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The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (Changeling #2)

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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 Merma ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Viking Juvenile
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Tamora Pierce
Jun 24, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
Neef, the Central Park changeling from Sherman's book CHANGELING (see how nice that worked out?), is back, and sentenced to Van Loon's, the school for changelings. The courses might be strange--Talismans, Diplomacy, Questing, Mortal History and Customs--but some things are all too familiar, like the glossy, beautiful, perfectly clothed bully girls from the Upper East Side. And then there are the Rules--all one thousand of them. In a big, fat book that everyone must carry with them.

Some of the ru
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Aliza B.
Mar 03, 2010 Aliza B. marked it as to-read
I havent read this book yet. But IO know that it is dedicated to me and my brothers!
Nilsson
Not her, too! Everyone gets trapped into going to school, don't they?
Emily
Mar 10, 2017 Emily rated it it was amazing
Neef is thrilled when her fairy godparents tell her she's going to Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. For less than a day. Then she's tossed into a new place with new rules and other mortals and classes. On the very first day she makes some friends--and an enemy. Little does she know, she'll need everything she has to complete a quest to protect Central Park.
MissM
Jun 18, 2009 MissM rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This wonderful sequel to Changeling is the best kind of YA book out there. With focus on a sharp, fun story, a likable protagonist and nothing overtly scary/cruel/vulgar, author Delia Sherman really writes for any and all ages.

I initially picked up Changeling on a whim at my local library after running across it on Amazon. I have no prejudice against YA books and will read them for enjoyment on occasion. Many are a let-down though, and I feel often that such books "talk down" to their youth audi
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Sbuchler
Jun 27, 2013 Sbuchler rated it really liked it
Genre: Fantasy

I enjoyed this book far more then the previous one, Changeling. Neef has been declared the Official Changeling of Central Park, but it isn't until she starts attending Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings that she has any idea what that really means. Once she starts school, the book has a very Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone feel to it, with descriptions of classes and Neef's interactions with her classmates interspersed with her quest to find the magic mirror of the
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Kathryn McCary
The second New York Between novel is a school story. Uh-oh! But, no, there's little here of J.K. Rowling, other than the general structure common to all school stories (the outsider, the cliques, forming alliances, dealing with authority). And it takes us outside the walls as well, to the entrancing City that shares the same space, but not entirely the same reality, as New York City. There are a couple of mistakes in continuity with the first novel (keep your eye on the jade frog!), but nothing ...more
Chris
Jun 01, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-fiction
Sherman follows up her enjoyable Changeling (2008) with a sequel that is just as exciting and fun to read. Neef, the human changeling living in New York Between is back; after successfully tricking the Mermaid Queen of New York Harbor out of her magic mirror in the last book, Neef has earned the right to attend Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings. Like its predecessor, Magic Mirror combines elements of folklore, popular culture, and classic New York icons to create a fair world that is ...more
Margaret
Sherman returns to her delightful alternate New York City in her second book about Neef, the official changeling of New York Between's Central Park. After surviving her first quest (in Changeling), Neef figures that going to school won't be too difficult, but Miss Van Loon's School for Mortal Changelings turns out to be tougher than she thought. The snobbish East Side girls look down on Neef and her friends, and there are way too many rules to follow. As if that weren't enough, the magic mirror ...more
Kathy
Jul 28, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
I really missed Changeling, from the first book, almost as much as Neef did, but this one manages to stand on its own, and is just as good as the first one. Neef gets to go to a school for changelings. She has to learn diplomacy, since none of the Geniuses of the various territories of New York Between can manage to communicate with each other without a conflict developing. That's why they need changelings. And since Neef is the first changeling from Central Park to survive to a reasonable age, ...more
Jaimie
Aug 30, 2014 Jaimie rated it really liked it
In the second Changeling novel Neef of Central Park must undo her quest from the previous volume and return the Mirror of the Mermaid Queen to its rightful owner - all while attending Miss Van Loon's school for changelings. Sherman adds better characterization and more thematic complexity to her rpetoire in this novel, rather than simply focusing on plot and action, so I found this book to be a much more enjoyable read than the first. Neef has to learn to make human/changleling friends, and whil ...more
kvon
Jun 03, 2012 kvon rated it really liked it
Book #2, but it's easy to read having skipped the first. A magical New York, with only fairies of various kinds, just a few human changelings, who have to go to school. And obey (and break) the rules, and make friends, and frenemies. A fun, quick read with an engaging, brash, heroine. YA
Note that I really like NY without the people.
Kristin
Jun 25, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
more girly than Percy Jackson...but this series (starting with Changeling) would be a good read a like for that series...or for Anne Ursu's Chronus Chronicles. Not Greek mythology, but somewhat similar feel...and sense of humor about itself.
Rena
Apr 02, 2009 Rena rated it liked it
I was kind of surprised that Changeling was not in this book at all. But I enjoy the random references to all kinds of things, like "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood." It's kind of like the author was sharing private jokes with the reader that the characters didn't know about.
Raye
Oct 15, 2013 Raye rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This sequel to Changeling returns to Neef, who is growing bored with her home in Central Park. Lucky for her, she is being sent to school for changeling children. Too bad there are Rules there, too. Also for younger YAs.
Allen Garvin
Very cute YA novel, the sequel to the earlier Changeling, involving the adventures of Neef, a fairy changeling.
Beth
Sep 22, 2009 Beth rated it liked it
A fun sequel to Changeling. I loved the portrayal of New York cultures through mortal changeling kids' various neighborhoods.
Deb
Jul 19, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing
Engagin sequel to Changeling. Neef is thrown into a number of new environments, and has to learn how to work with both allies and enemies.
Flavia
It was good. It moved faster than it's prequel Changeling. Ideal audience would probably be 11-13, but I enjoyed it.
Jasmine
Jul 17, 2012 Jasmine rated it really liked it
This book is so grounded in the city, and in New York in particular. It fills me with joy.

A very fun book. (Also, CITY.)
Dandelionsteph
Dec 01, 2012 Dandelionsteph rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic
Though I haven't read this recently, I do recall that the plot seemed to be more of a lengthy fetch quest than I would like.
Christen
Jul 21, 2009 Christen rated it it was amazing
A great book, reminiscent of Percy Jackson, but folklore based instead of myths. Solid sequel (don't find many of those these days).
Holly
Nov 14, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
This sequel looks like it might turn into a series! Yippee!
Gapeach
Jul 10, 2012 Gapeach rated it really liked it
Neef goes to school with other mortals and has a quest in her spare time.
Shirley
Shirley rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2011
Debbie Notkin
This is light fun, reasonably entertaining. I'm not a big fan of "magic school" books, but I did enjoy the characters in this, and the ways the students get around the rules.
Shellee
Shellee rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2011
Marci
Marci rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2009
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Dec 09, 2012
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Delia Sherman (born 1951) is a fantasy writer and editor. Her novel The Porcelain Dove won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.

She was born in Tokyo and brought up in New York City. She earned a PhD in Renaissance studies at Brown University and taught at Boston and North-eastern universities. She is the author of the novels Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove (a Mythopoeic Award winner), and Ch
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