The Circle by Cindy Cipriano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy~ Middle Grade
Book Description: The Circle Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother's bookstore wearing a dark clan's mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel's brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother - revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.
My thoughts: I enjoyed reading "The Circle". It deals with middle grade students who are dealing with fairy mischief or mayhem. Two of the boys are fairies whose cousin disappeared and the third child is a girl whose brother was taken by fairies. The children learn to work together and to trust the adults in their lives.
The book is written in a language that is just right for the middle grade reader. Cindy Cipriano uses enough description to interest, but not too much to confuse the younger reader. The book trots at a fairly quick pace.
I liked that the kids were able to reconcile their differences and come to a common understanding. The adults are in the background but provide a great supporting role for the children. They teach and are there to help when needed.
I think that kids will enjoy this book.
"The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds."
--Kathleen Fox, LibraryGames.com
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