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Trouble is brewing in Karibu and Gogo Maya and her leopard are about to make matters worse. Their risky ‘switching’ trick has jettisoned them right out of the secret realm, sucking a teenager from the ordinary world into the mess they left behind them.Ethan Flynn is pretty useless in the African bush but at least he knows how to do CPR . . . and that’s when he finds out yoTrouble is brewing in Karibu and Gogo Maya and her leopard are about to make matters worse. Their risky ‘switching’ trick has jettisoned them right out of the secret realm, sucking a teenager from the ordinary world into the mess they left behind them.Ethan Flynn is pretty useless in the African bush but at least he knows how to do CPR . . . and that’s when he finds out you shouldn’t do it on a witch. The one he just rescued from drowning says she switched places with his cousin and now Ethan has sucked up all her magical powers, leaving her too weak to switch back again. It must be true. Joe has vanished into thin air, Ethan’s feeling all unhinged, and the old woman’s leopard is communicating its thoughts straight into his head. . . . alarming thoughts about teaming up with fearsome characters and traveling into dark places; disturbing thoughts about Joe in terrible danger unless Ethan learns to use the magic in time to rescue him.That’s if Ethan himself can survive . . ....

Title : Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu
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ISBN : 16051548
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Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu Reviews

  • Bob Atkinson
    2019-02-14 19:46

    ‘Switch’ by Karen Prince is a fine example of how writers will often take their own familiar environment and transform it into a wonderland inhabited by beings of myth and imagination. Whether it’s vampires in New York or London, ghosts in Glen Laragain, or here, as in this case, witches, shape shifters and magic pools in the jungle of Zimbabwe.What begins as a camping trip in the Zimbabwean jungle soon degenerates into a frantic search for a lost boy. While diving into a waterfall Joe suddenly vanishes, to be replaced by Gogo Maya, a dishevelled and apologetic witch. Gogo Maya has ’switched’ with Joe whilst fleeing from her own land, leaving the unfortunate lad to materialise in Karibu, where his bad day is about to get a whole lot worse, His friends set off into the jungle intent on rescue. En route they meet shape shifting hyenas, a talking leopard, vampire insects, the Tokoloshe - little hairy jungle dwellers - and a whole host of other weird and wonderful beings. Under Karen’s deft touch the unbelievable becomes believable. Talking cats, magic pools, vampire insects; all seem perfectly plausible. I enjoyed the clever use in the story of something as mundane and everyday as a tin of chocolates and toffees. I also enjoyed the way the main characters grew and developed as the tale unfolded. Ethan especially evolved from being a neurotic hypochondriac into a little jungle warrior. All in all ’Switch’ is an enjoyable and fun read from a talented author.Now, where did I leave that bar of Cadbury’s?

  • Penelope Curtis
    2019-01-28 18:43

    Unlike many fantasies where you get bogged down in the descriptions of the fantasy world, Karen Prince seamlessly weaves the rich detail of the land and its cultures into the story without actually interrupting the story for descriptions. There seems to be a character for everyone, from spoiled brats who need to be taught better, to seriously underprivileged people who are just getting on with their lives because they don’t seem to be impressed by material goods. It was fun to see how each of them reacted to the introduction of magic into their lives and how they handled it. And then there were the magic creatures themselves. From the mythological ones to regular people who had become witches with the aid of the magic. Each one did seem to be out for themselves. I enjoyed Joe’s plot line a little more than Ethan’s. For some reason I took to the worst brat of all . . . Praxades. It wasn’t her fault she grew up with all that privilege. She reminded me just a bit of all those reality TV girls.

  • Robbie
    2019-01-28 18:51

    I stayed up late last night reading it, and even when I had finished, I lay there wondering what I would have done if I could have gotten hold of that magic, and if I would have reacted in the same way to the situations the boys got themselves in to. A bit like you wonder what you would do if you won the lottery.The world was amazing. Usually the fantasies that I read are about people who already live in a different world, like Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, but I liked that the characters in this one came from our world with our ways and then had to adapt to the other world, like Harry Potter. Even the one kid who came from the middle of nowhere on a farm somewhere. I googled Tokoloshe, which were my favorite characters, and Adze and Kishi, and they were all out of African folk tales that I never knew about before. I loved them. I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends.

