Changeover by Margaret Mahy
A Supernatural Romance

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When her baby brother seems to become possessed by an evil spirit, fourteen-year-old Laura seeks the help of the strangely compelling older boy at school who she is convinced has supernatural powers.

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76.
Published January 1, 1984 by J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd. 220 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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(The visionary ritual involved is a perfect mix of the chilling and the comic, with Laura taking pot-shots at the poor literary quality of Sorry's chants.) Then, with moral support from Sorry, Laura must have a one-on-one confrontation with demon Braque, hiding her new witch-hood behind dark glas...

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Haunting, funny and romantic, this Carnegie Medal winner chronicles Laura's efforts to save her brother from a decidedly evil spirit.

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Summary: A mix of teenage life, fantasy and folk tale and absolutely bristling with tension, this is a book that will be read over and over again.

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Fantasy Literature

Mahy is a master storyteller, with a firm grasp of imagery and without a single wasted or superfluous word, in which Laura’s mundane life is just as fascinating as the mysterious world of the Carlisle witches (of course it is, it wouldn’t be worth fighting for if it wasn’t).

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