->''In the story, Emmaís four years old. She gets out of bed and pads across the floor in her footie pajamas. When she reaches her hand between the bars, the thing in the crib moves closer. It tries to bite her and she takes her hand out again but doesnít back away. They spend all night looking at each other in the dark. In the morning, the thing is still crouched on the lamb-and-duckling mattress pad, staring at her. It isnít her brother.''

->''Itís me.''


''TheReplacement'' is a supernatural teen novel dealing with [[strike:depression]] [[strike:low self-esteem]] [[strike:grief]] [[strike:bullying]] baby-stealing, [[HumanSacrifice murderous]] FairFolk! Set in suburbia, it is narrated by a boy named Malcom, or rather, the creature that took Malcolm Doyle's place.

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* ChangelingTale
* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: Zigzagged. Ends up somewhere near BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* EquivalentExchange
* EmoTeen: Mackie actually has legitimate reasons for being sickly and depressed, but being an EmoTeen makes a good cover story for why he acts weird, skips class and avoids people.
* TheFairFolk
* HumanSacrifice: the town's prosperity is PoweredByAForsakenChild.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Mackie tries.]]
* TheMagicGoesAway: the Lady mourns the good old days, when her sacrifices were great warriors, and willing. Also, the Morrigan was once a goddess of war.
* TheMasquerade: A small one. Mackie is actually the only one of Them who tries to live with {{Muggles}}; the rest live in their burrow.
* NotUsingTheZedWord: Nobody ever calls the blue girls zombies. The closest anyone ever gets is "revenant".
* StepfordSuburbia: Nearly everyone has had a child go missing or die in their family, but no one ''ever'' talks about it. They just bury quartz in their gardens, hang scissors over the cribs and enjoy their financial prosperity.
* TownWithADarkSecret
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The opposite--he plan to dig up the revenant that was switched for Natalie and re-switch it is discussed plainly by several characters,[[spoiler: so of course the Lady catches them.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Malcom has the fair folk's traditional sensitivity to iron, most particularly "blood iron." Fortunately for his one-man {{masquerade}}, his peers assume his illness and fainting are because he just can't stand the sight of blood.