I can highly recommend The Circle by Cindy Cipriano, as summer reading for 4th-8th graders who love the fantasy genre!
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.
The Circle is the first in a new series written by North Carolina author, Cindy Cipriano. Your kids will love this book- it manages to be both magical and “down to earth” at the same time.
The lore is well-developed and well explained. Celtic touches throughout the story make the “otherworld” come to life, and make the intersection of our world and the faerie realm seem not only possible, but likely.
Young people will appreciate the magic, mystery and adventure. Parents will appreciate the way the characters handle the good and bad of being a sixth grader who has access to magic and a magical “otherworld”!
Calum acts bravely even when afraid. He puts others first and respects his friend Laurel, who is a girl. The book has strong female characters and strong family ties are depicted. The story deals well with bullying, crushes, friendship and family, while showing education as enjoyable and valuable.
The character names are unique and lovely. I enjoyed the illustrations, the story, and the “cliff hanger” ending too.
About The Author:
Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, maybe not 27. More like three dogs, one cat, and many, many, fish. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, writing, and the avoidance of cooking. She is a 2012 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM award, and was named outstanding science teacher in 2009 by the NC Science Teachers Association.
We Are “Sharing The Love” – A Giveaway:
The author sent me a paperback Advance Review Copy of The Circle, so that I could review it and share about it on my blogs with you.
Cindy will send you a copy of this newly released book if you are drawn as our winner (’cause she is just cool like that!).
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Simply share the link to this page and leave a comment here with a link to where you shared it online, Facebook, Twitter, a yahoo group, or other forum is just dandy.
Every time you share it, you get another entry!
You can leave all the links in one comment, or comment more than once- do what is easy for you and I will calculate your entries accordingly.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 a name will be drawn from the infamous “Winners’ Mug”. This drawing will include all the entries received by midnight on the eleventh. Wednesday, the twelfth, a winner will be announced.
The Circle is now available at Siopa Leabhar : http://www.thesidheseries.com/shop.php
You can pick up a “beach reading” copy along with your favorite clan token.
The site also has some fun ideas for activities to go along with the book- check out the Sidhe recipes and the pronunciation guide at that link above!