Synopses & Reviews
Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in "New York Between," a parallel Manhattan of elves, fairies, demons, and mythological spirits. Neef has always been protected by her (rat) nursemaid,Astris, until she winds up breaking Fairy Law. Now, unless she can meet the challenge of the Lady of Central Park, she'll be sacrificed to the bloodthirsty Wild Hunt. But Neef is a native New Yorker, streetwise and sharp, and she's determined to beat the rap. The acclaimed Delia Sherman's first novel for younger readers turns both Manhattan and storytelling inside out!
"[Sherman] has created believable parallels, both literal and metaphorical, between the mortal and the enchanted worlds and has created for her readers a fascinating alternate world in which to envision the New York that seems so mysterious yet enchanting to outsiders and insiders alike." Children's Literature
"Readers will love the feisty, irrepressibly optimistic Neef, delight in the sheer cleverness of the story, and never look at New York in the same way again." School Library Journal
"I love it: contemporary fantasy with plenty of urban hipness and a girl hero who thinks on her feet!" Tamora Pierce
A determined heroine, a quest? adventure galore!
Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in ?New York Between,? a Manhattan that exists side by side with our own, home to various creatures of folklore. Neef has always been protected by her fairy godmother?until she breaks a Fairy Law. Now, unless she can meet the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park, she?ll be sacrificed! Neef is determined to beat the rap?but time is running out . . .
About the Author
Neef first appeared in Delia Sherman's story CATNYP, which was reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Seventeenth Annual Collection. She, like Neef, is a native New Yorker.