A brand-new edition of the Carnegie Medal-winning THE CHANGEOVER - written by internationally bestselling author, Margaret Mahy.
'A gorgeous, strange, unforgettable story . . . I more than loved it' Laini Taylor - author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
'A clammy hand pressed Laura down onto her knees beside Jacko's bed. It was the hand of terror, nothing les...more
Do I still love this book now? Yes. It's scary, sensual (in a non-graphic way), smart, magical, empowering and in many other ways fabulous. Plus, it's set in New Zealand, which as a kid growing up in one of the landl ...more
This is a book I've been meaning to read for years. Margaret Mahy was one of New Zealand's most prominent and beloved authors. She won the Carnegie Medal twice (for this book and also 'The Haunting') and the Hans Christian Andersen award. Impressive a ...more
What I Liked:
- The beautiful and precise prose. Even the mundane deta ...more
"Outside in the city, traffic lights changed colours, casting quick spells of prohibition and release."
"Given the chance to be cruel did you get cruelty out of your system by acting on the chance, or did you invite it in?"
This book is beautifully written, but more importantly it is smart, wise, thoughtful, morally complex and intensely human. As a bonus (although really this is central to the novel), it's also shot through with a powerful sexualit ...more
But God, I'm sure that if more people read her books now, they too would wonder why others aren't. For me, they're near perfect because they hav ...more
The novel is set in the 80s in Gardendale, New Zealand, where Laura Chant lives with her mother, Kate, and her three-year-old brother, Jacko. The story starts with Laura getting a premonition, a warning of sorts that something terrible will happen. She tells her mother who shrugs it off as irrelevant. Laura is forced to ignore it and she goes to school. At the end of her school day, she picks up Jacko at the babysitter's and they pass by an antique store on their way home. ...more
"Every telegraph pole stood centred on a single leg gathering wires up, looping them over little stunted arms, and Laura felt her way into being a telegraph pole, or a roof rising to a ridge and butting against itself. The Baptist church squared its concrete shoulders ...more
~I received a copy from Hachette NZ and willingly reviewed it~
Laura Chant isn't normal. She receives warnings, feelings of premonition which only proceeds bad things. Sometimes, she acknowledges them; but sometimes she ignores them, and what happens after is always unchangeable, set in stone. To save her younger brother Jacko's life, she must talk to Sorenson Carlisle, the sc ...more
This book in a lot of ways is very different from a lot of the urban fantasy I’ve read. It’s more subtle and more grounded in the realities of being a teenage girl, even one who finds herself somewhat responsible for the care of a younger brother. Laura, 14, sometimes has premonitions. And when her brother experiences a mysterious illness, the origin of which even doctors can’t seem to figure out, Laura seems to be the only one who knows that it’s a possession. And in her journey to ch ...more
And yet, despite all my griping, the lush prose made reading this book worthwhile for me. There was a romance but it was a lot more understated than the tagline would have you believe. ...more
As a kid I focused on the everyday aspects of the book – the familiar place names and shops and habits – because I was searc ...more
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it countless times, starting back when I was just a teenager myself. The last time I read it was August 2007, and I didn't have a single qualm about it. Six years later, older and wiser, I picked it up again but was worried that something I ...more
First of all, the plot seems dreadful to me : an evil spirit or whatever that creature was drains the main character's brother body of it of life energy, the main character loves her sibling, so she's willing to do whatever it takes to rescue him which brings her to Sorensen Carlisle (who's called Sorry throughout most of the book). Sorry!!! What kind of a name is that?! Either way, turns out the only way to help Laura is through a ch ...more
The biggest warning, however, is about her beloved brother Jacko, and she doesn't know what to do ...more
This is one of the books that is on my yearly reading list, meaning that I read this book every single year. Sometimes more than once.
The writing is beautiful, and richly imaginative. You'll be reading along and it's good, plain writing, but then suddenly you'll find yourself tangled up in such gorgeous prose that you just have to sit there and read over i ...more
When little Jacko becomes desperately ill, Laura enlists the help of Sorenson, the oddball boy at school, to find a way to heal him. I don't care much for Mahy's style - her characters talk in exclamation points ...more
When an evil spirit decides to slowly suck the life force from her beloved younger brother, Laura decides she's going to do whatever it takes to stop it, even if that means seeking out Soren, a loner at her s ...more
Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo ...more