  • Simon Okill
    2019-02-19 22:27

    Switch to Jungle RockKaren Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush. Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s friend Joe invites him on a camping trip. Reluctantly Ethan agrees and while having a swim at the Crystal Pools Joe vanishes before Ethan’s eyes to be replaced by Gogo Maya, a tribal witch. Ethan dives into the water to save Joe but returns to the surface with a strange amulet that gives him even stranger powers. Gogo Maya tells Ethan the truth of Joe’s disappearance – that she switched with his body to escape the Tokoloshe - forcing Ethan to gather a hunting party of teenage boys and trek into the vast jungle to save his friend. He is not alone as the amulet has empowered Ethan with all of Gogo Maya’s magic.Now Ethan’s prissy ways are tested to the extreme as with each dangerous encounter he sheds his finicky childhood and grows stronger. Along the way Ethan gains the trust of the Tokoloshe Tribe, battles vampire fireflies, strange animals that are not what they seem and discovers the true magic of faith in himself. And Joe too must survive the gauntlet of trials blocking his path to freedom. Karen uses such lyrical names that roll off the tongue like beautiful songs rich with life affirming properties. Switch is a 5 Star adventure of epic proportions for all ages and had this reader desperate for the next expedition into the interior.

  • A.E. Curzon
    2019-02-12 15:40

    The story is set in Zimbabwe and opens with the High Priest, Drogba, looking for a person to provide him with a new body. This opens the door for the introduction to the wicked and very comical witch, Gogo Maya, who is being pursued by someone unknown in the forest that she would rather avoid. Her only escape it to ‘switch’. Through pure miscalculation she finds herself inadvertently linked to a very average young boy named Joe. Joe has an overly precious cousin, called Ethan, who is better suited to the city than the bush. Ethan is spoilt, highly germaphobic, asthmatic, snobbish, cowardly, and definitely not a risk taker. He does, however, feel able to give Gogo Maya CPR, and manages to suck in what is left of her magical powers. The witch’s leopard familiar, Salih, for some unfathomable reason, chooses him in order to telepathically communicate the witch’s needs. Throw in the very bizarre Tokeloshe tribe, some possibly helpful crocodiles, a few hyenas, a host of African children and lashings of magic, and the book has you wanting to read on. The opening chapter of this book grabbed me instantly. I also love books about Africa, and this one did not disappoint. I felt absolutely filled with the sound and smells of the continent just reading it. The evocative settings make it quite clear the author knows the terrain well. The plot is very imaginative and highly original and the characters are well-drawn and credible. I would definitely read this book again and am giving it 5 stars.(This book would be best suited to ages 11 years and over)

  • Nicola-ann Nel
    2019-02-08 19:52

    I really enjoyed the book! I loved the use of African elements in the fantasy creatures, a refreshing break from the more classical European themes. I thought that the characters were entertaining as well as believable. The plot of the story was obviously very well thought out and flowed nicely from one chapter to the next, all in all an excellent read! Can't wait for the next book in the series!

  • Shevaunn
    2019-02-16 16:44

    Beautifully written book that captures the imagination of the reader from the first chapter. This will definately become a classic and I cant wait for the next Karen Prince book to come out.

  • Cherie Curtis
    2019-02-09 20:38

    Three of the protagonists find themselves in a lost world with only a leopard for moral support and a couple of crocs to show them the way. Only the main protagonist, Ethan, can communicate with the animals because he has taken on a witch’s magic.A fourth protagonist falls in with some extremely dangerous people — twice, and you hope that the rest of them will be in time to rescue him. You never know what is going to happen next. Are the crocs as friendly as they seem? Is the Hyena? Who is going to be snatched by the body snatcher and who is he disguised as? Will Ethan get to grips with the magic, or is he going to do something reckless?In the mean time, there’s the old witch and the even older leader of the Tokeloshe who are both hilarious, a talking tiger who is the pet of a seriously narcissistic tribe, some shady hyenas, some vampire fireflies, oh, and there could be a dragon.The plot is definitely driven by its characters. I particularly enjoyed the way Ethan and Tariro grow up over the course of the story. And I loved the ending! Both the climax of the story and the little surprise postscript at the very end.Although I am an adult with my own children and I thoroughly enjoyed it I would highly recommend this book to anyone who liked Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson series.

