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Izzy’s family has just moved to the most boring town in the country. But as time goes on, strange things start to happen; odd piles of stones appear around Izzy’s house, and her little sister Hen comes home full of stories about the witch next door. Then, Hen disappears into the woods. She’s been whisked away to the land of Faerie, and it’s up to Izzy to save her. Joined tIzzy’s family has just moved to the most boring town in the country. But as time goes on, strange things start to happen; odd piles of stones appear around Izzy’s house, and her little sister Hen comes home full of stories about the witch next door. Then, Hen disappears into the woods. She’s been whisked away to the land of Faerie, and it’s up to Izzy to save her. Joined there by a band of outlaw Changelings, Izzy and her new friends set out on a joint search-and-rescue mission across this foreign land which is at turns alluringly magical and utterly terrifying....

Title : The Changelings
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Changelings Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-05-22 13:10

    Izzy's family just moved to Everton, a boring little town with nothing to do besides visit the local market, the Jiggly Goat. While waiting for her mother to pay for groceries, Izzy overhears the cashier say their new neighbor, Marion Malloy, is a witch. Izzy spends her afternoons spying on Mrs. Malloy, always careful to keep her distance, until the day her younger sister is lured into the forest behind Mrs. Malloy's house by a strange song. When her little sister goes missing and it appears Mrs. Malloy is to blame, Izzy abandons caution. She runs into the forest and discovers a doorway to another world where mythical creatures abound and her sister is being held captive. "Mom says she's not a witch," said Hen. "She says we should be nice to her, because she's just a lonely old lady." "So was the woman in the gingerbread house, but that didn't stop her from trying to eat Hansel and Gretel, did it?" What makes this book unique from all of the other child-finds-a-door-to-another-world stories is the inspiration taken from folklore. The book heavily blends the story of the Pied Piper with the lore of changelings, fairy children left in place of stolen human children. Now Izzy understood that humans and fairies were part of the same story and had been for thousands of years. The Exchange might be keeping two worlds connected, but even without it, Faerie and Earth were tied together. The author's portrayal of the faerie world is sufficiently magical with a balanced array of dazzling wonders and terrifying mythical creatures. Jugglers and fire-breathers and barefoot dancers whirled around her. She stared in wonder at the array of clothes for sale - bridal veils embroidered with morning dew, a hunting cloak the color of shadows, leather gloves that let you stick your hands straight into a fire and not get burned. There were booths hawking potions in glass bottles: Love Detangler, Colic Cure, Grump Reducer, Weed Shriveler. Magic infused everything Izzy saw. She saw their hands first. Long fingers, grey and gnarled like dead twigs, felt their way forward, groping constantly over the forest floor as if they had eyes at their tips. Their arms were stringy, nothing but gray skin and coarse hair stretched over bones. They lumbered slowly in full view, their backs hunched over like old men. Unfortunately, there's nothing special about Izzy. As a protagonist she's somewhat vanilla. Her motivation to save her sister registers as sincere, but the rest of her actions feel void of depth. She simply goes with the flow, rarely questioning the bizarre circumstances she finds herself in the midst of. The plot resolves itself far too conveniently, and much of the exposition is delivered via Izzy coming to sudden realizations. The Changelings is a sweet and simple tale about family and friendship.

  • Mare
    2019-04-25 16:02

    4.5 starsAfter reading the description I thought this will be a light children read I would rate with 4 stars but when I couldn't put it down after reading the first half of the book I knew it will suprise me more until the end. I can't wait for this book to be published so I can buy it for my niece, I am sure she will love it, since Izzy is so much like her. Now, I realise that these kind of books usually have boys as a protagonist, so it was one more pleasant suprise for me. Even if it's not your genre of book, give it a try.

  • Steven
    2019-05-12 10:11

    Fantastic!! Definitely a hard to put down eyes are blood shot from non-stop reading.

