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The changeover / Margaret Mahy.

By: Mahy, Margaret.
Contributor(s): McLean, Gill.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London : Collins, 2003Description: 285 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0007155018 (pbk.).Other title: Change over.Subject(s): Supernatural -- Fiction | Witches -- Fiction | Young adult fictionGenre/Form: Young adult fiction, New Zealand. DDC classification: NZ823.2 Summary: When her baby brother seems to become possessed by an evil spirit, fourteen-year-old Laura seeks the help of a strangely compelling older boy at school who she is convinced has supernatural powers.
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<p>Carnegie medal-winning supernatural romance from Margaret Mahy.</p> <p>The face in the mirror. From the moment she saw it, Laura Chant knwe that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasnâe(tm)t the first time sheâe(tm)d been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother âe" and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse.<br> <br> There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisleâe¦</p>

Novel for young adults by a New Zealander.

Includes postscript by author written in July 2003.

"First published in Great Britain by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd 1984"--T.p. verso.

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

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Publishers Weekly Review

Haunting, funny and romantic, this Carnegie Medal winner chronicles Laura's efforts to save her brother from a decidedly evil spirit. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Laura determines to use her latent supernatural powers to save her adored younger brother, who has fallen under the spell of the evil demon, Carmody Braque.

Kirkus Book Review

Again, as in The Haunting (1982), New Zealand writer Mahy proves that all-out supernatural stories can still be written with intelligence, humor, and a fearful intensity that never descends into pretentious murk or lurid sensationalism. Laura, 14, living with divorced Mum (a bookstore manager) and little brother Jacko in a small New Zealand town, is a ""sensitive."" She gets ""warnings"" when big disturbances--like her parents' divorce--are imminent. She has the ability to take one look at older schoolmate Sorensen Carlisle and know that he's a witch. And when an old junk-store owner named Carmody Braque playfully stamps Jacko's hand with a smiling replica of Braque's own face, it's Laura who soon realizes that something ghastly has happened: ""the stamp was part of him now, more than a tattoo--a sort of parasite picture tunneling its way deeper and deeper, feeding itself as it went."" Jacko falls ill, then becomes seriously, mysteriously sick, wasting away, comatose, in a hospital bed. Laura's distraught mother, now growing closer to a librariansuitor, can't even listen to her daughter's ideas about the supernatural causes of Jacko's decline. So Laura desperately turns for help to ""Sorry"" Carlisle, who lives in a forbidding ancestral manse with his mother and grandmother--good witches who tried (in vain) to give Sorry a normal life away from magic. At first the Carlisles are cautious, distant, slow to admit their witchly powers; Sorry, deeply ambivalent about witch-hood, is sarcastic, sexually teasing. But eventually they agree to guide Laura in her battle for Jacko's life against Carmody Braque, a demon who must feed on human souls and bodies. The first step? Laura must make the ""changeover"" into witch-hood--something her psychic sensibility makes possible. (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 glasses and stamping his hand with a sign of her power. And finally, after Braque's Oz-style annihilation (""he continued to change back through the centuries of stolen life until his clothes collapsed around what at first appeared to be a rotting, heaving mass""), Laura can celebrate Jacko's recovery--and her own recovery from ""a secret illness no one had ever completely recognized or been able to cure"": the post-divorce hatred of her father, the jealousy of her mother's new boyfriend. Mahy thus invests the occult evils here with a metaphorical, psychological undertow; at the same time, however, while filling out all the characters (including the witches) with textured charm, she never stints on thoroughgoing creeps and scares. In sum: the best supernatural YA fiction around, with Stephen King power and Mahy's own class and polish. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.