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Feral Child

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Feral Child

Mad!  That’s the best way to describe 13-year-old Maddy.  She’s mad and she’s heartbroken because the whole world as she knows it is upside down.  Her parents died tragically more than a year ago, and they have left a major hole in her life.  Now, uprooted from her home in London, Maddy is living with her grandparents in Blarney, Ireland.  She’s surrounded by cousins who don’t like her and she doesn’t like them either. In fact, she doesn’t like anything about her situation.  She is, plain and simple, mad!
 
Her Granda’s stories of faeries have been entertaining, but even those have worn thin for her. The brightest light in her life comes with being with little 3-year old Stephen who lives down the street.  His sweet spirit brings a smile to her lips.  But, it will take more than Stephen to help her feel good again.  How can she change her life?
 
THE FERAL CHILD is the first of a trilogy and readers can look forward to exploring more of the enchanted, mysterious world of the faerie.
 
After an especially tough day, Maddy takes her Granda’s dog, George, for a walk.  She is intrigued by the nearby old castle that has been a popular tourist attraction; Granda, who works as a gatekeeper for the castle, has told plenty of stories about the faeries, sprites and spirits that dwell there.    When George suddenly sees a rabbit and takes off, Maddy’s life changes forever --- she meets her first real faeirie and it’s not at all what you would imagine.
 
Not just anyone can see faeries, but Maddy, like her Granda, can. Maybe those “stories” weren’t just stories after all.  When she tells Granda what happened he doesn’t seem that concerned, but he does warn her again that there are dangers involved and that there are strict rules which must be followed.  Neither he nor Maddy anticipate that little Stephen will be “taken.”  Even worse, when Stephen is found, Maddy knows right away that a Changeling has replaced him. Now nothing will keep her from getting him back, though she cannot know the terrors that lurk in Tir na nOg (a faerie land said to lie beneath Ireland).  The other amazing thing is that she unexpectedly has the company of her two cousins Roisin and Danny.  The three children, along with George, enter into the forbidden faerie land, but can they ever come out? 
 
Che Golden brings us a world of dark mischief, great evil and some of the strangest creatures imaginable.  An excellent glossary at the end provides good information on the magical beings the children encounter.  THE FERAL CHILD is the first of a trilogy and readers can look forward to exploring more of the enchanted, mysterious world of the faerie.  Also check out the author’s web page for fun facts about this gifted writer and where she gets her inspiration. Like Maddy, once you are captured by these enchantments, you will just have to go again.

Reviewed by Sally Tibbets on July 7, 2014

Feral Child
by Che Golden

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Genres: Children's, Fantasy
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • ISBN-10: 0857383795
  • ISBN-13: 9780857383792