  • Laura
    2019-05-12 15:04

    I was disappointed. This started off in the first few chapters as being a modern story about changlings (children who are switched at birth by fairies). And there was a cool lady next door who knew about fairies because she was a changeling herself. Izzy's sister gets kidnapped by the fairies and so the two set off to rescue Hen. And that could have been a great story. But instead Mariam gets cast aside early on and Izzy continues the story with a bunch of other people and have to journey to Avalon. It was at that point that I got bored. (view spoiler)[the old lady comes in at the end of the story she is going to stay in fairy land and gives Izzy the key to her house in the human world. WTF (hide spoiler)]It basically turned into a journey book with a mix of lovable, surly and distrustful charters. There is even a Deux ex machine thrown in for good measure when all hope is lost. Reminds me of the first Wizard of Oz book. But if I had wanted to read that I would have. So probably good enough for middle schoolers but I'm sure there are other books out there they could enjoy more. Thanks to netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-06 11:21

    The Changelings is charming! Perfect for readers who love stories full of magic, adventure, mystery and fairies, topped off with a satisfying and very happy ending. (And who doesn't?) Soontornvat’s debut sparkles and delights.

  • Becca Smith
    2019-04-24 11:57

    I absolutely loved The Changelings! Wonderful plot and message, fantastic characters, and delightful twists and turns. Reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Alice In Wonderland, The Changelings is a great adventure story for young readers!

  • Scott Fillner
    2019-05-15 11:19

    This is a wonderful fantasy from a debut author. It has everything you want in MG fantasy: whimsy, adventure, twists and turns, strong well-developed characters, and many surprises! Each chapter has strong action and usually ends in suspense or some other cliffhanger, which makes it in-putdownable!I highly recommend this. I can't quite match it with any other books I've read other than to say pieces of it remind me of Fablehaven, Alice in Wonderland, and the Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles.

  • Kenzie Tuttle
    2019-05-02 17:59

    I received this book through Goodreads giveaway for an honest review.***Review may contain spoilers***5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book. It was a super fun read. It's a fairly light-hearted kids book about a group of misfits who save the fairy world from an evil queen. Although the plot is not all that new or unique, it really didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. The characters are very likable and I always love retellings of good fairy tales. It has some nice plot twists toward the end.I thought it had a bit of slow start, but really picked up once Izzy met up with the changelings.Peter was definitely my favorite character. He's charming and a bit sassy. I wish he would have been in the story more. (view spoiler)[I was so relieved to discover that he was really a good guy. I was a little worried he was going to meet a fate similar to Morvanna. (hide spoiler)]I think it's a wonderful book for late elementary school and middle school children, although adults with definitely enjoy it too. It's a fun way to incorporate old fairy tales into a modern story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  • Raina
    2019-05-18 17:11

    This was my featured Juvenile Fantasy for my Elementary school visits prior to SRP 2017. Girl discovers door to another world, goes there to rescue her sister. Meets magical friends, travels, discovers things about herself.Pretty run-of-the-mill world building, but loved the character work of the different changelings, and the questiness. A great introduction to the genre. The scary monsters were particularly notable as unusual. :)

  • Silvara Wilde
    2019-04-30 18:08

    Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I really liked how the story started off in the modern world, but with Izzy's fascination for faerie tales and folklore. Their next door neighbor is an old woman who is said to be a witch, and knows even more about the Fae than Izzy does.And then Hen is stolen away, and Izzy chases after her and falls down a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Only she ends up in a faerie realm. You know immediately that the bottle she takes from Mariam is going to be important in the story. But the way it's actually used was a complete surprise to me!I liked the scene where Izzy haggles for clothing, that was where I started to really like Dree. Selden annoyed me for a good bit of the book, but I ended up really liking him. He didn't annoy me for any bad reasons, just that he was a bit of a bratty older brother character, and so he picked on Izzy quite a bit. I also liked how close Izzy and Hen were. How you could tell how annoyed Izzy was by her little sister, but how much she loved her. And that the relationships between Izzy and the changelings grew over the course of their adventure.There was a lot of interesting magic in the book. I saw the twist at the end about the Queen, but it was still well done. I wish this was a first in a series though, because there's so much more I want to know about the world. And what all the characters do next. Enough is wrapped up that it is a good place for an ending. But I still would love to see more.If you like middle grade and fantasy, you need to read this book!This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

