In the Stone Circle

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Fourteen-year-old Cristyn is unhappy about spending the summer in Wales, where her father will be researching his book. From the moment they arrive, though, things prove to be anything but dull.

While spending the summer in an old stone house in Wales, fourteen-year-old Cristyn comes to terms with the death of her mother while satisfying the request of a thirteenth-century princess.

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Overview

Fourteen-year-old Cristyn is unhappy about spending the summer in Wales, where her father will be researching his book. From the moment they arrive, though, things prove to be anything but dull.

While spending the summer in an old stone house in Wales, fourteen-year-old Cristyn comes to terms with the death of her mother while satisfying the request of a thirteenth-century princess.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kimmel's debut novel is a fast-paced contemporary taleinterlaced with a historical mysteryset in Wales and featuring a cast of well-rounded characters. A young female ghost, searching for a prized possession bequeathed by her beloved father, haunts the 16th-century stone house where 14-year-old Cristyn Stone and her father, a professor of medieval studies, are staying for the summer. Another professor, Mrs. Dunham, and her two childrena lonely boy and his rebellious older sisterjoin them. Both families are trying to cope with traumatic family situations. Cristyn's mother died when she was three, and although she and her father have a solid relationship, he rarely mentions the loss, leaving Cristyn hungry for details and memories. The Dunham children are coping not only with their parents' recent divorce, but with an intermittently appearing father who almost kidnapped eight-year-old Dennis. Kimmel packs into her tale a satisfying amount of interpersonal strife and reconciliation that may well resonate with readers. The author's ability to show her characters at their best and worst while they grapple with their own inner turmoil (particularly Dennis's prickly sister) makes up for a few predictable plot elements, and the brisk pace and moody Welsh setting will draw readers deep into the mystery. Ages 10-14. (Apr.)
The ALAN Review - Gary D. Schmidt
In her first novel Elizabeth Cody Kimmel has crafted an atmospheric ghost story set in a sixteenth-century Welsh house. When Cristyn arrives with her father to spend a summer, she finds mysterious stairways, coins appearing out of the air, furniture moved, and the one picture of her deceased mother transported from room to room. Her own close connection with her father is soon mirrored in the close connection of a young twelfth-century girl who has lost a treasured necklace given to her by her own father, a necklace Cristyn must find. This pair of relationships is shown in the obverse by the other family living in the house, whom the father has hurt and abandoned. The resolution of all of these relationships and needs comes with the finding of the necklace and the mutual recognition of the bonds of love. The separate strands of these plots do not always weave together easily. The tense ghostly atmosphere created in the opening half of the novel, for example, is abandoned in the second half. Elements that could be developed, such as the circle of stones, are left hanging as mere icons. Nevertheless, this is a quick read and worth the fine twist at the end as Cristyn discovers the identity of the ghost in the Stone Circle.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Kimmel, a first-time author, has a hit with this part ghost story, part historical novel. Fourteen-year-old Cristyn leaves the comforts of Ohio to travel with her offbeat professor father to Wales while he completes his research in medieval studies. Being without TV, the mall, or her best friend is one thing, but quite another when they share their house with another professor and her two children. A secret staircase, the disappearance of her dead mother's photograph, frightening dreams, and images in the basement are tied nicely together to give readers a page-turning story.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Cristyn, 14, is horrified at the prospect of spending the summer in Wales while her professor father does research in medieval studies. Even when he reveals that her mother, who died when she was three, was born in Wales and that her own name is Welsh, Cristyn doesn't want to face an entire summer away from home. In spite of her misgivings, she feels an affinity for the centuries-old cottage they rent along with her father's colleague, Erica Dunham, and her two children, Miranda and Dennis. Miranda is angry and hurt over her parents' divorce and her absent father's lack of attention. The children become involved in trying to make sense of strange happenings around the cottagecoins dropping out of the air, pieces being moved around on a Scrabble board, etc.and are drawn into Welsh history and legend. Interwoven into the ghost story are the issues and conflicts being worked out in both families. The characters are well developed and the plot has plenty of twists to keep readers turning the pages. The easy, yet complex, relationship between Cristyn and her father is especially well drawn in contrast to Miranda's difficult relationship with her mother. Most importantly, this book is accessible to kids who read a lot of contemporary realistic stories, but it offers them much more than the usual problem novel because of its supernatural elements and its glimpse into the rich history of another part of the world.Connie C. Rockman, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Ghosts and a history lesson bring out an American teenager's long-suppressed grief in this engaging, but overstuffed, debut. Visiting Wales with her medievalist father Derek, Cristyn shares a bedroom with Miranda, daughter of another historian, Erica. Barely have the two families moved into their old cottage before the manifestations begin: dreams and noises; apparitions in the cellar; furniture, Scrabble tiles, and Cristyn's picture of her long-dead mother moving about; and more. The ghostly drama, however, competes with family drama for the front seat. Miranda, in the wake of her parents' divorce and unaware that her father had tried to kidnap younger brother, Dennis, is angry at the slightest provocation; meanwhile, Dennis has taken to playing pranks to get attention, as Erica struggles to keep both of her children in the dark about her ex-husband (he shows up later, just long enough to prove his worthlessness). Cristyn tries to make peace between Miranda and Dennis, puts the ghostly doings to rest, and sits down with her father for a healing talk about her mother. Kimmel shows promise with dialogue and characters; Cristyn's wry sense of humor, plus an occasional peer conversation in teenspeak, lighten the general tone. The problems: A ghost, daughter of a 13th-century rebel, is uncommonly able and rational (with a good command of modern English), and the various plot lines are so weakly joined that they're all but independent. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439062596
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    in the stone cirlce

