Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Changeling
The Changeling
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
218 pages
NetGalley- Open Road Young Readers
December 2012 (1970)

Book Jacket Summary
Ivy and Martha are not ordinary friends, Ivy is changeling with supernatural powers—or is she?

Martha is incredibly unpopular. She’s overweight, buck-toothed, and shy. Ivy is an outcast. Her family lives on the outskirts of town amid a field of derelict orchards. But starting in second grade, the girls form a bond that allows them to take control of their own lives. It all begins when Ivy tells Martha that she is no ordinary girl: She claims she’s a changeling, switched with the real Ivy at birth. With the strength of Ivy’s friendship, Martha becomes more confident and sure of herself. And through their bond, Ivy gains the normalcy she needs, away from life with her tumultuous family. When the two girls play, they enter an elaborate fantasy world all their own. But when the real world threatens to split them apart, their friendship becomes more important than ever. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

My Thoughts
Martha is the odd one out of her family. They are all beautiful, out going, and popular while Martha is not any of these things. Yet she is not the changeling of the supposed story in this book. Enter Ivy, she is small, brave, imaginative but comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Martha and Ivy becomes the best of friends and throughout the years. They let their imagination fly in the woods on the outskirts of town. Ivy always claims to be a changeling in a family of crooks and jailbirds. They are constantly on the move but always comes back when Martha needs her most.
I really wish I could go back in time and hand this book to a younger me or maybe I am being nostalgic for my own awkward days. I could totally relate with Martha, the shy crybaby who was on the outskirts of friendships. I also had a huge horse phase but was only able to have two weeks of horse camp each summer.
Going into this I thought it would be a fantasy but instead it is a coming of age story. Instead this book is about a friendship that withstood much hardship and the magic it can create within us. Martha and Ivy are going to joing Judy, from Daddy Long Legs, as favorite characters to watch grow up from the pages of a book.
Also, the game Tree People that Martha and Ivy play is the inspiration that Synder used to create a fantasy series. Must go do some research on where to find those! No problem reading the book even though it was written in the 1970's. Synder does a wonderful job making the book universal in setting. I highly recommend this one!   

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