The Circle: Book One of the Sidhe

The Circle: Book One of the Sidhe

by Cindy Cipriano



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ISBN-13: 9781922200044
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 05/04/2013
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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The Circle: Book One of The Sidhe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
timrodlady More than 1 year ago
WOW! Finally a fantasy book that I think will satisfy parents and students alike. After having met Cindy at our SC Library Conference, I was anxious to read the book and I was not disappointed. The characters seemed so real and ones that middle schoolers can relate to so well. Calum and Laurel could be your next door neighbors (except for Calum being a Sidhe of course). I fell in love with all the characters and I definitely would want to visit the Siopa Leabhar (book store). The descriptions made me wish to be right there looking for a book and having some of Kenzie's sassafras tea. The story immediately catches you up in all of their lives and since it is set in the resort town in the NC mountains, I can relate to where I was raised. I can almost see certain characters as people I knew. The story of fairies is very appealing to everyone, especially the Harry Potter fans Being a middle school teacher and librarian makes these characters really seem real and so like your typical 6th graders. The story starts off with Calum and his problem of having his cousin disappear (Calum felt responsible) and moves to Laurel coming to town with her secret of her brother's disappearance. It then begins to weave the two lives together and intertwine them with all the parents and cousins and their lives and secrets. The other theme of the fact that Calum and his family are Sidhe's who look like humans and move back and forth between the human world and the fairy world really gets your imagination going. Then there is the fact that some are on the good side and some are on the bad side (sound like anyone we know?). I think the book will appeal to all the middle schoolers 6-8 and it will satisfy the parents who tend to shy away from a theme of magic and wizards. Fairies somehow have always been around us, even in our childhood. Cindy has done a wonderful job of having real life, fairies, suspense, and relationships all rolled into one. I personally could not put it down until I finished and I am so anxious for the next one to come out. She left you sitting on the edge wondering what will happen next!!!!! Good job, Cindy and we will be waiting to see what happens to Calum, Finley, Lauren and the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 STARS!!! This is an amazing book! It was well written and captured your attention from beginning to end. The curiosity, fantasy and magic was just absolutely phenomenal! I am so honored to have read this and have the ability to really give my opinion. Top notch writing! I'm in love with this.....I want more! Cindy - you are a very talented writer and I will keep reading your books for years to come! Thank you for giving us all (no matter what age) our imagination back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Circle Book One of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano Review by Dawn Thomas ISBN 9781922200044 186 Pages Odyssey Books Children’s Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy I enjoyed this book even though it is considered a children’s book. Calum and his family are Sidhe. Before the book begins Calum’s cousin, Finley, disappeared while they were out playing. He wants to find Finley and bring him home. His mother owns and runs an old bookstore called Siopa Leabhar which is Gaelic for “shop of books.” The bookstore is unique in many ways. All along the book stacks are words written in Italian. Each saying is a faerie verse from the oldest Sidhe clans. One summer day he meets Laurel, a young girl wearing a necklace with another Sidhe clan symbol on it. Laurel’s family moved here because her brother went missing and they wanted to leave behind the pain in the old house. Calum and Laurel soon become good friends and spend the summer hanging out in the bookstore and telling stories. Laurel tells Calum about the day her brother disappeared. She saw a faerie boy take her brother into a faerie hill but gave her a fairy stone. This is what she wears around her neck. Before they return to school Calum’s other cousin, Hagan, returns home from visiting his Sidhe family. The three friends spend all their time together although there was tension because Laurel seems to be infatuated with Hagan. She knows they are Sidhe and no one knows what to do about it. She confides in them about the day her brother was taken and who took him. The two boys want to investigate and Laurel refuses to be left out. They go to a park they know is part of the Faerie Realm. It is dangerous but they make plans in case something happens. Calum and Hagan’s families find out what is going on and come to the rescue. This is the first book in the series. The characters are well developed and filled with magic. The author does a good job spinning the story and leaves the reader hanging at the end. