An adaptation of the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margaret Mahy, published in 1984

Adapted for radio by Carol Dee

Read by Miranda Harcourt

Produced for RNZ by Fergus Dick in 1987

Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a low-rent suburb on the edge of earthquake-scarred Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit that is attacking Jacko and slowly draining the life out of him as it, the spirit, becomes ever younger.

Laura discovers her own true identity and the supernatural ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life.


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Photo: Hachette NZ



In September 2017 the feature movie of The Changeover was released

It was co-directed by Miranda Harcourt

Listen to more about the movie and the book by clicking on these links:

Miranda Harcourt and Bridget Mahy talk about The Changeover

Hannah August reviews the original book

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy - reissued by Hachette New Zealand April 2017

ISBN: 9781869713553