The Circle Girls
Seeing the truth beyond the surface:
What a riveting story, right from the start! The story throws you right in the midst of the turmoil in Salem, Massachusetts during the famous witch trials. You feel the anxiety and dreadfulness of that time when an entire town gets caught up in a few girls’ fanciful stories. But, the author does a fantastic job bringing the reader back and forth between that time and a present time when prejudice and greed influence another time and place. The story shows us how human nature can so easily get caught up in rumors and speculation and twist the truth into something cruel and totally false. The main character, a young teen, struggles with holding on to her faith and beliefs while being pulled so strongly into the warped views of her circle of friends. This is a story of learning to stand for what you believe and learning to see beyond what the public or media want you to see. I really enjoyed this story and couldn’t put it down from the minute I started it.