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Changeling Places
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Changing babies just got a whole new meaning…
Novel Information
Written by

Micol Ostow

Published by

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

ISBN Number

0-7434-6252-1

Timeline

Season 5

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Changeling Places is the 29th book of Charmed novels.

The novel is set between Season 5 episodes "Necromancing the Stone" and "Oh My Goddess! Part 1". Phoebe has just declined Jason's offer to move to Hong Kong, and Leo is still a Whitelighter.

Summary

Rock-a-bye baby, in the elf lair—
Shapeshifters took you,
pretending to care.
If someone can save you,
the Charmed Ones can—
Rock-a-bye baby, don't leave again.

Piper is trying to be her usual super-witch self and do it all—run P3, take care of her newborn son, Wyatt, and, of course, save Innocents. Her first week back at work is hard—leaving Wyatt at his day care center makes Piper feel like she's abandoning her son. At least Paige has taken a temp job there, and Wyatt seems perfectly content and safe.

But is he? Piper notices that Wyatt's acting strange, not eating or sleeping according to his normal schedule. Phoebe thinks the baby is just going through a stage, but Piper is not convinced. Several of the center's other charges have been exhibiting the same behavior, and some parents are pulling their children from the center's care. After one toddler asks Paige, "Did they take them because they're the wrong babies?" the sisters discover that someone's swapping babies all over San Francisco. The Charmed Ones spring into action, because not only is Wyatt the most magical being on the planet, but he's also a Halliwell… and nobody messes with the Halliwells!

Characters

Major

Support

Minor

  • Natalie: A child who gave Paige a much-needed clue.
  • Devon: A child.
  • Jonathan: A child.
  • Garrett: Part-time manager of P3.
  • Simon: A 7-month-old infant.
  • Dylan: A child.
  • Betsy: An infant.
  • Michael: An infant.
  • Caleb: The elf infant replacing Simon.
  • Samuel: The elf infant replacing Wyatt.
  • Regan: A five-year-old child with freckled skin and red hair.

Magical Notes

Spells

To Reveal the Unseen

Forces of darkness,
Forces of light,
Pull back the curtain
To reveal what is right.

The Power of Three Spell

The Power of Three will set us free.

Binding Spell

Magic creatures of the woods,
Rose against the cause of good.
To help our kind in this dire hour,
We witches bind these certain powers!

Notes and Trivia

  • This novel features the term "changeling", an ancient Irish folklore where a human child is replaced with a magical one, generally an elf or a fairy.