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The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
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Oct 18, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, teen

Laura Chant's baby brother has been...possessed, enchanted, something. She's not sure what it is, but she knows the doctors won't be able to fix it. Laura is other, able to recognize supernatural power, although she doesn't possess any. So she turns to the only other person who might be able to help her. She recognized Sorry Carlisle as a witch from the moment she saw him, even though he's a guy, and three years ahead of her in school. Sorry's not had an easy life, because of his gender; he should have been a girl, and since he wasn't, his mother didn't recognize his power and put him up for foster care. She took him back when she realized her mistake, but not before he'd been scarred by the experience...

Sorry tells Laura the only way he can think of to save her brother is to work a changeover - making Laura into a witch, too, so that she can get the jump on the creature killing her brother. But changeovers are difficult...and if they don't succeed, they can kill you...

This is another book I read as a teen, but couldn't find for years afterward. I liked Laura, scrappy but vulnerable beneath the bravado, and Sorry is so REAL, with his posters and books, and a smart mouth to try to cover his insecurities.

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