Circle of Secrets

Critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a haunting story of friendship and family and the power of faith, once again set against the lush backdrop of the Louisiana bayou.

After her mother walked out on Shelby Jayne and her dad, Shelby thought she’d never speak to her mamma again. But with her dad leaving the country for work, it turns out she doesn’t have a choice: Shelby has to move back into her mamma’s house, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou.

Her new classmates tease and torment her, so Shelby’s relieved to finally find a friend in Gwen, a mysterious girl who lives alone on the bayou. But Shelby can’t help wondering if Gwen has something to do with the puzzling messages she finds hidden in the blue bottle tree behind her house. The only person who might be able to explain is her mamma — but Shelby’s not ready to ask. Not yet. It may take a brush with something from the beyond to help Shelby see that the power to put her own ghosts to rest is within her reach.

Kimberley Griffiths Little’s haunting and powerful tale brings one girl’s attempt to grapple with family, friendship, and forgiveness to beautiful, vivid life.


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Reviews

Kirkus Reviews: "A steamy Louisiana bayou is the atmospheric backdrop to a tale about a daughter's estrangement from her mom, the mother's long-held guilty secret and a restless ghost's long-sought closure. Shelby gets drawn into mysterious doings involving strange notes hidden in glass bottles that hang from a tree near home . . The author serves up the setting well, evoking the sights, sounds and smells of the humid, tangled bayou. A very dramatic climax leads to a sweet, satisfying ending with some surprising twists and with reconciliation occurring for several characters.

For readers who like their ghost stories more friendly than terrifying." (Suspense. 9 -12)

**STARRED** Review from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: Gr 5-8– "A story of loss, love, and forgiveness. When Shelby Jane’s father is sent out of the country for his work and her Grandma Phoebe must have an operation, she is sent to live with her mama deep in the Louisiana bayou. Because Shelby, 10, believes that her mother abandoned her, the start of this mother/daughter reunion is contentious, and Shelby seems determined to maintain her distance. Mirage is a traiteur, a healer who ministers to those in need with herbal remedies, prayers, and patience. Selby’s reluctance to give an inch at first makes her transition to life in the bayou that much more difficult. She can’t, however, squelch her fascination with the blue bottle tree in the backyard. Mirage explains that the bottles are supposed to capture spirits and that notes are put inside to send messages from the beyond. A mysterious tone permeates this gripping story. Shelby is a believable, fully developed character, as is Mirage. When the child starts at her new school, she is drawn into a frightening truth-or-dare challenge by the in crowd, which foreshadows future eerie, terrifying developments. Her strong friendship with mysterious Gwen dovetails with her determination to understand notes she takes from the blue bottle tree and Mirage’s references to painful memories she is trying to forget. Little’s rich, vivid prose and characterization create an intriguing universe in which realism and mysticism intertwine as the story’s secrets unravel. Fans of Little’s The Healing Spell (Scholastic, 2010) and Donna Jo Napoli’s Alligator Bayou (Random, 2009) will be well served by this selection."

American Library Association BOOKLIST Review: "In this atmospheric story—part mystery, part ghost story—set deep in the Louisiana bayous, 11-year-old Shelby has her hands full. She has to contend not only with a contingent of malicious local bullies but also her conflicted feelings for her estranged mother, Mirage—a traiteur, or traditional healer—with whom she must live while her father travels on business. Tormented, she skips classes to meet up with a mysterious girl named Gwen who frequents a spooky bridge—the site of some of the bullies’ cruel games. Gwen also seems to be connected to the messages Shelby finds inside the blue bottles adorning her mother’s backyard “bottle” tree, as well as the heirloom charm bracelet bequeathed to Shelby by Mirage. Everything converges at the bridge during a dramatic and dangerous storm, and the final revelations make for a satisfying ending."
—Karen Cruze




Comments

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  1. please if you can ,email me!!! also in the healing spell will there be another novel to the book telling if the mamma will ever wake up and how it is.

    Please,Please,Please,email me my answers by the way the healing spell was the best book I can really relate to it because I’m ELEVEN

    • OMG the healing spell is so GOOD!!!! But i think that there ISN’T going to be another book for The Healing Spell because there hasn’t been a squeal to any of her books. :(. I think the mama does wake up though. 🙂

    • She told be that in the Circle of secrets and the rest of the books that at the very end of all those book it will tell you more about what happened with her mama.Were you mad that it was left on a cliffhanger?Reply back please.

  2. This very minute I just finished The Healing Spell, its was awesome. Did Livie’s mom ever wake up from the sleeping sickness? Please email me.

  3. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I just finished the healing spell and i really want to know if mamma will ever wake up!!!!!!! Please write a sequal to the healing spell!!!!! I an begging you!!!! Please!!!! I am also 11 so I am SO excited for your next book!!!! So please write a sequal to the healing spell!!!!!! Thank You!!

  5. PLEASE write sequal to Healing Spell!!! I want to see what happens between Livie and TJacues Landry!! Plus I want to see if Livie’s mom wakes up.

    • YASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #awesomebooks 🙂 😉 😉 😉 ;0

    • I total agree with you.I am wondering will they end up together and was the healing spell for her or for her mama?

  6. Is this a sequel?

  7. Oh, and yes agreed with Georgia…. please make a sequel, I really want to know if the mom wakes up!

  8. I am still reading ‘Circle of Secrets’ it is a great book and i love Mirage’s names for her pets they are so adorable. i love the idea of a Blue Bottle tree. I might make on at my house. Love the book and it’s one of those when I have to stop reading i stretch and yawn like i’ve been asleep. It’s so amazing!

  9. i LOVED Circle of Secrets the best book ever i got it when i was 9 and i never read it and now im 11 anjd i LOVE it SOOOOO much thank you Kimberly!!

  10. I love this book!!!!!!! My mom got it for me and it is signed!!!! My mom is Kimberly’s friends and she comes to my book fair a lot!!!!

  11. Bob was moi and I was at school. I was bored working on a power point on Circle of Secrets, but I liked the book a lot:). Happy beloved Easter everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. loved the official trailor. maybe make it more animated>>?

    • Thank you, Gabriella!

      • make another book related to The Healing Spell my friends and I read it in a reading group and we just finished today we want to know what happens next. We LOVED IT!

        • I’m so happy to hear this, Alissa! So glad you and your friends enjoyed The Healing Spell so much. And yes, there is more about Livie and Miz Mirage in my book Circle of Secrets. And When the Butterflies Came, and then The Time of the Fireflies. All the stories are connected in fun ways. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

  13. I love this book I wish I had it at my house

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