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Changeling: The Oddmire, Book One


Series
The Oddmire

written and illustrated by
William Ritter

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Workman Publishing
Imprint
Algonquin
ISBN
9781616208394
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Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are.

In The Oddmire 1: Changeling, the New York Times bestselling author of the Jackaby series brings to life a bold new adventure, the first in a series about monsters, magic, and mayhem.

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Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

[Fic]

AR

4.9: points 7

Lexile

710L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

11

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Family. Siblings. Action and adventure. Fantasy and magic. Changelings. Twins. Brothers. Goblins.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Two brothers, Tinn and Cole, raised as twins by their mother on the edge of the Wild Wood, grew up with rumors that one of them is actually a goblin changeling brought to the human world to be exchanged for a human child. The boys are inseparable and take great pleasure in fatiguing their mom with their wild antics. One day, however, Tinn and Cole receive a letter saying that the changeling must return to the goblin horde or everything in the Wild Wood will die. And so begins their quest to save the horde (and themselves), and stave off the “lots of death” promised in the letter sent to them. Along the way they meet all manner of magical creatures and travel through a part of American folklore resting on the edge of unbelievable. Fans of Michael Buckley’s “Sisters Grimm” novels will delight in this fast-paced, page-turning fantasy. Those who love the magical universe will look forward to reading the young adult “Jackaby” series by the same author. A must-buy for any collection and a title that will lead readers to other classic titles used as source material.

Horn Book

Annie Burton had given birth to one baby, but now there are two: twins. Goblins, the townspeople whisper; the new one surely was a changeling meant to have replaced the real baby. Unruffled, Annie raises Tinn and Cole in a home full of warmth and love, their lives uneventful. Until the eve of the twins’ thirteenth birthday, when Kull, the goblin who bungled the original switch, lures them into the Wild Wood, where only a changeling can stop the ebbing away of magic that has been happening there for years. Agreeing to help, the boys trek through the Oddmire swamp and into the terrifying Deep Dark, acquiring companions along the way. Ritter (author of the Holmesian steampunk Jackaby series for teens) has created a riveting adventure set in a fully realized magical world that feels both timeless and of today. Major and minor characters are well rounded; even the most villainous among them have backstories that evoke readers’ sympathy. Alongside the requisite courage and fraternal bond of the hero twins is a lovely theme of maternal love that weaves throughout; in this fairy tale, mothers don’t passively stay home but are fierce and ready to take action. Vivid writing makes for moments of humor, pathos, and suspense. Readers with a taste for quests and excitement, all contained in a not-overly-scary package, will gobble up this first in a series and then eagerly await book two.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Two brothers, Tinn and Cole, raised as twins by their mother on the edge of the Wild Wood, grew up with rumors that one of them is actually a goblin changeling brought to the human world to be exchanged for a human child. The boys are inseparable and take great pleasure in fatiguing their mom with their wild antics. One day, however, Tinn and Cole receive a letter saying that the changeling must return to the goblin horde or everything in the Wild Wood will die. And so begins their quest to save the horde (and themselves), and stave off the “lots of death” promised in the letter sent to them. Along the way they meet all manner of magical creatures and travel through a part of American folklore resting on the edge of unbelievable. Fans of Michael Buckley’s “Sisters Grimm” novels will delight in this fast-paced, page-turning fantasy. Those who love the magical universe will look forward to reading the young adult “Jackaby” series by the same author. A must-buy for any collection and a title that will lead readers to other classic titles used as source material.

Horn Book

Annie Burton had given birth to one baby, but now there are two: twins. Goblins, the townspeople whisper; the new one surely was a changeling meant to have replaced the real baby. Unruffled, Annie raises Tinn and Cole in a home full of warmth and love, their lives uneventful. Until the eve of the twins’ thirteenth birthday, when Kull, the goblin who bungled the original switch, lures them into the Wild Wood, where only a changeling can stop the ebbing away of magic that has been happening there for years. Agreeing to help, the boys trek through the Oddmire swamp and into the terrifying Deep Dark, acquiring companions along the way. Ritter (author of the Holmesian steampunk Jackaby series for teens) has created a riveting adventure set in a fully realized magical world that feels both timeless and of today. Major and minor characters are well rounded; even the most villainous among them have backstories that evoke readers’ sympathy. Alongside the requisite courage and fraternal bond of the hero twins is a lovely theme of maternal love that weaves throughout; in this fairy tale, mothers don’t passively stay home but are fierce and ready to take action. Vivid writing makes for moments of humor, pathos, and suspense. Readers with a taste for quests and excitement, all contained in a not-overly-scary package, will gobble up this first in a series and then eagerly await book two.

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