The Changeling Sea

The Changeling Sea

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by Patricia A. McKillip
     
 

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"An enchanting fantasy that is tinged with realism and romance."—School Library Journal

Since the day her father's fishing boat returned without him, Peri and her mother have mourned his loss. Her mother sinks into a deep depression and spends her days gazing out at the sea. Unable to control her anger and sadness any longer, Peri uses the small

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"An enchanting fantasy that is tinged with realism and romance."—School Library Journal

Since the day her father's fishing boat returned without him, Peri and her mother have mourned his loss. Her mother sinks into a deep depression and spends her days gazing out at the sea. Unable to control her anger and sadness any longer, Peri uses the small magic she knows to hex the sea. And suddenly into her drab life come the King's sons—changelings with strange ties to the underwater kingdom—a young magician, and, finally, love.

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McKillip is a master storyteller; her tale rings true as if it were being told from memory. (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)"
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sea has taken everything away from Periwinkle; it has drowned her fisherman father and left her mother barely able to cope. So Periwinkle, a chambermaid at the inn of a small fishing village, decides to hex the sea. It works surprisingly well, disrupting the sea queen's magic. A chained sea monster appears from the depths, and the king's melancholy son, Kir, nearly drowns trying to get to the country under the sea. With the help of the magician Lyo, Periwinkle uncovers and reverses the sea queen's curse. Beautifully sustained metaphors and an even tone make this fantasy, like McKillip's The Forgotten Beasts of Eld , a pleasure to read. Further, McKillip's deft characterization and smooth, tender resolution result in a memorable, often poignant novel. Ages 10-up. (September)
Children's Literature
Young and innocent, Peri learns life's lessons through the disappearance of her father, her mother's sulking, and finding a new home in a mystic cottage by the sea. One day in a fit of anger, Peri curses the sea for destroying her life and complete turmoil occurs. The greedy villagers are in an uproar over a sea dragon with a gold chain, and the sea plays rotten tricks on the fishers. From this chaos, it seems that only true love can solve all of their problems. With a touch of romance, Patricia McKillip weaves an enchanting tale that will especially appeal to young ladies, ages ten to thirteen. The author captures a world that lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. She also puts a new twist on the old adage that true love conquers all. 2003 (orig. 1988), Penguin Putnam,
— Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up An enchanting fantasy that is tinged with realism and romance, set in an ordinary, pre-industrial fishing village, with a heroine seen by herself and everyone else as even less than ordinaryan unkempt and uncared for child turning woman in spite of herself. Peri's fifteenth year has been a difficult one. First her fisherman father was lost at sea, then her mother became so haunted by the loss that she stopped caring for and communicating with Peri, and finally even the old woman whom Peri relied on for comfort disappeared. Peri spends her days scrubbing floors at the local inn and trying to hex the sea for causing her losses. When the King and his retinue come to the island, unhappy Prince Kir comes to Peri's lonely beach and begs her help in delivering his message to the sea. Strange things begin happening in the sea, including the appearance of a huge sea dragon held captive by a golden chain, and the villagers ask a magician for help. With Peri's help, he unravels the tangle of events and results that began more than 17 years ago, when the king loved a sea-woman but married a human queen. Peri's coming of age and coming to terms with herself and her surroundings are an important part of the story. Lyo, the magician, is a human sort of magician, wise but skeptical, powerful but also vulnerable. What begins with isolated and occasionally jarring events and appearances gradually enfolds the village and the story in a fog of mystery and magic that clears only when the situation is resolved via Lyo's wisdom and Peri's love. Rewarding and engaging. Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141312620
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/14/2003
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
506,714
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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McKillip is a master storyteller; her tale rings true as if it were being told from memory. (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)"

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The Changeling Sea 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Forensic213 More than 1 year ago
Patricia McKillip has a tendency to write dangerous magic books; while there are wondrous things, there is always a dark edge to them, a feeling that not everything will turn out okay, that there is a side of pain to all the wonder. This is not to say that there are no "happily ever afters" in her books, just that there is always suspense when they come, and always an undercurrent of sadness as well. "The Changling Sea" is no exception to this style, which elevates it from its slim length and young adult label to an excellent book. Boiled down, it sounds like a melodramatic romance book, but is no such thing in execution. The main character, Peri--short for Periwinkle--is both practical and romantic, an angry girl who tries to hex the sea for killing her father and making her mother lose her mind. Her life becomes even more complicated when a magician, a prince, and a strange sea monster enter it. I read this book over ten years ago and recently made the effort to find it again, so I would certainly recommend it.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Periwinkle’s father disappeared in his little row boat out to sea, an event which also caused her mother to lose both heart and mind to the sea. Though only a maid at the local inn, Peri decides to try hexing the sea using what she remembers from the elderly witch who abandoned the cottage she now inhabits. But that night Peri is met by a tragic prince who appears with his own wishes. In casting their hex, the two expose a lonely sea monster chained to the bottom of the ocean by giant golden links. While the villagers are obsessed with getting the gold from the sea monster, Peri and a clever magician named Lyo would rather understand the creature itself. Why does it suddenly transform into a young man each night and walk up to Peri’s door, eager to learn the words for the world outside the water and the images he’s seen within it? Filled with the type of magic and beautiful language only this master fantasy-writer could create, The Changeling Sea is a captivating fog of fantasy. For a themed cupcake recipe, similar book recommendations, and discussion questions, visit: http://hub.me/ak0b0
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like stories of mermaids or selkies, this is definitely the right book for you. This is the first book I have read by Patricia Mckillip and I loved it. It is very beautifully written. Mckillip's characters have very different and unique personalities that can be related to. Everything in the book is detailed, but not so much so that some things can be left to the reader's imagination. I recommend this to anyone who loves good fantasy books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unexpected love story in the middle of a magical, seaside setting. You won't be able to predict the ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the last reviewer, I read this book when I was 15 and loved it, though one of the editorial reviews said it would be more suitable for 10-13 year olds. I would recommend this book for any girl or young woman who enjoys fantasy stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Changeling Sea is a book that never left me wanting in rereading it. The sense of wonder of Peri in her findings at magic and growing up are so entwisted that even when you known what is going to happen, there is still time to be musing upon a image or stoping to gasp upon a clever turn of words, because it´s cease to be Peri´s feeling and became yours, and the reader is back to the teens and all the confusion of first love
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love The Changeling Sea! It's very imaginative and wimsical. Anybody could read this. It's very fairy tale-ish and charming. This should be required reading for all 6th graders. I might be a teenager, but everyone cherishes at least one fairy tale or childhood story no matter what your age.