Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. ~W.B. Yeats
We need more Ivys in the world. There are plenty of Marthas; I would say that most of us have felt like Martha – been Martha. But I’d wager that there are not enough of us in this world full of weeping that have felt like Ivy – out of place yet at home, strange yet sure, untrained yet skilled. Published in 1970, Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Changeling is more than a coming of age story, although that theme is in itself reason enough to read the book. The Changeling is a glimpse at “The Way Things are Supposed to Be” and “What Happens When They Aren’t.” Ivy,wild and odd is the perfect foil for timid and tearful Marty…
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