The Changeover


The Changeover is a novel I read as an adult that I would have loved as a teen. Alas, by the time it was published in the UK I’d moved on from the children’s library with its solitary shelf of ‘teen’ books to the adult section.

One of Mahy’s Carnegie medal winners along with the Haunting, this is the story of Laura Chant and her efforts to save her younger brother from the evil Carmody Braque. To do this Laura has to change over, to transform into something other: a witch.

She does this with the help of Sorenson Carlisle, an older boy at her school and his mother and grandmother–all three of whom are witches. To all intents and purposes, the book could be classified as a YA paranormal romance but it’s about so much more: becoming a woman, becoming a man, love and hate, prejudice and families.

Laura is of mixed heritage, though not much is made of this in the book and as far as I can remember, her heritage plays no part in Laura’s supernatural abilities.

I note that a new film is in production and cheered to see a young actress of indigenous heritage (Erana James) has been chosen to play Laura. The setting is now a quake-devastated Christchurch.

The Firefly Productions website has a teaser trailer here


About g.r.del

reading, writing and the rest. @storyvilled on twitter.
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