  • Lloyd
    2019-02-06 21:49

    'Switch' was most enjoyable and well worth my reading time. This delightfully different coming of age story drawing from African mythology rather than the usual Celtic or Nordic traditions was filled with humor and mischief. There were wonderful plot twists and a different sort of magic which seems to alter DNA in some way to enhance things; making them stronger, more beautiful, and in the case of the Tokoloshe, more hyperactive.The intriguing cast of characters would appeal to any middle grader or teen, not just lovers of fantasy. The protagonist, Ethan, was smart, but completely out of his depth in the absence of technology. His companions, the street smart Tariro, the talented Jimoh and a bunch of irrepressible Tokoloshe provide endless amusement along the way. Add to that a crafty witch, her powerful cat, some villains who were more irresponsible than ruthless, and a sinister jumper who could be after anyone. The stakes were high because if the boys did not get there in time to rescue him, cousin Joe could easily be killed by mistake.

  • Folami Morris
    2019-01-29 16:26

    This was initially posted on my blog In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart of Africa. Prince seamlessly blends multiple points of view and a dynamic setting together in a way that makes for a wholly original coming of age story about a germaphobic, hypochondriac named Ethan. When Ethan is sent from the technologically advanced city of Cape Town to stay in the underdeveloped countryside of Zimbabwe with his father, Ethan has to decide how far he is willing to go to survive and what he’s willing to do to save those he loves. The story begins in the mythical land of Karibu with a soul swapper pondering whose body it wants to inhabit. His current body is getting old and he needs a new one in order to continue living, but for him to live, someone else must die. In a conundrum, since he is not keen upon ending someone’s life he peers out over the city and his eyes land on his victim-a witch named Gogo Maya.Gogo Maya is soon captured a long with her familiar, a leopard named Salih. In order to escape Gogo Maya performs a magical ritual called a switch. Unfortunately, she ends up switching right out of Karibu and into Zimbabwe, inadvertently sending Ethan’s cousin, Joe, into the wilds of Karibu. Through an interesting series of events Ethan ends up gaining the witch’s power and is placed in charge of traveling to Karibu to find Joe. Along the way Ethan runs into deadly creatures and perilous situations. The best part of Prince’s story is the development of Ethan’s character. In the beginning, his thoughts were riddled with phobias about the native traditions and their possible impact on his cleanliness and his health. As the story progresses and Ethan finally runs out of hand sanitizer, he becomes more and more concerned with the well-being of those around him, growing into an unlikely hero. In countless situations Ethan puts aside his fears, to save others, but most impressively he puts aside his beliefs of superiority and learns the value of other cultures and traditions. With a cast of side characters such as a witch with a vacillating moral compass, a scrupulous soul jumper, and a shape shifting Hyena with his own agenda Switch is unlike any other young adult book on the market. The characters are multi-dimensional, with motivations that make them seem more human than your average protagonist or antagonist. No one can be classified as all good or all bad, which is an accurate depiction of the world-- and people --not often seen in books. This setup challenges the reader to consider all possible outcomes, and to constantly reevaluate the characters for who they become as the novel progresses. Although this story shines, because of its innovative setting and its cast of characters, there are portions of setting and inner monologue that could have been edited out to ensure a continuous flow of action. Additionally, there are aspects where complex problems are quickly and easily fixed (or not fixed) with no consequences. Despite these flaws, Prince has written a timeless coming of age piece that will appeal to people of all ages.*********** 3.5 STARS ****************

  • Sven
    2019-02-17 15:47

    I received a copy of this book form the 'Lovers of Paranormal' Group for a Honest review.Though 'Switch!' is a book best suited for readers in the age group 10-13, I really enjoyed reading it too! Because it made a change from the type of books I've been reading recently. I was kinda tired of reading books about a girl falling in love with an impossible boy who is some kind of a supernatural creature. But now I get a book set in Africa!I'm not going to discuss the plot in here, other users have already done so, but I think Ethan's a dear. I can sympathize with him a lot. The poor boy, forced to go through a journey like that! And Joe! The product of a simple mistake. Gogo Maya is a fun character too. The book provides a comical yet intriguing story. I'm done only with 50% of it yet, my busy schedule prevents me from reading faster, but I assure you, the book has gripped me from the start and I can't wait to finish it. Hell, I can't wait for the next book! I'm going to make my 11 year old brother read it too. He'll love it. Karen does a great job at writing this book and I was reminded of my middle school days when I read 'Robinson Crusoe', "Swiss Family Robinson', 'Coral Island' and the like!