  • Bruce Gargoyle
    2019-05-21 18:16

    I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:Izzy and Hen are forced to move to their grandmother's old house in the most boring town in the universe, where their next-door neighbour is probably a witch. When Hen goes missing however, Izzy finds out that sometimes it pays to make friends with your (possibly witchy) neighbours.f you enjoy your standard down-the-rabbit-hole stories based in Celtic folklore then this will scratch your itch. The beginning of the tale is fairly typical for middle grade magical fare - kids move to a seemingly boring new home before discovering a magical world and being plunged into adventure - but there are so many interesting and quirky characters sprinkled throughout that the tropes can be overlooked a little. Our heroines are immediately split up of course, leading to a two-pronged narrative attack, with Izzy on one side and the kidnapped Hen on the other, and historical, cultural and (magically) political motives coming into play. Overall, this is a fun romp with some likable and unexpected characters, plenty of humour and exactly the sort of derring-do you would expect from a pair of kids lost in the land of faerie.

  • Devyn
    2019-05-01 18:21

    I received this book from Goodreads.What a wonderful family oriented read!The Changelings is full of wonder, danger, adventure, magic, loyalty, and one very hard decision at the end.It is loosely based off of well known fairy tales, some hard to spot. I had a blast while reading this book as I came across familiar themes from other tales.There was a few things that were left unanswered. My biggest curiosity was the parents reaction when the children came back. I would have loved to have read about that.And, also, who would care for Tom's sheep?Anyway, great read. Finished it the very day I picked it up. Wouldn't mind a sequel...

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-05-11 17:19

    The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat is a delightful children's story that will keep kids reading until the end. The story is filled with magical creatures, fantasy, adventure, a witch that kidnaps one of the sisters and the other is off to track her down, and an evil Queen. The book draws the reader into another world where strange is normal. Kids will find this fascinating, probably a little more than I did since reading as an adult one looses some of the silliness. The book is funny with well developed characters, and likeable characters, even the bad guys of the book are not all bad. Plot is great. I received this book for a honest review for NetGalley.

  • Enchantressdebbicat ☮
    2019-04-29 14:12

    This is a very clever and entertaining middle grade read. I enjoyed the characters and story line and I would definitely recommend it to students. Whimsical and charming. The adventure includes witches, fairies, shape-shifters, magic, and makes for great fantasy. Many thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a digital copy to read in exchange for a review. I will be looking for the upcoming children's book by this author.

  • Donna Fernstrom
    2019-05-09 14:19

    A cute book suitable for tweens and young teens. If your kids like Harry Potter, they'll probably like 'Changelings.' Very well developed characters, a richly described world, and just a hint of the spookiness of faerie. Does have some violence.

  • Carrie Adair
    2019-05-02 17:59

    Review coming soon.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-05-07 14:07

