First best part of the story -- it's not the end. There's a sequel: The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen. Just came out -- also good.
Second best -- this is a book about the power of story, and very much about the bewildering situation of stepping outside of (to you, perhaps to everybody) arbitrary rules for behavior. What do you do once you've breached the line, put yourself outside, become the 'wierd thing'?
Neef has one of many excellent answers. Ever since I read it back when it came out and people ask me what it's like to be an adult person with autism in today's society -- "You have to assume that you aren't going to fit in, and do an awful lot of thinking, but you can indeed love and be loved, protect and be protected, and in general find yourself part of the story from here on in."
That's Neef's story -- a very witty allegory.
Very pleasant, light read. A witty and sage reminder of how blessed we are by the "mundane".
fun, but no strong sense of jeopardy, so no strong tension.
Neef is human who was switched at birth with a fairy and brought into New York between to become the Changeling of Central Park. She's is an overly curious child and soon becomes aware of a Solstice dance that occurs every year that she somehow always misses. Neef loves to dance and wants very badly to go. She realizes that she has been given a sleeping potion on the previous nights of the dance. She quickly finds a way around that and on the night of the dance, she sneaks down to it. There she causes a ruckous and the Green Lady of the Park states that she was forbidden to attend the dance and must be banished. If she is banished, she will be left for the Wild Hunt who waits in anticipation to get there hands (or claws) on her. She ends up making a deal (with the help of the Pooka)to go on a quest to obtain 3 objects to appease the Green Lady. On her quest she is accompanied by the fairy that was left in her place. Although they look alike, they are very different. They become close during there quest and realize each other's differences are good in their own way.
This was a great book that teaches many different morals. I recommend it highly.