  • S.L. Wallace
    2019-01-30 18:48

    Karen Prince spins an interesting modern-day yet mythological African tale. It starts in the deep forest where a witch has been captured by a group of Tokoloshe, short mythological man-like creatures and by something else, something sinister. In order to escape, she performs a switching spell, and accidentally switches places with Joe, a Caucasian boy who is at an African swimming hole with a group of friends. His germ-o-phobic cousin, Ethan; two of his friends, Tariro and Jimoh; the witch's leopard familiar; and a magical hyena attempt a rescue mission into the magical valley of Karibu.Filled with quirky mythological creatures, talking animals, shape-shifters, a dangerous game involving bulls and lions, and a healthy dose of magic, this novel is sure to capture the imaginations of teenagers and those adults who still believe in magic.

  • Michael Roberts
    2019-01-26 15:47

    It was a great story and a wonderful read. The combination of fantasy and an African milieu worked perfectly for me. Going on a journey through the wilds without a weapon seemed scary enough, but when you added the element of magic and a bit of mythology it made for a very exciting adventure. Mostly I loved the characters. From the roguish witch and her wily cat to the boys from such different worlds who found themselves thrown together on a quest to rescue a beloved friend. Their plans do not always work, and they get help from some bizarre creatures along the way. Although it is the first in a series, this novel had a satisfying resolution. I cannot wait to see which characters we follow next, and how they develop.

  • Chris
    2019-01-19 18:31

    This story has a beautifully evoked setting, a tight, original plot and a cast of new and interesting characters. A delightfully wicked witch makes a terrible mistake, setting off a chain of events that puts everyone in danger. Ethan, a wealthy boy who wants for nothing has to overcome his fear of the bush and his jealousy of Tariro, a powerful politician’s son, as they journey into the wilderness to rescue Ethan’s cousin, who is also Tariro’s best friend. Both boy’s development from petulant teenagers to brave and generous young men is helped along by a third boy, Jimoh, already wise beyond his years, as well as the witch’s powerfully magical leopard.

  • JoselynMoreno Burke
    2019-02-12 23:55

    It was very cool and i found myself enamoured with all the land of karibu it was super funny to read and it have me on edge to know what it was going to happen next I just love it so much =)

  • Kitty Muse Book Reviews
    2019-01-21 20:42

    Ancient African mysticism meets the technological age, as Ethan Flynn, a computer-centered fifteen-year-old, is forced to go camping with his cousin Joe in the wilds of Zimbabwe. It is difficult enough to leave the comforts of a roof and enclosing walls behind, but plans have changed to allow in a friend of Joe’s, Tariro, who has nothing but disdain and contempt for the geeky cousin.The first thing Evan finds strange is that, even though there are two crocodiles swimming lazily among the locals, no one pays them any heed. It seems to him that they are treated as pets, which is certainly not a common attitude toward maneaters.Things go from bad to weird in a New York hurry when Joe suddenly disappears. In his place is Gogo Maya, a witch who has switched places with him to get out of some trouble she is having in her own land. Along with her comes her leopard familiar, Salih, who takes to Evan right away–especially since Evan gives Gogo Maya CPR in order to save her life. Evan finds that Salih can communicate to him via thought patterns–and only to him, which makes him even weirder in the sight of the other boys–especially Tariro’s.The witch is grateful, but also apologetic about the switch. Usually, she explains, she switches with a rock or a tree and no one is the wiser. Calculations having been wrong this time (the whole process is pretty much a wild guess anyway), she switches back to see if she can find Joe. But her powers have been sapped–by Evan. When he “kissed the witch”, as the others describe it, he absorbed most of her abilities. So everyone else must go to her country via a more conventional way.To Evan’s chagrin, he finds himself in charge of a small handful of seekers intent on getting into the magic land through an underground river. Not only does Salih come along, but they are also accompanied by Fisi, a shape-shifting hyena-boy; the crocodiles, Darwishi and Amun (shape-shifting humans as well), who pull the makeshift rafts; Tariro; and Jimoh, a friendly and knowledgeable local boy.Along the way they meet hippos, the Sobek crocodile people, a weird little tribe known as the Tokoloshe, and strange creatures, such as the vampiric fireflies called the Adze.In the meantime, Joe is having his own adventures: he meets up with a strange, but friendly, talking tiger; he is caught and strung up by fierce hyena shape-shifters and saved by a group of the same people; running away, he is led by the tiger to the Almohad people, a charming but brutal, self-absorbed tribe that treats all outsiders as slaves and property. He becomes the slave of Kitoko, whose sister, Nandi, wants Joe for herself. Joe gets no help from the tiger, who sits by passively and waits.For the tiger has his own agenda…Throughout the journey, Evan is learning a lot–about the outside world, other people, and especially about how much he can really do for himself and for others, and that he can conquer adversity through his own self-reliance.As for me, all I can say is, “Wow!!!”What a fantastic story! This may be classified as YA, but there is no reason why adults can’t enjoy it too. All the adventure of Tom Sawyer, and all the “life’s lessons learned” as well. The story started with a bang and just kept going. There were a lot of characters along the way, and every one of them was rounded out and given a personality. Africa, with its varied and colorful environments, was so richly detailed.I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series. I have to know–does Tariro learn to use his magic correctly, or does he exploit it because of his rather large ego? Inquiring minds want to know…

