BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Cori Doerrfeld

BELIEVE YOUR EYES

From the "Cici: A Fairy's Tale" series, volume 1
Age Range: 7 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Alongside changing friendships and her parents’ imminent separation, Cici learns that she is also a hada, or fairy.

Cici's 10th birthday isn't going quite how she imagined it. She won’t be celebrating with her family and her best friend, Mia, like always: her dad’s moved out, popular Hazel is throwing a hot-tub party on the same day, and she’s unexpectedly sprouted a pair of shimmering pink wings. Cici's visiting abuela tells her that she is, like many of the women in her family, a hada. She has newfound powers besides the wings: she also has the "fairy sight," which lets her see people and situations around her as they truly are (like seeing mean-girl Hazel and her followers as a flock of chickens). Cici learns she has only one day to decide whether she wants to remain a hada or to surrender her powers forever—but with all the confusion about her parents and friends swirling about her, what should she choose? This first volume in a series offers surprisingly more depth than the pastel-pink fairy images might indicate. Conjured with a pleasing, candy-colored palette and surrounded by evocatively expressive secondary characters, Latina Cici is wholly likable, and her real-life concerns play out well juxtaposed with her more whimsical ones.

A thoughtful and entertaining mix of fantasy and real-world problems. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4677-6152-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Graphic Universe
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016




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