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The author of the book: Micol Ostow
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN: 1416901221
ISBN 13: 9781416901228
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 958 KB
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In this 2005 book based on the TV series "Charmed," Piper and Phoebe Halliwell, with their half-sister, Paige Matthews, are three incredibly powerful witches who live together in the family house in San Francisco. Piper is married to Leo, a Whitelighter (a guardian angel for witches and other upstanding folk). She runs a nightclub called P3. They have a son, Wyatt, who is a babe in arms. Phoebe is actively involved in her "Ask Phoebe" column at the fictional Bay Mirror newspaper, and is dating her boss, Jason, who mercifully spends a lot of time in Hong Kong. Paige is working a temp job at a day care center.

Piper has decided to return to work following Wyatt's birth. She feels guilt, but since Leo is on call 24 hours a day, she relents to Paige's suggestion of letting her take him to the day care where she works. Wyatt won't be the only infant, Paige assures her. There's a trained R.N. Besides, he'll be with family! Would Paige suggest anything that would in any way be bad for Wyatt?

When she gets to the club, she finds chaos. Invoices haven't been paid, supplies haven't been maintained, and somehow no one bothered to book a band for Saturday night. She feels unfocused and a bit overwhelmed. But rather than taking charge—this is her business, after all—she decides to stay home a while longer after the current crises have been averted. This is against the advice Leo offers of “easing” in, and common sense of going in and managing stuff when the club is closed and maybe leaving the baby at home with her sisters at night to keep the help from dipping into the till too often. It's not even necessary to the plot. So why does author Ostow have her do it? Got me.

Unfortunately for all involved, the day care center where Paige works just happens to be the place where Caitlyn, a nanny to a colony of elves living in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, has decided to swap human babies with elf babies. If there were any doubt about that, the reader is introduced to the R.N at the day care center, diminutive Katie Whitesmith. But Caitlyn is really making the best of a bad deal. Mya, a bounty hunter for some unnamed underworld power, has given her three days to furnish infants for an army that underworld power wants to raise. She's talked the bounty hunter into believing that humans—taller, stronger than elves—would be better for the job.

Piper notices Wyatt behaving oddly. Usually he doesn't fuss much, now he becomes a human air raid siren in every store she takes him. She doesn't seem to be able to comfort him. He's not sleeping through the night. The same day that Katie quits the day care center without notice, parents start calling, saying their children are also behaving oddly. They have the feeling it may involve the center, and withdraw their children, much to the puzzlement and dismay of Dori, Paige's boss, who owns it.

In the meantime, the sisters debate such heady issues as whether infants have personalities or not. Phoebe agonizes over her advice column in such a way that I had to wonder if she is the right person for the job after all.

The deception is uncovered, demon butt is duly kicked, and the elves are punished for their part in the affair. This struck me as a bit unusual since supernatural “good” creatures in the franchise might be blown off or dismissed, but never punished. The elves, however, seem to be quite unrepentant with respect to the child swapping, so maybe they deserve what they get—which is permanent.

This is one of the shortest of the “Charmed” books I've come across, but at the same time it seemed one of the most long-winded. The actions of so many of the characters just didn't make sense. Only Paige seemed to be contemplating more than her own belly button. So while this one wasn't awful, I didn't enjoy it and can't recommend it.


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Ebook Changeling Places read Online! Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel FAMILY, which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her School Library Journal-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy. Micol's graphic novel, SO PUNK ROCK (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Her young adult horror novel, AMITY, will release from Egmont in August 2014, and her first chapter book series, LOUISE TRAPEZE, will debut in Spring 2015 from Random House.

She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, alongside her Emmy Award-winning husband, their daughter, and a finicky French bulldog. Visit her at www.micolostow.com.


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