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cirlce may be for middle school students, but adults will definitely enjoy it, too. The protagonists are sixth graders on a mission to find missing family, but their parents are very involved in the narrative. I was immediately hooked on all the characters. A lot of my interest has to do with the adults in the story. The older characters are so fascinating to me! I never knew whether to laugh at how casually such amazing circumstances were treated. Obviously, the story was filtered through the view of Calum and everything was completely normal to him, so he would mention in passing things that I was flipping out over. For example, I wanted to know about Uilleam's sister who decided to up and marry a Hobayeth, cutting ties to her clan. I want to know about Kenzie, the spunky fairy woman, and Gus, the laid-back human who takes things in stride. They make the best reverse of the supernatural romance cliché, mostly because Gus is not only okay with being married into a family of magical beings and having a son of the same race, but is still a normal human. I want to know how this happened. SPOILERS: Most of all, I want to know about Donnelly. I want to know about the son of the Hobayeth keeper who married the princess of fairies, because it sounds like the greatest story of all time. How did he even meet Tullia? How did Connor and Aine feel about this? What was he like at that age? How did we get from there to a totally normal situation? Even outside this tantalizing past, he was great. Donnelly was on top of things, and while he was never shy about his origins, he did not go out of his way to remind everyone, either. He just was. (I am also terribly excited that Torin, potentially the Big Bad of the series, did not make an appearance in this book. That always means more fun later.) END SPOILERS. But don't let this convince you that the adults were the only ones I cared about. Calum is a good kid. He's confused, as middle schoolers often are (oh, how I do not miss that age), but he's relatively smart and obedient and tries. He'll grow up well. I like that he and Laurel had parallel stories in a way that came together later, and I like their shared determination to find someone lost. Hagen is also great, and I look forward to him causing trouble down the road. I occasionally felt they were too young for all this--the hints of romance, investigating seven-year-old kidnappings, etc--but eleven-year-olds are often underestimated. I do like the kids, and I love that their full dynamic hasn't been established yet. They have so much room and potential to develop around each other, and all of it wasn't established at once in the first book. In summary of all this, I'm really looking forward to more of the Sidhe series. I'm already spreading the word among friends who will most certainly like it, and I hope many more people discover The Circle!
lisarup More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of fantasy books over the years. Young Adult fantasy books have been a favorite landing place for me because overall they seem to have better plots (because they don't rely on heavy adult situations to carry the story). This story held me from chapter one. I ended up staying up very late reading the whole book in one night! It was captivating. I needed to know what had happened to Finley and more about the clans. There was enough mystery to have me wanting to read more. I honestly can't wait for the rest of the series to be released! Now this is coming from an adult - but I can tell you that grades 5+ will enjoy this book as well. A great intriguing story will have them also hooked after the first chapter. If you have a tween or teen looking for something new to read I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book in a coffee shop in my area, and thought it looked very interesting. I was not disappointed! It was simply fun to read and I enjoyed every second. I'm excited that it is a series, as I can read it with my daughter when she gets older. If you love a good story, this book is for you!
DFGray More than 1 year ago
In this debut novel the author, Cindy Cipriano, draws you into her characters with effortless ease and takes you on a mystical adventure that will definitely spark and hold your attention. The Circle is a novel full of intrigue, magic, and mystery. I enjoyed learning the Sidhe culture, values and magical powers as the main character, Calum, went on a quest to find his cousin Finley. This novel is sure to please those who enjoy reading fantasy novels. Cindy Cipriano’s debut novel packs a powerful punch!
Gr8English More than 1 year ago
Upon the recommendation of our librarian, I read her signed copy fresh from the SC Librarians Conference before she could even get it added to the library's collection. I read the book in two days, but following the first night of reading, I read chapter one as a read aloud to my home room of 8th grade students. They loved it! I can't wait for book two and further exploits of Calum and friends from Emerald Lake and the Otherworld. Hopefully, their adventures will follow them through middle school to high school and beyond! P.S. If Siopa Leabhar really existed, I would be a daily visitor like many of Emerald Lake's residents!
aolfan More than 1 year ago
Callum isn’t like other boys, he has a secret. He befriends the new girl in town and discovers that like his cousin, her brother also went missing in woods. Is it true that faeries steal human children that are caught wandering alone? Together they need to find out. This story was captivating from the get go and I honestly had to keep reading until the end. It would be suitable for young teens as well as adults to read and enjoyable by all. I was happy to see that this was book one in a series and there is more to this story.
