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Changeling

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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 alongside our own, home to creatures of folklore. Protected by her fairy godmother until she breaks a Fairy Law, now she must face the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park or be sacrificed! Neef is determined, but time is running out. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Viking Juvenile
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Janni
Aug 18, 2008 added it
Shelves: fey-folk
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.
Devann
This was a really fun read. It is structured in your basic 'magical middle grade quest' arc that fans of Rick Riordan will be familiar with, but Changeling and Neef are both characters and I love how they play off each other. I particularly liked how Changeling exhibited several kind of autistic behaviors [even though it's never discussed explicitly in the text] because a lot of the reasons that people historically would accuse someone of being a changeling would be because they were acting 'wei ...more
Karlan
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-up
This fantasy set in NYC is delightful. It's both scary and funny. ...more
Cait
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
Shelly
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Some fairy books can cross over from young reader to older reader and the fanatasy world can be interesting for both groups. This books is really only for younger readers. I would not read it again. The character is interesting enough to finish the book but not to worry for or about, you don't get attached to Neef or the Changeling. The plot is simple problem and answer. But the unique animal characters and over all fantasy aspect should satisfy a new reader. ...more
GraceAnne
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Bridget P
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Melutopia
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Fun little twist on fairy tales and magic lands.
Nilsson
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. ...more
Chris Presta-Valachovic
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Lisa
Aug 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Unknown to ordinary mortals, there are at least two New Yorks, which share geography,but not reality. Changeling is mostly set in New York Between, and Neef is  the Changeling of the title, and lives in the Otherworld of New York Between. More specifically, she lives in Manhattan's Central Park, under the guardianship of her fairy godmother Astris the White Rat, and her fairy godfather, the shapeshifting Pouka, and the protection of the genius loci, or Genius of Central Park, The Green Lady.

Neef
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Jim
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
smiles all around... this book was amazingly fun... kind of exactly what children's literature should be... plenty of amazing characters, lots of mythological beasties, and loads of funny dialogue... kinda perfect that the important characters were girls, and not all about their appearance and "where are the cute boys??"... just a joy to read... ...more
Sonya
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I truly don't think I could rate this book fairly. Some middle grade fantasy books can be enjoyed by young readers and adult readers. This story is clearly for children. I probably would have enjoyed this book if I was a child. Some of the conflicts in the story didn't make sense to me. I just came to the conclusion that I'm just too old for the story . ...more
Shoshana G
This sounded like my jam, but I didn't much care for it. Neef was neither interesting or likable and the conception of New York between and the fairy world wasn't really interesting or special either. ...more
Jeanette Neff
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read.
Cori
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good book for the young adult. Silly and simple. The girl who eventually is called Changeling seems autistic to me, and I really related to that.
Aleksandra
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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Alee
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Changeling tells the story of Neef, a little girl who lives in New York Between. Neef, born a mortal, is a girl different from everyone else. Neef is curious, bold, but most of all, she is stubborn. Neef eventually was punished by the Green Lady and exiled from New York Between. On her journey, she is accompanied by her overly, sensitive, mortal friend Changeling. Neef and Changeling are on a journey to recover three things in order to get Neef accepted back into New York Between or the Hunt wil ...more
TheBookSmugglers
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Abby Vincere

Charming. That's the first and most obvious thing I can say about this book. If you love Folklore at all, you probably won't be able to resist this book's overall charm, despite the fact that it takes a bit (I found personally) to get into.

I loved the modern New York fairy tale alternate universe the author creates. It's a world I'd love to spend more time in, so I'd probably follow this series just for that alone. It's enchanting and does make one really want to visit the real New York just to
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Kellee Moye
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
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Educating Drew
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
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Becca
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the setting but was less into the main character.
Kathy
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
“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
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Lucy
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Morrell
Jun 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: faerie, x-read-2007
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
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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
Margaret
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
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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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