Changeling (Changeling, #1)

ISBN: 0670059676
ISBN 13: 9780670059676
By: Delia Sherman

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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.

Reader's Thoughts

Christina (Reading Thru The Night)

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 around she's determined to stay awake and attend.Unfortunately all those stories about curiosity killing that cat that Astris had told her proved to be true. Unknowingly, she broke a promise and must now deal with the curse. Unless she can acquire the three tokens that the Green Lady challenged her to obtain, Neef will become the food for the Wild Hunt. Using her knowledge of fairy tales, Neef journeys on this quest hoping to right the wrong.Changeling was a pretty fun read. Neef was a likable character and although there were times when I was confused by her actions, overall the story and pacing was perfect.I really liked that Neef meets her Changeling and together they make this journey. I thought that was an interesting twist with the changeling theme in fairy tales. Plus, using New York as the setting made it almost believable, you know. Like, the movie Toy do we know that our stuffed animals don't come alive? New York Between could quite possibly exist!


This fantasy set in NYC is delightful. It's both scary and funny.


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.

Kathryn McCary

Delia Sherman's first novel set in New York Between is splendidly entertaining. Neef, the Central Park changeling, offends the Park's Genius and is sent on a quest that leads her to New York Harbor, Broadway, Wall Street--and some odd spots along the way. New York Between shares the same space, but not quite the same reality, as the New York City we know; the glorious thing is that it is nonetheless recognizably New York. And because New York Between is inhabited by the Folk (meaning, pretty much, any and all supernatural folkloric beings, a goodly number of literary creations, and some denizens of cyberspace), it is NYC writ large and across the ages. Hilarious, but with a good core of introspective growth on Neef's part. What a joy!

Michelle M

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 misconceptions of the human world as seen through the eyes of a pseudo-faerie, I really enjoyed this light read with elements of urban fantasy, myth, and New York travel guide with a tinge of cyberpunk thrown in for good measure. One interesting note about the author, she is one of the founders and president of . I fully intend to check out more of her work.


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. There could have been a great story in there about what emotions really meant for humans raised by fairies and fairies raised by humans, but the opportunity was lost. The author's short story Catnyp, about the same protagonist when she's a bit older, was much more appealing.


Great read! Fun little twist on fairy tales and magic lands.


This is a fantastic children's fantasy/adventure book with some interesting psychological aspects that adults will appreciate. I don't know how much is too much to give away, but the book does wonders with its descriptions of scenery and characters and is great fun for people who know Manhattan, and presents a unique idea for the origin of "changeling" children, those who the fairies leave in place of kidnapped human children.


Changeling is about Neef who was taken at birth to live with the supernaturals and was replaced by a fairy who doesn't believe in supernaturals anymore. Now, because of a fickle Lady Genius, Neef is a target of the Wild Hunt because she broke a spell/promise she didn't even know she had! She runs to the Curator of the Metropolitan Museum to help her with her problems and she gains back access to the park, is under the Green Lady's protection again, and the Wild Hunt aren't after her anymore in exchange for The Mermaids Mirror, a Ticket to Peter Pan with the original Tinkerbell, and the Dragons Scales. Through loopholes, quick wit, lack of genius' knowledge of the human world and help from unlikely friends, Neef flies through her quest but at what cost? Friends are great but eventually you have to go your separate ways, and it will hurt but you may as well have a great adventure!


This book is very light. The subject is almost a subgenre, an alternate city. I read this a very long time ago and remember really liking it, this time not so much. The characters are flat and predictable and the plot to easily accomplished. A twist on an unlikely hero story suitable for younger readers. However the description of scenery and classic characters is very good. This author has a gift for scenery unlike any other. The sheer imagination of the different fabulous creatures really came to life for me. But as for depth there was none. I can clearly see why I liked it so much when I was younger, and would recommend for younger readers

Melissa Bennett

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 causes a ruckous and the Green Lady of the Park states that she was forbidden to attend the dance and must be banished. If she is banished, she will be left for the Wild Hunt who waits in anticipation to get there hands (or claws) on her. She ends up making a deal (with the help of the Pooka)to go on a quest to obtain 3 objects to appease the Green Lady. On her quest she is accompanied by the fairy that was left in her place. Although they look alike, they are very different. They become close during there quest and realize each other's differences are good in their own way. This was a great book that teaches many different morals. I recommend it highly.


This book is so great! Neef is a mortal who lives in New York Between, an alternate reality populated by fairies, demons, griffins, and all kinds of magical creatures from all over the world. Unfortunately, Neef's mortal curiosity gets her into trouble, and she sets off on a nearly-impossible quest, accompanied by her "copy," her fairy changeling counterpart. Read it!


A fun and interesting twist of a fairytale, this book cleverly combines the "bring me the broom of the wicked witch of the west"/"no place like home" quality of "The Wizard of Oz", which I adored, the "fairy-world living side-by-side with the mortal world" quality of "Gossamer" which I despised, and the "kidnapped and taken to the world of Neverland" quality of "Peter Pan" which I have yet to read, all set in a cutesy, funky, urban, modern, magical, enchanted New York City. Definitely not a classic-in-the-making, but still, it just may be unique enough to be worth the read.

Sandra Pulliam

This is a fun fast paced story that has lovable and horrible characters. This is very much a book for younger teens but I still really enjoyed it. Neff is a Changeling that has unknowingly broken a geis by attending the Summer Solstice. Sentenced to death by the wild hunt then kidnapped by a boogie man only to end up with the child left in her place she sets out on a magical quest to save herself and her faerie twin. Neff is brave and her changeling faerie twin is super smart. Together they make a wonderful team that will have you laughing. I stayed up late to finish this book and I'm glad I did. An adorable story that I would highly recommend.


Changling revolves around Neef, a stolen human child being raised in the fairy world. There are rules in Faerie, but Neef has yet to discover that that rulebreaking can have serious consequences (though consequences can be gotten around if you are clever). Featuring characters such as the Pooka, Mr. Rat, Puck, moss women, and mermaids, this fun story for younger readers also serves as an introduction to fantasy characters from all over the world.

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