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Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu

(Lost Kingdoms of Karibu #1)

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Alternate cover edition for ASIN B009H28446.

Trouble is brewing in Karibu and Gogo Maya and her leopard are about to make matters worse. Their risky ‘switching’ trick has jettisoned them right out of the secret realm, sucking a teenager from the ordinary world into the mess they left behind them.

Ethan Flynn is pretty useless in the African bush but at least he knows how to
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Karen Prince (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bob Atkinson
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Switch’ by Karen Prince is a fine example of how writers will often take their own familiar environment and transform it into a wonderland inhabited by beings of myth and imagination. Whether it’s vampires in New York or London, ghosts in Glen Laragain, or here, as in this case, witches, shape shifters and magic pools in the jungle of Zimbabwe.
What begins as a camping trip in the Zimbabwean jungle soon degenerates into a frantic search for a lost boy. While diving into a waterfall Joe suddenly
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Simon Okill
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Switch to Jungle Rock
Karen Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush.
Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s
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Penelope Curtis
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many fantasies where you get bogged down in the descriptions of the fantasy world, Karen Prince seamlessly weaves the rich detail of the land and its cultures into the story without actually interrupting the story for descriptions.

There seems to be a character for everyone, from spoiled brats who need to be taught better, to seriously underprivileged people who are just getting on with their lives because they don’t seem to be impressed by material goods. It was fun to see how each of th
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Robbie
I stayed up late last night reading it, and even when I had finished, I lay there wondering what I would have done if I could have gotten hold of that magic, and if I would have reacted in the same way to the situations the boys got themselves in to. A bit like you wonder what you would do if you won the lottery.

The world was amazing. Usually the fantasies that I read are about people who already live in a different world, like Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, but I liked that the characters in t
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A.E. Curzon
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in Zimbabwe and opens with the High Priest, Drogba, looking for a person to provide him with a new body. This opens the door for the introduction to the wicked and very comical witch, Gogo Maya, who is being pursued by someone unknown in the forest that she would rather avoid. Her only escape it to ‘switch’. Through pure miscalculation she finds herself inadvertently linked to a very average young boy named Joe. Joe has an overly precious cousin, called Ethan, who is better suit ...more
Nicola-ann Nel
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book! I loved the use of African elements in the fantasy creatures, a refreshing break from the more classical European themes. I thought that the characters were entertaining as well as believable.

The plot of the story was obviously very well thought out and flowed nicely from one chapter to the next, all in all an excellent read! Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Shevaunn
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written book that captures the imagination of the reader from the first chapter. This will definately become a classic and I cant wait for the next Karen Prince book to come out.
Cherie Curtis
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three of the protagonists find themselves in a lost world with only a leopard for moral support and a couple of crocs to show them the way. Only the main protagonist, Ethan, can communicate with the animals because he has taken on a witch’s magic.

A fourth protagonist falls in with some extremely dangerous people — twice, and you hope that the rest of them will be in time to rescue him. You never know what is going to happen next. Are the crocs as friendly as they seem? Is the Hyena? Who is going
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Lloyd
'Switch' was most enjoyable and well worth my reading time. This delightfully different coming of age story drawing from African mythology rather than the usual Celtic or Nordic traditions was filled with humor and mischief. There were wonderful plot twists and a different sort of magic which seems to alter DNA in some way to enhance things; making them stronger, more beautiful, and in the case of the Tokoloshe, more hyperactive.

The intriguing cast of characters would appeal to any middle grader
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Folami Morris
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was initially posted on my blog

In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart of Africa. Prince seamlessly blends multiple points of view and a dynamic setting together in a way that makes for a wholly original coming of age story about a germaphobic, hypochondriac named Ethan. When Ethan is sent from the technologically advanced city of Cape Town to stay in the underdeveloped countryside of Zimbabwe with his father, Ethan has
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Christoph Fischer
“Switch (The Kingdoms of Karibu)” by Karen Prince is a wonderful and magic story for young adults.
Set in parts in rural contemporary Zimbabwe (with all its beauty but also its faults) and in other parts in the secret rift valley of Karibu the story ‘switches’ between two narratives, keeping up a sense of suspense throughout.
In Karibu, a witch and her leopard suddenly have to escape the Tokoloshe, but their getaway via a magic trick goes terribly wrong and forces an ordinary boy from Zimbabwe int
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Sven
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book form the 'Lovers of Paranormal' Group for a Honest review.

Though 'Switch!' is a book best suited for readers in the age group 10-13, I really enjoyed reading it too! Because it made a change from the type of books I've been reading recently. I was kinda tired of reading books about a girl falling in love with an impossible boy who is some kind of a supernatural creature. But now I get a book set in Africa!

I'm not going to discuss the plot in here, other users have
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S.L. Wallace
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Prince spins an interesting modern-day yet mythological African tale. It starts in the deep forest where a witch has been captured by a group of Tokoloshe, short mythological man-like creatures and by something else, something sinister. In order to escape, she performs a switching spell, and accidentally switches places with Joe, a Caucasian boy who is at an African swimming hole with a group of friends. His germ-o-phobic cousin, Ethan; two of his friends, Tariro and Jimoh; the witch's leo ...more
Michael Roberts


It was a great story and a wonderful read. The combination of fantasy and an African milieu worked perfectly for me. Going on a journey through the wilds without a weapon seemed scary enough, but when you added the element of magic and a bit of mythology it made for a very exciting adventure.

