The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder – Review by Emily Rozmus

Nerdy Book Club

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

The ChangelingWe 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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