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Changeling (Changeling #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  872 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
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 ch ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published August 17th 2006)
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While I never really warmed up to Neef, the protagonist, I thought her changeling counterpart totally, utterly rocked. I loved Changeling from the start, and she made perfect sense to me as what a fairy changeling raised in our world might be like, too.

Also, the time spent in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was worth the price of admission (so to speak) by itself.
Oct 26, 2008 Karlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10-up
This fantasy set in NYC is delightful. It's both scary and funny.
I will say that this book started off a bit slow and confusing for me, but I always find that with a new fantasy book. I just had to get used to the new world. It did help that it kind of took place in New York City, which I am familiar with, so I think that made it easier to grasp the new world. And once I had a handle, boy was the ride fun! Neef and Changeling are such fun characters and meeting all the fairy tale folk throughout the book was fabulous!

Mostly I am excited about this book as a t
This book was really good, so the parts of it which were frustrating were really more frustrating than they would have been in a mediocre book, sadly. Fantastic world-building and a smart, self-aware protagonist -- yay! But that protagonist couldn't manage a believable interaction with any of the other people in the book -- boo! Neef had pretty much no empathy for anyone, no sense that she should be concerned in anything but a mechanical how-does-this-affect-me way with other people's feelings. ...more
A well handled quest. I'm glad to hear it went so smoothly. A lot of people get sick or even die on quests. It was comforting to know she had a fairy godmother looking out for her.
Nov 26, 2014 Aleksandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Aug 28, 2007 GraceAnne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changeling is funny and fresh and fine, another in the short list of fabulous books set in New York City published in the past year. It is takes place in New York Between, and Sherman balances the Between of Faerie with a terrific young heroine named Neef, ringing changes on every single New York and Faerie trope you can imagine, and a few you can't.
Bridget P
Oct 04, 2010 Bridget P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absoulutley loved this book. It was fantasy so there were mermaids,demons and the main character boy was she a handful. so if your done with your book pick this one up i garuntee you will love it.
Jan 23, 2011 Melutopia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Fun little twist on fairy tales and magic lands.
Jan 03, 2016 Jaki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Interesting world-building and concept. Obviously I'm not the target reader, but that was okay. Lots of girl power. Would get a kid interested in visiting NYC or paying closer attention at the Metropolitan Museum.

Did notice that the glossary of creatures in this world referred to beings of old European and Asian origin, in addition to modern beings, but almost nowhere else, which seemed to reflect the author's own background (East Asia & the West) but not necessarily the (folktale) demo
Melissa Bennett
Jul 19, 2010 Melissa Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neef is human who was switched at birth with a fairy and brought into New York between to become the Changeling of Central Park. She's is an overly curious child and soon becomes aware of a Solstice dance that occurs every year that she somehow always misses. Neef loves to dance and wants very badly to go. She realizes that she has been given a sleeping potion on the previous nights of the dance. She quickly finds a way around that and on the night of the dance, she sneaks down to it. There she ...more
May 15, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-may-2012
Neef is a changeling, a human child taken and raised by fairy folk in Central Park. Her fairy godmother, who raised her and teaches her, is a white rat named Astris. Neef has begun to feel hemmed in by the rules she has followed all her life, and so, when she discovers there is a Solstice dance that she has never heard of, she is determined to attend. The disaster that follows sends her on a quest out into New York Between.

This is a fun book. The fairy folk, as you would expect in New York City
Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies who lives in the Central Park of New York Between, an Otherworld Manhattan that co-exists with our own, inhabited by all sorts of Fairy Folk. Neef (whose real name she doesn’t care to disclose to just anybody since – as you know – real names have power) has been brought up by her fairy godmother the white rat Astris and lives under the protection of The Green Lady, the Genius of the Central Park. Neef’s days are spent in relative tranquillity, ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman
(This is probably the best quote from a completely different author that I could put with this book. One, because 'Changeling' is a story about a girl raised by fairies. Two, because there is also a dragon in this story.)

Neef is a changeling. She was taken as a young child and a fairy that looked exactly like her was put in her place. She was then take
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
Neef is a human changeling living in New York Between. She has an amazing fairy godmother, Astris, who happens to also be a white rat. Neef has lots of rules to abide by, but that's mainly to keep her safe. She knows that she's a changeling and that there is a fairy living in her place but it really makes no difference to her. She pretty much loves her life.

Except she's DYING to attend the Solstice Dance. Astris manages to use magic to keep her asleep during this bi-yearly event but this time ar
Jun 03, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, fantasy, nyc
Neef is a changeling, a mortal child switched at birth with a fairy and raised among the Folk. There are many changelings in the world, but Neef is the only changeling of Central Park. She lives with her fairy godmother Astris, a giant white rat, and spends her time with the assorted Folk of Central Park. All this changes, however, when she accidentally breaks the geas that was set upon her when she was brought into Central Park. Now, exiled from Central Park and a fugitive from the terrifying W ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween-fiction
Changeling is both a well-researched look at the folk beliefs of the world as well as a love letter to New York City. And while both elements come together nicely to create an exciting story, readers unfamiliar with New York's neighborhoods and museums may not fully understand or appreciate the nuanced levels of Sherman's New York Between, the land where the folk dwell. The main character Neef is a human living among the folk in Central Park. When she breaks a taboo, the Park's ruler, the Green ...more
Miz Lizzie
Neef is a human changeling living in Central Park in New York Between with her fairy godmother, a giant rat. At twelve-years-old she is starting to itch for some independence and, taking the fairy tales she's been told all her life as her guide, she starts breaking some well-known rules (don't stray from the path, don't talk to strangers) in order to embark on an adventure. Along the way she meets her fairy double left in her place with her human parents and with her help tries to fulfill a ques ...more
Althea Ann
Highly recommended for New York City parents looking for a good book to read aloud to their young children as bedtime stories.