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-02-17 21:33

    “Switch (The Kingdoms of Karibu)” by Karen Prince is a wonderful and magic story for young adults.Set in parts in rural contemporary Zimbabwe (with all its beauty but also its faults) and in other parts in the secret rift valley of Karibu the story ‘switches’ between two narratives, keeping up a sense of suspense throughout.In Karibu, a witch and her leopard suddenly have to escape the Tokoloshe, but their getaway via a magic trick goes terribly wrong and forces an ordinary boy from Zimbabwe into the kingdom instead, while the witch is on the other side.The rest of the story follows the attempts to reverse the switch.The book owes a lot to modern fairy tales such as the Lion King or The Jungle Book that opened our minds to speaking animals and even animals that can be human. “Switch” pays a loving tribute to African tribal culture with the colourful characters as well as to the magical mythology.Karen Prince has written an awesome book that overflows with her love for the continent and its creatures and culture but more importantly so with a lot of original ideas and vivid powers of imagination. One of my favourite parts of the book was about a group of crocodiles who are re-paying a moral debt and therefore help humans across a tricky waterfall.Easy to read, entertaining and full of surprises this is an excellent debut novel and should do well with both African and non-African readers. I was quite captured by the romantic vision of nature on the continent and thanks to the great characterisation of the boys and the witch it had a light hearted and wonderful touch.

  • Kitty Phiri
    2019-01-24 20:49

    I am from Malawi and I really loved this book. I liked all the characters but especially the animals and the Tokoloshe.

  • Teresa Garcia
    2019-01-24 23:27

    It is extremely rare that I will write a review before I have completely read the book. I recently finished reading the sample though, and am adding this book to my list that I intend to buy, because I want to learn what happens next.The characterization is superb. I can't decide who is my favorite character, the old witch (Mama Goyo, I believe it is?), the leopard, or Ethan. I am intrigued by the crocodiles and want to learn more about them. I laughed at the introduction to Mama Goyo, and the local fair folk (the spelling of these beings escapes me right now) amused me greatly. I love studying folklore, so I will have fun looking to see what I can dig up about them since my specialty lies in Japanese, Native American, and European folklore.I also adore this cover, it fits the story so well and is so eye catching.---Sept 24, 2013I had the time to finish after having purchased the book (the sample drove me nuts after I had to wait).The end is very satisfying and I'm very happy to see that there is to be another book after this one.The Sobeck are intriguing and I would like to see more of them in the next book. I am also dancing at the character development through the story. Gogo Maya in particular surprised me.

  • P.J. LaRue
    2019-02-18 18:53

    Ethan and his cousin, Joe, embark on an African safari with Jimoh, their fifteen year old guide. At the same time, a witch named Gogo Maya summons her powers to switch places with another object or person. She switches with Joe.When Ethan performs CPR on Gogo Maya her powers are transferred to him. These powers include being able to converse with her significant other, who happens to be a leopard named Salih. The sly leopard leads Ethan on the hunt for Joe. Meanwhile, Joe is fighting for his freedom throughout the story. He is captured and tortured by a hyena girl and later forced into slavery by the Almohad. A cast including humans, witches, impish creatures called Tokoloshe, magical crocodiles and shape shifting hyenas, just to name a few keep the reader guessing what mishap will happen next during the hunt for Joe.Kids that love to read will truly enjoy this book, whether they are boys or girls. And the scrapes that Ethan and Joe encounter will help even reluctant readers to get into the story. This is a fun read for adults, as well.