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
Calum Ransom is trying to find his cousin Finley.  This story takes us into the world of Sidhe, faeries and magic.  Cindy does a great job  of weaving this tale to keep the readers entertained and engrossed in the story.  This is a great YA book.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  I give it 4 stars.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Fairies in a Book Store and Pluto is a Fairy Planet It doesn't get much better than that, folks. OK so this is a Middle Grade book that I enjoy as a lighter read sometimes in between adult reads. I also like to find good books for my son, and this one fits the bill. The Good I've always enjoyed fairies or the Sidhe and this book has a different spin on them which I greatly like. I also really found the thought of children as fairies to be a new aspect that I haven't yet read in books. Mostly, I've read pretty dark stories with fairies in them and although this one had some bad fairies as well as good ones, the overall characters were good in nature. The setting is a book store which is familiar for me as a reader and fan of books. Calum works there with his mother during the summer vacation until he goes back to school. He meets a new girl, Laurel, who happens to believe in fairies and becomes fast friends with her even though she doesn't know his secret. There are missing children and other weird things happening in the background that keep the story going. The writing was very well done and will keep anyone entertained no matter their age. There are quite a few characters to follow, but each have their own traits and are fun to learn about in their own right. The story itself is a new one and executed well with a few nice surprises. The Bad There were some details included in the story that really had absolutely no impact, but seemed to be important while reading. I'm wondering if they will come up in future books because I thought they would be going somewhere in the story line and they were dead-end points. The Romance As a middle grade book, there really is no romance to mention. Calum does get jealous of Laurel's apparent infatuation with his cousin Hagen, but they really acted more like best friends throughout the book than a crush of any kind. They had a nice friendship all in all though and it could lead somewhere in the future. Conclusion This is a magical, well-thought out and executed book about children doing all they can to save the ones they love surrounded by fairies and their own rules. If you enjoy light-hearted, fun reads then I would recommend you give this one a try. I also see children very much liking this one.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and rather unique approach to a middle grade fantasy. It is a light, quick read that I think most kids would enjoy. The characters are likable and generally easy to relate to. I liked the way the human world and the magical world are separate, yet entwined. The ending was nice because it wrapped up without a cliffhanger, yet it wasn't completely resolved. The unresolved parts of the story will carry us into the next book in the series. I really hope to learn more about the Sidhe, their customs, and their verses as the series continues. My only complaint about the book is that a lot of times, I felt like I was reading a sequel. I felt like I was missing a lot of vital information that all the characters knew, but I, the reader, did not. All in all, it was a good read. Nice, clean, and full of magic and friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "The Circle" by Cindy Cipriano. Even though this book is geared towards middle school aged readers, I think anyone could enjoy it because I am in college and I really liked this book! Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down and ended up reading it in about a week. I thought that the story was very creative and it also brought back memories from when I was in middle school. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
The story follows Calum Ranson, whose Sidhe family is living among us in The Realm of Man. Though they use magic to clean the house and do other tasks, the family also must fit in among humans to keep their identities secret. When a new family comes to town, Calum discovers too many disturbing coincidences between a missing child from both the Sidhe and the humans. This fairy story for middle grade readers was fun to read. Though irritating at times, I think the intended audience (grades 5-8) will really enjoy it. I enjoy a good fairy story. This debut novel is certainly a good fairy story. Though slow at times, the novel has some intriguing twists. I think this book would be a great introduction to the fairy world from middle grades students, especially boys. There were a few things that irritated me, though. 1. The Sidhe world is grossly underdeveloped. We probably spent less than 25% of the book in the Otherworld. I want to know more about how their world works. See more magic. Meet more magical creatures. 2. A few story arcs seemed to vanish entirely, even though a lot of time was spent developing them initially. 