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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy with multiple planets and portal/wormhole travel which shapeshifts you to a local species on arrival. [s]

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John McMartin | 2 comments I'm trying to remember a book I read between 1996 and 2003, and the details that are coming back aren't enough for effective googling. What I do know: The main character is travelling across worlds, chasing or being chased by another person. The portals have different colors which correlate to the environment they lead to, but it seemed like there were only 3 or 4 worlds visited. When entering a world, you're shapeshifted to a biology that suits the locale (maybe a dolphin-type for waterworld, a hawk-type for air world, etc). There may be more than one portal in or out on each world, and I feel like they were all one-way.

I think it may have been a novella, I don't think it was very long. Any assistance here would be incredibly appreciated.

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Sue Elleker | 802 comments Spaceling by Doris Piserchia?
"The ability to see other-dimensional rings that float in Earth's atmosphere was a late mutation of a few space-age humans. Daryl was under the care of the institution for muters, and she had discovered that if you jumped through the right ring at the right time it would land you in another dimensional world and another shape.
Spaceling is the story of Daryl's desperate efforts to unravel the mystery of why she was being held captive and of what was really going on in a certain alien dimension. Because she was sure it was all bad and that someday everyone would thank her for the revelation.
But instead everyone was engaged in a wild effort to hold her down, to keep her on this Earth, and to keep the world simply intact!"
I believe the rings were different colours.

message 3: by El (new)

El | 502 comments Spaceling for Sue's suggestion

message 4: by John (new)

John McMartin | 2 comments That's the book! Thanks Sue! (and El for the handy link)

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