  • Clive Mullis
    2019-02-15 18:51

    The High Priest Drogba needs another body so that he can prolong his life, so what does he choose?Gogo Maya is a witch who has to make a switch in order to escape, but unfortunately for Joe, he was in the way. Joe’s cousin Ethan then finds that he has to save the life of the witch by giving her the kiss of life.....but the result is somewhat unexpected.The story revolves around Ethan’s trek through the jungle in order to find his cousin. With the help of a couple of friends, a leopard, some crocodiles, a hyena or two and some strange little people called the Tokoloshe, as well as the witch, he finds he has to enter a magical kingdom in order to rescue Joe.....but magical kingdoms are magic, so what will he find?The characters are well developed and mature through their trials and efforts as the book progresses. Well written and nicely paced, with rich setting and gentle humour, the author takes us on a journey through the Africa that she undoubtedly knows well. Switch should have a wide appeal; a YA book, yes, but adults can enjoy the Kingdom of Karibu too.

  • Katharina Gerlach
    2019-02-15 22:45

    Fantastic. Can't wait for the sequel.This book grabbed me from the first line. I found the characters very, very believable and entertaining (especially a certain cat). And I've got a soft spot for all things African. It was interesting to see how differently the white and the native children reacted to the witch's story. It made sense.Also, there wasn't a single boring line in this novel and some really outstanding but subtle parts bordering on the poetic. It was refreshing to see that the author didn't hesitate to hurt her characters to further the story without getting too violent for children to enjoy this.I highly recommend this story.

  • Simon Okill
    2019-01-22 21:47

    Karen Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush. Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s friend Joe invites him on a camping trip. Reluctantly Ethan agrees and while having a swim at the Crystal Pools Joe vanishes before Ethan’s eyes to be replaced by Gogo Maya, a tribal witch. Ethan dives into the water to save Joe but returns to the surface with a strange amulet that gives him even stranger powers. Gogo Maya tells Ethan the truth of Joe’s disappearance – that she switched with his body to escape the Tokoloshe - forcing Ethan to gather a hunting party of teenage boys and trek into the vast jungle to save his friend. He is not alone as the amulet has empowered Ethan with all of Gogo Maya’s magic. Now Ethan’s prissy ways are tested to the extreme as with each dangerous encounter he sheds his finicky childhood and grows stronger. Along the way Ethan gains the trust of the Tokoloshe Tribe, battles vampire fireflies, strange animals that are not what they seem and discovers the true magic of faith in himself. And Joe too must survive the gauntlet of trials blocking his path to freedom. Karen uses such lyrical names and dialogue mixed with prose that roll off the tongue like beautiful songs rich with life affirming properties. Switch is a 5 Star adventure of epic proportions for all ages and had this reader desperate for the next expedition into the interior.

  • Pauline Forrester
    2019-02-17 15:48

    An amusing adventure.

  • Simon Okill
    2019-01-30 16:46

    Karen Prince has created a timeless masterpiece of jungle fever that will have every teenager begging for more. Her obvious love of her homeland Zimbabwe shines from every page with startling knowledge and insights to the hardships and wonders encountered in the bush. Ethan is a pampered teenager used to the comforts of wealth, hates dirt, animals, anything outside his comfort zone which is basically outside the walls of his home. During a visit to his family’s farm, Ethan’s friend Joe invites him on a camping trip. Reluctantly Ethan agrees and while having a swim at the Crystal Pools Joe vanishes before Ethan’s eyes to be replaced by Gogo Maya, a tribal witch. Ethan dives into the water to save Joe but returns to the surface with a strange amulet that gives him even stranger powers. Gogo Maya tells Ethan the truth of Joe’s disappearance – that she switched with his body to escape the Tokoloshe - forcing Ethan to gather a hunting party of teenage boys and trek into the vast jungle to save his friend. He is not alone as the amulet has empowered Ethan with all of Gogo Maya’s magic. Now Ethan’s prissy ways are tested to the extreme as with each dangerous encounter he sheds his finicky childhood and grows stronger. Along the way Ethan gains the trust of the Tokoloshe Tribe, battles vampire fireflies, strange animals that are not what they seem and discovers the true magic of faith in himself. And Joe too must survive the gauntlet of trials blocking his path to freedom. Karen uses such lyrical names and dialogue mixed with prose that roll off the tongue like beautiful songs rich with life affirming properties. Switch is a 5 Star adventure of epic proportions for all ages and had this reader desperate for the next expedition into the interior.(less) [edit]

