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Cici: A Fairy's Tale, Book 1
Written by: Cori Doerrfeld
Length: 12 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A lot is changing for Cici. Her parents are separating, her wacky abuela is moving in, and on her 10th birthday, she wakes up with fairy wings! Cici's new magical powers let her see people as they truly are. But what she learns about her friends and family isn't always easy to accept.

She has only one day to decide whether to keep her wings. When Cici wishes life could just be normal again, will she choose to believe in the power of fairies?

©2016 Cori Doerrfeld (P)2018 Lerner Digital ™

Critic Reviews

"So far, Cici's 10th birthday isn't shaping up well. For starters, her dad just left, her crazy abuela moved in, and her best friend wants to go to a party thrown by the popular girls. This all would be more than enough to handle, but on the morning of her birthday, Cici wakes up with...wings?? Thankfully, her grandmother is here to help her out, explaining that fairies run in the family, and Cici has begun to discover her powers. But Cici has only one day to decide if she wants to embrace her fairy heritage or forget and be human.... Cici's adventures are humorously depicted. Her fairy sight allows her to see things as they are, which means her multitasking mom suddenly has octopus arms, and the popular girls are all identical, chattering hens. The multicultural cast and universal themes make this a promising start to a series and a solid introduction to graphic novels." (Booklist)

"Ten-year-old Cici has been through a lot. Her parents announce that they are getting divorced, she feels pressured by her friend to grow up, and she suddenly realizes she has magical powers. And now Cici has only one day to decide whether to keep her newfound powers or discard them. The story moves exceptionally fast, rapidly switching between scenes, which makes it difficult for readers to connect with the characters or learn about their motivations. Refreshingly, Cici's problems don't magically go away by the end, and while she loses some friends, she winds up with stronger ties to her family.... VERDICT: A decent graphic novel addition." (School Library Journal)

"The husband-and-wife team of Doerrfeld (Matilda in the Middle) and Page (the Chicagoland Detective Agency series) launch the Cici: A Fairy's Tale series about a Latina girl who discovers she is a fairy. With Cici's 10th birthday approaching, she unexpectedly sprouts pink wings one morning. Her abuelita then reveals her own wings and tells Cici that the two of them are hadas, or fairies. Cici's powers include 'fairy sight': Her mother seems to use octopus arms to juggle multiple tasks one busy morning, while Cici's younger sister retreats into a turtle shell, upset by their parents' impending divorce. This is essentially a setup tale - a plot line in which Cici and her friend attend a hot tub party competing with Cici's birthday plays into a follow-the-crowd vs be-yourself dynamic that helps Cici decide whether to embrace her newfound magical heritage" (Publishers Weekly)

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