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changeling

a child believed to have been exchanged by fairies for the parents' true child
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It becomes harder and harder to find children unattended and their band of half humans/ half changelings is decimated by accident and choice.
Basing his debut novel on the old European myth of changelings, Keith Donohue offers a magical, heartbreaking, and beautifully written story about growing up and losing one's childhood innocence.
He was firmly convinced of the existence of fairies, claiming to have seen them himself, so he also believed in changelings.
Clearly, many disabled children, perhaps autistic or with Down's Syndrome, were once presumed to be changelings.
The fairies were also thought to substitute sickly fairy offspring for healthy human babies: according to George Puttenham, nurses believed "that the Fayries use to steale the fairest children out of their cradles, and put other ill favoured in their places, which they called changelings, or Elfs" (173).
Fairies and the Folklore of Disability: Changelings, Hybrids, and the Solitary Fairy.
In this suspenseful episode, Captain Sisko and his crew embark on a dangerous mission to expose the Klingon leader Gowron as a Changeling who has provoked a war between the Federation and the Klingon empire.
Legends of children being stolen and replaced with changelings are the basis for Donohue's engrossing and compelling fantasy.
Changelings are usually hidden in asylums, but Annalise leads a charmed life in upper crust London society.