The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen

The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen

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by Delia Sherman
     
 

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Neef, the official Changeling of Central Park, has survived a life-threatening quest, but that’s nothing compared to her first experiences at Changeling school. At Miss Van Loon’s, she meets her counterparts from all over Manhattan, learns the basics of diplomacy, and, of course, gets in trouble. This time Neef must recover the Magic Mirror, or else New… See more details below

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Neef, the official Changeling of Central Park, has survived a life-threatening quest, but that’s nothing compared to her first experiences at Changeling school. At Miss Van Loon’s, she meets her counterparts from all over Manhattan, learns the basics of diplomacy, and, of course, gets in trouble. This time Neef must recover the Magic Mirror, or else New York Harbor’s Mermaid Queen will turn all of the city’s fresh water to salt—and everything will die.

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Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Neef is a mortal changeling in New York Between, the parallel existence of Manhattan populated by faerie. In Changeling, she completed a quest to win the magic mirror of the Mermaid Queen—Genius of New York Harbor—for the ruler of her own Central Park neighborhood, the Green Lady. Now, she faces an even bigger challenge: school. Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings has a book of one thousand rules students are expected to follow, even when being antagonized by queen bee Tiffany and her cohort, Bergdorf. Neef does her best to fit in at Miss Van Loon's, but her responsibilities to the Green Lady and a possibly unwise dare with Tiffany to conjure Bloody Mary keep getting in the way. When the Mermaid Queen's mirror and Tiffany both go missing, Neef knows she must embark on another quest to find them. Will her new lessons and friends help her cause? Or will she just end up breaking all the rules? Sherman's heroine is sprightly, endearing, and quick on her feet. Readers also will delight in the vivid descriptions that bring to life the cold, murky court of the Mermaid Queen and the wild, moonlit dances on Central Park Central. Other elements of New York Between are less traditional—such as the introduction of urban legend Bloody Mary—but young audiences may find these inclusions make the sometimes-complicated world of Faerie more accessible. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—In this sequel to Changeling (Viking, 2006), Neef is sent to Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. She had known there were other mortals in New York Between, a magical New York City filled with the Folk (elves, sprites, nymphs, ogres, and every other kind of otherworldly creature), but she hasn't met many. Suddenly she must go to school—and get along—with 200 of them, from all the rival Neighborhoods—snooty East Siders, hipster Village types, techie geeks from Columbia. If learning hundreds of new rules isn't bad enough, Neef must go on a quest to find the Magic Magnifying Mirror of the Mermaid Queen before its loss leads to inter-Neighborhood warfare that could destroy Central Park. Although the focus is on Neef's new mortal friends and enemies, the Folk of New York play a big part in her adventures. Whether benign or sinister, they are usually tricky and always fascinating; a guide in the back explains who and what they are. Plenty of humor, a brave and likable heroine, and a nice balance between lunchroom chat and wild adventure combine to make this that rare beast—a cheerful urban fantasy. Spiced with just enough background information, it works just fine on its own, but it will create immediate desire to read Changeling as well.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Changeling (2006), the plot of this overlong fantasy is simple: A young human girl who has been raised by a magic white rat and a Pooka must find and return a magical talisman in order to save her Central Park home from danger. The fact that she has recently begun studies at Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings both hinders and helps. Neef has scant time to pursue her quest, but she does learn new skills and make new friends willing to assist her. Readers familiar with the first book should have no trouble sorting out the many different kinds of Folk, but those new to the scene may feel at a loss. Names and attributes are often clever allusions, but many may sail right over the heads of the intended audience. Will kids today really understand why snooty Tiffany changes her name to Woolworth when she comes down in the world? Still, the imaginative rendering of a familiar city populated by fictional characters and magical beings may be enough to entice readers to overlook the inside jokes and broad characterizations. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101162842
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
290
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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