. I am really glad that I gave the book a chance. It was a fresh look on an old favorite. I loved how Delia Sherman was able to describe and identify the creatures that Neef encountered throughout the book without making me feel like she thought I was a half-wit. My attention was hooked from the first chapter and it was not moved until I finished it. Even though I knew that she had to do something that would get her sacrificed to the Wild Hunt for there to be a book I was still on the edge of my seat biting my nails trying to stop her. I especially loved meeting Neef's copy and how the two of them became friends gradually through the book. Even though Jennifer was the fairy she was not the one to do everything but she did have her own role and did have many important parts. Her reaction to the new world that she had originally come from but now found so different was at turn funny and annoying. Neef's reaction to going outside the park is also interesting. I really wish that Delia Sherman writes a book about Neef visiting the Outside world so that I could see her reaction to non-talking animals. I would also be happy with more from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In conclusion, the book is cute and funny and interesting and thrilling and so many more positive words that when it comes down to it all mean that you should read it yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Best EVER!

    This book is a must-read. The quest to me is really amazing , but... SHH! I almost ruined the story! Anyways, This book is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    big city adventure with all kinds of magic!

    As many people know, I'm not that big on fairies, but this is the kind of fairy tale I love: set in the modern day, with a bold young girl who is trying to survive the fairy realm's elaborate rules. Neef is a Changeling, stolen to be raised by fairies, with a fairy left in her place. Living in Central Park and closely watched by her fairy family, all Neef wants--like any smart kid--is freedom, but in the fairy world, freedom can be deadly. Neef has to use her wits when she breaks the Rules. If she doesn't succeed on a small quest, the Wild Hunt will have her, and she will die. The story is a tense and scary one, the characters wonderful. I love Delia Sherman's adult books, and I am delighted with this one for younger readers. I hope she writes more!

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