3. Divine intervention always irritates me. The final climactic drama ends when a powerful ally casts a Rescue Spell out of the blue. Come on! Maybe the whole thing could have been averted if he'd done that earlier. Final verdict - This debut novel is worth it. I'm looking forward to putting it in the hands of my fifth graders and I'm curious is they will be irritated by the same things I was. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cindy Cipriano's book The Circle is a great read for students in the tween/middle school years. It does a great job of touching on the lives and experiences of typical middle school students, and I particularly enjoyed that part of it because it is quite indicative of what I see everyday as a teacher! Readers who are fans of fantasy/science fiction will especially love this book, but any young reader can easily relate to the joys and trials of middle school life. Adults will simply love the book because it is well-written, smart, and has an interesting cliffhanger that will lead to wanting to read the next book in the series! Plus, any parent can feel comfortable about the content of the novel and know that it is a book that they would be happy for their child to read. I will encourage students to read it and look forward to the next one!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers' Favorite "The Circle: Book One of the Sidhe" by Cindy Cipriano is a great children’s book about faery folk. A faery family live among the humans in the non-magical world as book store owners and a student. Calum is getting ready to enter middle school as a 6th grader. Calum is searching for his cousin who disappeared. When he meets a human girl who has a secret of her own at the book store he is not happy to begin with. Together they find connections and will join with others trying to solve the mysteries involving man and the Otherworld. The first in a series, it is a complete book by itself, but leaves the reader wanting to find out more about the characters and what happens to everyone. It has been written with understanding of the thoughts and actions of preteen and early teens, with a dash of the supernatural. Cindy Cipriano writes a flowing story that moves smoothly from realism to magical and back to the world of man. It takes the reader along for an introduction to a new world. It is a dash of fantasy to enliven a children’s tale of growing up, accepting the changes that come with growing up and the responsibilities that effect everyone, faery or human. Enjoyable and believable, a great book for the reader that is expanding their reading material and imagination all at the same time. Cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Circle: Book One of the Sidhe is an excellent book! I could not put it down once I started reading it! The characters were well developed and realistic. As a 6th grade teacher, I felt that the characters would fit right into my classroom. I will definitely be recommending The Circle to my students, and I hope the next book in the series comes out soon!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firstly, I love the combination of folklore and fantasy. I didn't know anything about the Sidhe prior to reading The Circle so I've learned something new from reading this book. The opening provides a sense of mystery with Finley's disappearance. I liked the talent of mind reading all adult Sidhe possessed and how Calum was yet to develop this ability. Secondly, I like how they work together and the whole friendship and bonding that goes on throughout the book. I also like the good friends theme very much! I'm intrigued by the "legend" of the Sidhe fairies. I think weaving in a family secret, missing cousin, and the issue of trust brings a deeper storytelling to the readers. I think this is a fantastic start to a fabulous series. I congratulate Cindy Cipriano for producing such a wonderful debut novel. I would recommend this book to middle school grade or even older readers who like folklore, fantasy and fairies. I enjoyed it! I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Circle by Cindy Cipriano is a fantasy steeped in faerie mythology. The faeries, in this case, are a couple of middle school boys and their families. They are living seemingly normal, quiet lives in the mountains of North Carolina, but their life with the faerie clans  adds secrets and mysteries, including the sad disappearance of a beloved cousin/brother. Their secrets collide with the human world as they meet a new girl in town whose brother has also strangely disappeared. The story moves between the faerie and middle school   worlds comfortably and with familiarity. I was delighted to find a fantasy for middle-grade readers that has relatable characters and situations appropriate for the younger end of the audience, yet has enough mystery and substance to pique the interest of older readers as well. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series as the mysteries unfold and we learn more about the faerie realm. I think this book would especially appeal to kids in grades 4-7.