    Sisterhood, and FamilyThis book was a pleasant surprise across the board. No, I wasn't surprised that it was well written, or even that it was nicely paced, with a careful mix of action, exposition, whimsy, world building, and plot development. I wasn't even surprised that the heroine was as engaging, thoughtful and stouthearted as she turned out to be, or that the tale was loaded with quirky and interesting supporting characters.No, I was surprised by how well the faerie angle was handled, and how interesting the characters' ability to shape shift turned out to be.In urban fantasy it seems it's always faerie war and conflict. Modern faerie stories are often violent and like Game of Thrones with pixie dust. Older faerie stories are often too la-la-la in the garden as we dance among the dewdrops. Don't get me started on "dark" fantasy in which changeling babies sneak out of their cribs at night in order to eat the family pet. So, a book that tied faeries together with humans, and showed a magical, exciting and interesting faerie world was a nice touch. It was tart, with suspense and peril, but the faeries weren't scary/creepy psychos. This was set in a more mellow middle ground that allowed for action and adventure but wasn't sappy or unsettlingly dark.Same for the changelings. Lots of books out there seize on shape shifting as a way to avoid character development or to skip over plot holes. Shape shifting should be a means to an end, or an interesting aspect of a character's larger presence, not just a magic trick that fills in the dull spots. Again, in this book we hit a nice balance that makes this interesting without overwhelming the book.And, at bottom, this isn't really about faeries or shape shifting. It starts and ends on the theme of sibling love and affection and loyalty. Our heroine does everything she does for love of her younger sister, and this concern and duty runs through the entire book and informs all of the most dramatic developments. Along the same lines, family - ones we're born into, ones we find, and ones we create - is an essential and consistent element of the story. None of this is preachy or ham fisted. And I don't think good middle grade books need to have "messages". But it is nice, every now and then, to have an exciting, but also calm and warm, tale that reminds one of the virtues of family. This was a mellow find.(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Cathy
    2019-05-21 10:00

    This is a charming middle grade novel. Izzy has never felt that she fit in. Now that her family has moved, she feels isolated with only the company of her 7 year old sister, Hen. When Hen disappears into the woods following the sound of a haunting tune, Izzy finds herself drawn into the faerie world. In order to save her sister, she acquires the most astounding group of reluctant allies. I will definitely share this title with my students. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  • Betsy Pauzauskie
    2019-04-27 16:05

    I enjoy reading books that my middle-grade granddaughter likes or might like. (Then, discussing and bonding over the plot with her.) Thus, when I noticed this author's book in a Goodreads Giveaway I entered & was fortunate enough to have won a copy. WOW, the story was AMAZING! Not having read much about fairies, I was surprised and delighted with this endearing story. And, it was nice to see a girl in an adventure role.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-24 13:10

    I was pleasantly surprised with this read! A great debut from Christina Soontornvat and if this is what we have to look forward to from her, I am all in!This is a great read with tons of twists and turns that keep you longing to read the next chapter. Such great writing that kept you on the edge of your seat and wondering what was going to happen next. I think this one id going to be a big hit with young readers as well and I can't wait to share it with my daughter!

  • Isaac Moss
    2019-05-02 12:05

    It's an AWESOME BOOK! She get trapped in fairy world and learn that people called changelings change places with humans,She found a group of changelings that are trying to survive under the rule of a new evil queen.she helps out the changelings and kills the queen who turns out to be a woman who was taken to fairy land when she exchanged places with a changeling as a baby, She saved the changelings that were captured and **HUGE SPOILER**Izzy turned out to be a changeling who switched as a baby

  • Sarah
    2019-04-27 18:08

    This was a fast-paced adventure fantasy that I enjoyed. I liked the exploration of the relationship between the sisters. I liked Izzy finding friends among the Changelings. There is continuous action that keeps you flipping the pages. While I thought the story was nicely self-contained, I'm not displeased to hear a sequel will be out this fall.Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy, which I acquired many moons ago and have just now shamefacedly read.

  • Erin Logan
    2019-05-06 10:14

    A kid discovers a hidden world of changelings after being fed stories about her neighbor being a witch. This was a cute little book, and I can think of a few sixth graders who would like it. The cover, in my opinion, isn't very appealing.

  • Marie
    2019-05-02 11:08

    Read this to Tyler. He seemed to enjoy it — especially the second half as we got closer to the end. The rating is based purely on the book not captivating my attention and curiosity. Just not my thing.

  • Scott Vincent
    2019-04-28 13:02

    A fun, imaginative story about friendships and family. I enjoyed following Izzy into the magical fairy world through a portal, and how the story connected with the real world and historical folklore.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-21 17:58

    A little predictable but still a fun solid novel. Could be a stand alone but there is a possibility for more

  • Laura
    2019-05-04 17:25

    Pleasant, fast, interesting; I liked the three friends our heroine makes, and would like to meet them again.