    i lve this book! i liked the way that the author expressed the personality and problems of the charters very well. the wat that the people talked was very good. the scients talked very smart and the teenagers talked like teens and the child like a child. i recommend this book to children of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    best book ever

    i will read this book over and over again! it never gets old!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Wonderful

    This book is wonderful even though it has alot of cuss words. I would recomend this book to anyone i know.our teacher said this was a very good book.at first i didn't belive her untill i got to the 7th or 8th chapter.The end is very sad when crystin and carwen are talking. I almost cryed. Ms. Kimmel writes wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    The Best book I've ever read

    This is one of the best books i've ever read. It is the journey of a girl my age trying to help a new friend and help a very needy ghost. I think every one should read this book. Especially one that loves a good ghost story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Awsome Book

    I loved the book and I have read it twice. Each time I enjoyed and loved it. This is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Wonderful Story

    In the Stone Circle was a marvelous book full of charm. There are well rounded characters in believable circumstances. I could not put it down, especially during the ghost parts. It is a remarkably well written book that Elizabeth Cody Kimmel should be proud of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK!

    When I first saw this book I thought it would be dumb, but when I picked it up and read it, it became my fave book! I love how the author decribes everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    Good Book

    I thought this was a really great book. You wanted to keep reading it. It wasn't one of those dull books that don't keep you interested. I would for sure suggest this book to someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    My favorite book

    When I first picked up In the Stone Circle, I was doubtful to how it would be, but now I can honestly say that this is my favorite book. It was beautifully written with an enchanting plot.I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    wonderful excellent book! best book i ever read : )

    One of my favs is the part where she goes down in the celler and see's the girl and goes down there all the time and then u have to figure out the mystery of the girl and her father, And how she described the details on the people and how they act i love the book the scenes and where, it's a great book i could read the book over and over and never get tired of reading it!the details in the movements and feelings are really neat. and how the girl is so normal how everybody could relate to her cuz i know i would never really want to be in the middle of nowhere. Elizabeth did a wonderful job on the book congradulations! wonderfull well done is what i have to say !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    great book

    I am from Japan and this was the first book I read when I came to America. My stepmother Ana gave it to me and I loved it right away. Cristyn is like me because my mother died but not in a riding accident like Cristyn's. Now I am a senior in high school and I have been to Wales with my father and stepmother and sisters, and I want to go back there someday. Anyway, enough about me. This book is fascinating and really a good read. Trust me you will lke it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    This is the best book i've ever read!

    I think that this is the best book i have ever read because of the dramas and drama queen Miranda and dennis sounded like such a sweet heart. I definitly recomend this book to everybody who is interested in storys about ghosts and drama and a little action!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    I loved it !!!!

    I loved this book! It has to be one of the greatest books I've read. It has a bit of a mystery init and thats one of the thigns i liked about it. It also has a different dialoge as if the girls are really talking like 13 years old girls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    You should all be IN THE STONE CIRCLE

    While i was reading this book i had many emotions running through my brain. It made me mad, sad, horrified, and happy. This book would be for anyone who likes scary books or justs wants to find a good read (that would be me beacuse i didnt like scary books and i love this one!). So....read this book and i promise you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Good

    This is a good book, perfect to take on a long car trip. It's a fast read, I read it in 4 hours. It has a nice story line, espically if your interested in ghost type books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2001

    Awsome!

    This is the best book I'v ever read! It was sooooo cool cause I'm totally into all that Paranormle stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    I cried after it ended...

    This book moved me in a way no other book has. I found it in a basket in my friends house and she gave it to me. I feel so totally and completely conected and i feel like i can relate to Cristyn. The firey red hair was a great touch. I was so sad the book ended...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Tottaly Thrilling

    I loved how Cris had to finish what her mother started, had to be peace maker, and in the middle of all this made her new friends a family again! Plus this book is filled with adventure!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    This Book was great!

    i have never liked reading books, but when i was at a book fair i saw this book and baught it.. i've loved it ever since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    One of the best books I've read!

    In the Stone Circle is a moving book. There are conflicts that many people can relate to. However there are paranormal things going on at the same time. I loved the way clues that were given made no sense, but were there for a reason. You just have to read In the Stone Circle understand what I'm talking about. Trust me when i say: once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down, and you won't regret it.

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