Mostly I loved the characters. From the roguish witch and her wily cat to the boys from such different worlds who found themselves thrown together on a quest to rescue a beloved friend. Their plans do not a
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Joselyn  Raquel Moreno Burke
It was very cool and i found myself enamoured with all the land of karibu

it was super funny to read and it have me on edge to know what it was going to happen next

I just love it so much =)
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
Ancient African mysticism meets the technological age, as Ethan Flynn, a computer-centered fifteen-year-old, is forced to go camping with his cousin Joe in the wilds of Zimbabwe. It is difficult enough to leave the comforts of a roof and enclosing walls behind, but plans have changed to allow in a friend of Joe’s, Tariro, who has nothing but disdain and contempt for the geeky cousin.

The first thing Evan finds strange is that, even though there are two crocodiles swimming lazily among the locals,
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Teresa Garcia
It is extremely rare that I will write a review before I have completely read the book. I recently finished reading the sample though, and am adding this book to my list that I intend to buy, because I want to learn what happens next.

The characterization is superb. I can't decide who is my favorite character, the old witch (Mama Goyo, I believe it is?), the leopard, or Ethan. I am intrigued by the crocodiles and want to learn more about them. I laughed at the introduction to Mama Goyo, and the l
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P.J. LaRue
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Ethan and his cousin, Joe, embark on an African safari with Jimoh, their fifteen year old guide. At the same time, a witch named Gogo Maya summons her powers to switch places with another object or person. She switches with Joe.

When Ethan performs CPR on Gogo Maya her powers are transferred to him. These powers include being able to converse with her significant other, who happens to be a leopard named Salih. The sly leopard leads Ethan on the hunt for Joe. Meanwhile, Joe is fighting for his fre
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Kitty Phiri
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young people
Recommended to Kitty by: My friend Tsitsi
I am from Malawi and I really loved this book. I liked all the characters but especially the animals and the Tokoloshe.
Clive Mullis
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The High Priest Drogba needs another body so that he can prolong his life, so what does he choose?

Gogo Maya is a witch who has to make a switch in order to escape, but unfortunately for Joe, he was in the way. Joe’s cousin Ethan then finds that he has to save the life of the witch by giving her the kiss of life.....but the result is somewhat unexpected.

The story revolves around Ethan’s trek through the jungle in order to find his cousin. With the help of a couple of friends, a leopard, some croc
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Katharina Gerlach
Fantastic. Can't wait for the sequel.

This book grabbed me from the first line. I found the characters very, very believable and entertaining (especially a certain cat). And I've got a soft spot for all things African. It was interesting to see how differently the white and the native children reacted to the witch's story. It made sense.

Also, there wasn't a single boring line in this novel and some really outstanding but subtle parts bordering on the poetic. It was refreshing to see that the auth
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Simon Okill
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush.
Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s friend Joe invites h
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Simon Okill
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Karen Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush.
Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s friend Joe invites h
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Jacquelyn Smith
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r, kindle, fever
This story is great for the young and the young at heart.

When Ethan is send to visit his father, things change and he ends up in Zimbabwa.

This is where his life turns crazy, talking animals, witch and magic.

Maya switchs places and ends up with Joe disappearing Maya, in his place and Ethan is the only one that can help him get back home after he touches the witch.

I am not going to spoil it for you pick up a copy for youself, it's a must read.......
Pauline Forrester
An amusing adventure.
Joss Landry
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ethan Flynn starts off with a lot to learn. One of the twists I enjoyed most about this exciting adventure set deep within the mysterious Zimbabwe forests, mysterious, as I have only dreamt of leaping that far from home, is young Ethan’s metamorphosis. He literally grows up, letting go of his many phobias, to become a tower of strength and leader of a group going to find his best friend and cousin Joe, who has disappeared into thin air.

Only once Tariro dares him, and Jimoh convinces him to unde
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Tsitsi
Brilliant book. I loved every minute of it. Africa. . .Tokoloshe, naughty witches, what more could you want. Cannot wait for the sequel.
Michelle Willms
Switch by Karen Prince

Ethan Flynn, a very, picky boy from Zimbabwe is forced to visit his hateful stepmother and uncaring father during his school holiday. After they forced him to visit, they immediately traveled away on business, transferring Ethan into the care of his Uncle Alan.

His uncle planned to take Ethan, his cousin Joe, and Joe’s friend Tariro on safari. Joe’s friend was jealous at having to share Joe with Ethan, so proposed going to a bush camp with his friends from school instead. H
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Ariella
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. The characters were great. I'm giving it 5 stars.
Murielle Cyr
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: younger-audience
SWITCH is a phenomenal and colourful, coming of age story. When we first meet Ethan, we see an incomplete character with a world view limited by a overindulged and sheltered upbringing��� yet the reader recognizes a flame within���that innate need to do the right thing, to protect the young girls from the crocodiles, to share his computer with those who have no access to one, to find his lost cousin at all costs. His compassion, generosity and courage elevate him from the young germophobe who is ...more
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Karen Prince was raised on a wildlife farm in Zimbabwe; a perfect childhood for someone who always wanted to become a writer. Between searching for wild dogs and other dangerous creatures on horseback and cooling off in the nearby dam - which was occupied by at least one crocodile - it was a wonder she survived.

This chaotic life was balanced during the school term by the harsh discipline and unrea
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