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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1999
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Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia,
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The action is swift, the fantasy world nicely defined, and the ending will leave readers wanting more. With a multicultural cast and enough gender role-reversal to make a lot of people happy, this is a promising first title in a series.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
[T]his is an enjoyable fantasy for middle-grade readers, who will look forward to the next book in the series.
--School Library Journal
Pierce has created an excellent new world where magic is a science and populated it with a cast of well-realized characters. Teens will eagerly await the planned sequels.
Top Customer Reviews
Sandry's Book, being the first book in the Circle Opens, is basically an introduction to all four of the characters: Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar. All of these children are either orphaned or have relatives that do not wish to have them. Since they all come from different social classes and they all have different beliefs, their meeting is an awkward one, but since they were chosen to live in the same house, they must learn to at least respect each other. While they are staying at the Winding Circle Temple, they each discover that they have their own magical gifts: Sandry is gifted in working thread, Tris in changing the weather, Daja in working different types of metal, and Briar in taking care of plants. Since they were not born in an environment that was able to favour these magical gifts, they must now learn how to understand and control them.
I recommend this story to any Tamora Pierce fan, however those who are older than twelve-years-old might not enjoy this series as much as her previous ones, especially if they are avid readers. However, even though this book is destined to pre-teenagers, what the book lacks of in maturity and complexity is gained in the discovery of a whole new world. Enjoy!
I found this book to be magical, entertaining, and exciting. THe only complaint I had with it is how the charecters were first found by Niko and that's more something that irks me than anything. I wish I could have picked this up a few years ago, I may have enjoyed it even more. I will definatly pick up the final three books in this series. I can't wait to see what happens to these four appealing charecters.
By: Tamora Pierce
Four friends with magical powers over weather and water, wind, earth, and fire are brought to Winding Tower's school. Tremors have been happening all summer. Then an earthquake was to hit Water Tower's school, sister school of Winding Tower. When the earthquake hit Water Tower's school the mages, people with the power of an element, tried to stop it but just made it stronger. Now the earthquake is heading straight for Winding Tower. When the quake hits most of the school's children are trapped including the four friends. Will they live? Will someone find them?
I liked the amount of description the author put into this book. I like the intensity of this book. I love the conflict that the author uses in this book. I love how the author keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next.
This book made me realize that you can find friends in different places. This book made me think that you should not judge people before you know them.
I would recommend this book to anyone that needs to read a great adventure story. I would recommend this to children in the 4th grade to children in the 9th grade. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to read a series of books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A perfect beginning to a new system of magic and a new children's book series. Briar, Tris, Sandry, and Daja are collected from around the world, brought to the Winding Circle,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dione Basseri
i have always enjoyed Tamora Pierces book series as they are able to easily submerse the reader into that world with well fleshed out charactersPublished 1 month ago by Kaneko
Once again a Tamora Pierce novel has brought me great joy. (So glad to see there's a new cover design!)Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Let every child read this book. The whole series. It's time for people to realize that honesty isn't offensive and crafts have real value.Published 2 months ago by L. Macy Mondor
The first book of a great series. Worth the read for the entire quartet. The second quartet is also worth it, though only will of the empress is worth the read in the thirdPublished 4 months ago by Ry
My daughter received this book for Christmas as her read from Santa and loves it. She often reads numerous books at once and doesn't really tell me much about them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mechelle
I hadn't read this book since middle school and decided to go ahead and buy it on my kindle. Glad to say I was not disappointed!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Guadalupe G Herrera
A reread favorite... Important coming of age ideas...for people of all ages.
Hope to pass it on to the generations that follow.