  • Maria Melissa
    2019-05-09 16:07

    4.5 out of 5 stars.I really love this book. It gives me everything I could ask for in a middle grade book.❤️

  • Patricia Kaniasty
    2019-05-20 13:11

    This was a very enchanting and fairytale like story. With wonderful characters, this story kept you turning the pages. I loved Lug and even Morvanna. Full of excitement, friendship and dreams of a child. A must read for all lovers of fairies.

  • Nathaniel Hardman
    2019-05-12 12:10

    Witches, goblins, fairies, elves – these are fairy-tale creatures that have endured and become a staple in our fiction for centuries. Partly that’s due to Disney, who kept dipping into the Grimm well (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas (jk)), but it’s also Christmas traditions and bedtime stories and old books and any number of things. Whatever the reason, if I say, “That flower looks like a fairy,” to my six-year-old daughter, she knows what I’m talking about, never mind that fairies aren’t real and shouldn’t be a valid frame of reference. These fantasy beings have become real to us.Changelings, on the other hand, seem to be in a different, less-familiar class, and I wonder if it’s because their mythos is so inherently CREEPY. This idea that you put your baby to sleep at night, and when you get her in the morning, she’s different. She may look the same, but she’s NOT the same. Your baby is gone, replaced by this THING masquerading as a human child. That is the stuff of real nightmares, the kind of thing parents wake up from in a cold sweat, and not the sort of story I tell my kids at bedtime.I give that as preface to my review because one of the things I enjoyed most about Christina Soontornvat’s The Changelings was the tone – fun and exciting as you would expect for a middle-grade, but also at times dark and truly creepy. The tone fit the subject, and I appreciated that.Take this scene from early in the book: a girl hears a haunting tune playing in the forest and walks out to investigate. She gets turned around, lost, and then falls and hits her head. When she wakes up, she’s in a strange house. She sits up and looks around, and she finds…Are you ready for it?Pictures of her, all over the house.Isn’t that just the creepiest possible payoff for that setup? I love that.Consider also the villain – a witch who’s constantly picking at the skin of her thumb, so it’s often oozing blood. Just gives you goosebumps, it’s so icky.Or how about the scene where two characters are in a dusty, abandoned manor, and they keep getting snagged in cobwebs. Then the cobwebs start wrapping tighter and tighter around them, tripping their legs, pin down their arms and seize them forever. Great sinister stuff there.The story, by the way, is standard middle-grade fare: eleven-year-old Izzy’s little sister is abducted (by the Pied Piper!) and taken to Faerie, and Izzy needs to get her back. She is joined on her quest by a trio of changelings who for one reason or other didn’t fit in on Earth and so have returned to their homeland.I won’t spoil it beyond that, but I will say that it’s a quest story, and our heroine must face down goblins, monsters, an evil queen, and her own personal demons in order to reclaim her sister. Her traveling companions go from unwilling associations to reluctant allies to fast friends. Basically, it’s a fun adventure, and while it feels a little familiar, I was genuinely wrapped up in wanting to see how it all turned out.I am also happy to report that the prose is clean and uncluttered, and the editing/polish is very good. At the sentence level, it’s a well-written book, and that goes a long way for my enjoyment.So all in all, it’s a solid, engaging middle-grade fantasy. With its slightly darker tone, it stands out among other MG’s this year and gives fair treatment to its subject. I’m recommending it to my nine-to-fourteen-year-old nieces and nephews.Review first appeared on the Nerdy Book Club here.Final note: This book gets bonus points because the author's last name sounds like the kind of false identity a sitcom character would make up on the fly: "What's my name? Oh, I have a name, and I'll give it to you... soon.""Your name is Soon?""Yes. No, uh..." [notices hole in jeans] "Soontorn..." [sees obese man walk by] "...fat. Vat. Soontornvat. Yep, that's my name. Soontornvat."Nothing would make me happier than to find out that this conversation actually occurred between Christina and her editor.