For everyone else... well...
Having read some of Delia Sherman's other books, I wasn't expecting this to be quite so juvenile. It is definitely a kids' book - aimed at 8-10 years old, I'd say, though younger kids would definitely enjoy it as well. However, a lot of the cleverness is probably going to zip right past a lot of kids, who might not have the background to 'get'
Having loved Sherman's story "CATNYP" in Datlow and Windling's The Faery Reel, I was very pleased to find out that she was writing a book about the heroine, Neef, a human changeling who lives with the fairy folk in New York Between. Neef's curiosity leads her to break a faerie law and sends her on a quest for three magical items, which she must find if she's to continue her life in New York Between. Any faerie world which includes not only the standard traditional fairies, from brownies to pooka ...more
Michelle Morrell
Book #8: Changeling, by Delia Sherman.

This is a story about a human girl raised in "New York Between" by the magical creatures that live there. She is a changeling, replaced with a fairy creature in the "world outside." She is, as most humans are, a curious and bit foolhardy girl and one innocent mistake throws her whole future into disarray. Only a daunting quest in three parts can restore the only life she knows as home.

This was a fast, fun, easy read. Full of puns and twisted meanings and the
Jul 11, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, mythology
Changeling is about Neef who was taken at birth to live with the supernaturals and was replaced by a fairy who doesn't believe in supernaturals anymore. Now, because of a fickle Lady Genius, Neef is a target of the Wild Hunt because she broke a spell/promise she didn't even know she had! She runs to the Curator of the Metropolitan Museum to help her with her problems and she gains back access to the park, is under the Green Lady's protection again, and the Wild Hunt aren't after her anymore in e ...more
Tony Petry
Aug 08, 2014 Tony Petry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book started out great but then started lagging on like Delia Sherman was running out of ideas so she just put things in there to draw it out. The main character Neef is a spoiled little brat who thinks she knows everything, and the supporting character is a afraid of everything and is actually the brains of the operation. On the plus side it is full of fantasy and mythical creatures. The book also ended really good, as do all fairy tales. I just feel like this book could have been better t ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Reagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Changeling in a few days because it is one of the best books I have ever read. If you enjoy a "different" kind of fantasy, then you will love Changeling.
This book is mainly about a changeling named Neef who breaks a fairy law, and then her protection of the Green Lady is removed. As she has no protection, her fairy godmother is also taken away.
Now Neef and Changeling are on a quest to retrieve 3 diffrent items from the other Geniuses of New York Between. If she does not complete t
Aug 23, 2014 Jaimie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delia Sherman takes readers on a wild romp throuhg the New York that we know and the unseen faerie-New York as we tag along on protagonist Neef's quest to regain her home in CEntral Park. Neef is a changeling, so she has access to much of the faerie world, but there's still a lot for her to learn; By teaming up wih the half-faerie girl who she was swapped for at birth, Neefs gets to make new friends (supernatural and Changeling alike), travel to places outside her normal stomping ground (Wall St ...more
May 18, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CHANGELING is the kind of fairy tale I love :D Set in the modern day, with a bold young girl names Neff 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 ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It took me a little while to get into the book. 50 pages in and it finally got me. I just didn't connect with Neef at first. But I liked changeling. As the story went on I liked Neef a little more but Changeling is still my favorite.

I also really liked how the fairy tale creatures weren't just your traditional creatures from folklore but also creatures from your favorite literature. Like Eloise. And the idea that all of this could be squished into New York, made it seem like fairy lands weren't
Courtney Duncan
Apr 30, 2014 Courtney Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I would like it at first, but like most fairy tale quest stories, I got swept up in the magic and adventure. I read it in less than a week. Definitely fulfilled my one requirement for a book...take me away from all of this! I really, really enjoyed it!
Kathryn McCary
Delia Sherman's first novel set in New York Between is splendidly entertaining. Neef, the Central Park changeling, offends the Park's Genius and is sent on a quest that leads her to New York Harbor, Broadway, Wall Street--and some odd spots along the way. New York Between shares the same space, but not quite the same reality, as the New York City we know; the glorious thing is that it is nonetheless recognizably New York. And because New York Between is inhabited by the Folk (meaning, pretty muc ...more
Rachel Elizabeth
What a perfect morning vacation book! My husband sleeps later than I do, so I read quietly with my cups of hot lemon tea with honey. This story was magical, fun, humorous, and captivating. Childish and silly in the best possible way!
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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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