  • Jacquelyn Smith
    2019-02-06 20:43

    This story is great for the young and the young at heart.When Ethan is send to visit his father, things change and he ends up in Zimbabwa.This is where his life turns crazy, talking animals, witch and magic.Maya switchs places and ends up with Joe disappearing Maya, in his place and Ethan is the only one that can help him get back home after he touches the witch.I am not going to spoil it for you pick up a copy for youself, it's a must read.......

  • Tsitsi
    2019-01-25 17:41

    Brilliant book. I loved every minute of it. Africa. . .Tokoloshe, naughty witches, what more could you want. Cannot wait for the sequel.

  • Michelle Willms
    2019-01-20 20:45

    Switch by Karen PrinceEthan Flynn, a very, picky boy from Zimbabwe is forced to visit his hateful stepmother and uncaring father during his school holiday. After they forced him to visit, they immediately traveled away on business, transferring Ethan into the care of his Uncle Alan. His uncle planned to take Ethan, his cousin Joe, and Joe’s friend Tariro on safari. Joe’s friend was jealous at having to share Joe with Ethan, so proposed going to a bush camp with his friends from school instead. He knew the conditions would be extremely primitive, and Ethan, who was very fastidious, and wouldn’t even touch animals for fear that they might drool on him, would certainly not want to go with them. Ethan surprised them and agreed to go to the bush camp.Almost immediately, tragedy struck. While the boys were swimming, and Ethan and another boy watched from shore, the air shimmered and Joe disappeared. A witch appeared in his place. A leopard appeared nearby. The witch was dragged to the shore and Ethan began to perform CPR on her to get her breathing again.Once she was revived, it was discovered that she (Gogo Maya) and the leopard named Salih, had been captured by a tribe of the Sokoloshes, hairy little men who were usually only visible to children. To escape, Gogo Maya had used a little trick that she called a “switch.” The problem was that wherever Gogo Maya appeared, the person occupying the space she needed traded places with her. So, the adventure began. Joe was in the witch’s land of magic, danger, and possible slavery and Ethan and Salih (who could communicate with Ethan telepathically) along with a couple of other boys were off to rescue them.This is a very compelling story of a magic-filled land. We all have dreamed of a place of magic. Sometimes we forget that we might like to live in place where magic might be as easily gained as drinking the water. This book tells what can happen when such power is taken for granted and foolishly abused. It also teaches of control, compassion, love and the beauty of friendships gained and the sadness of friendships gone away.

  • Joss Landry
    2019-02-18 21:41

    Ethan Flynn starts off with a lot to learn. One of the twists I enjoyed most about this exciting adventure set deep within the mysterious Zimbabwe forests, mysterious, as I have only dreamt of leaping that far from home, is young Ethan’s metamorphosis. He literally grows up, letting go of his many phobias, to become a tower of strength and leader of a group going to find his best friend and cousin Joe, who has disappeared into thin air. Only once Tariro dares him, and Jimoh convinces him to undertake the perilous journey into another world, does Ethan agree to go, still against his will. This transformation is never forced or preached upon the reader but rather shown through the author’s vast knowledge of the South African continent, as Karen Prince lays out for us wild sceneries, populated with so many vivid pictures, the magic she springs on us becomes absolutely normal. Of course, hyenas can be human and leopards can communicate their thoughts to young boys. I have no doubt witches can be concerned with saving little boys from a life of slavery, while beautiful people can be cruel and self-important.This book kept me engaged for hours. The story had me hypnotized and trapped in its grip so deeply time flew by without me noticing. One thing is certain. All these wonderful characters sprang from a fertile imagination and will stay with me long after I have put down the story.Karen Prince was raised on a wildlife farm in Zimbabwe; a perfect childhood for someone who always wanted to become a writer. Well, you can read for yourself…

  • Ariella
    2019-01-22 21:47

    I love this book. The characters were great. I'm giving it 5 stars.