- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847801218
- ISBN-13: 978-1847801210
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Circle of Fire (The Maya Brown Missions) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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Four stars: A lightening-fast, high octane thriller… The book's success lies in the fact that explorations of motive and meaning do not slow down the page-turning urgency that lies at the heart of all thrillers. (Books for Keeps)
Deals with issues of racism, violence and religion with delicacy and sensitivity, while managing to give us a fast-paced, high-octane ride from start to finish. (Armadillo Magazine)
About the Author
As well as writing for teens, S. M. HALL is a journalist whose work included a column for the Guardian when she was living in the States. She has taught speech and drama and was recently involved in staging a musical in Qatar. She has recently become custodian of Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool for the National Trust. Her husband, who was in the rock business, is custodian of John Lennon's childhood home. You can visit S. M. Hall's website at http://www.sylviahallwriter.co.uk/.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is an amazing read and is a great book to take on holiday if you are going on a plane or are spending some time beside the pool. I read alot and read about 25 to 30 books a month. I spend nearly all my time reading ad this deffinately has to be one of my number one reads. It's unputdownable.
Action-packed, pacy and relevant it's a definite page-turner. The hero, fifteen year old Maya Brown is a very believable character. Remember she's just fifteen and this is just the first of a series of stories so hopefully she will being given time to develop as a character- 'Circle Of Fire' is our introduction to a girl who is clearly a complex person with a mysterious background which hopefully will be revealed in subsequent adventures.
Typically then - like many youngsters - she's independent, doesn't like taking advice, headstrong - and yet Maya is different. On the surface your average teen but ultimately possessing the qualities we like our heroes to have, which make them a tad special, someone we can admire and imagine doing the things she does: she's a risk taker, self-confident (without being obnoxious), brave, fit (as in she 'works out' and as in 'attractive') and skilled in combat and shooting a gun.
The journey on which she embarks - to save her Mum from terrorists - immediately engages our interest and attention and as the tension mounts so do the issues Maya has to consider.
The strength of Hall's novel is that it does tackle head-on very difficult issues - issues of prejudice and terrorism that are part of everyday life and which teenagers will recognise and know affect them directly both as individuals and as members of British society. Of course they will have opinions on these issues and 'Circle Of Fire' provides an opportunity to consider, debate and air their views.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. The story had loads of twists and turns and there was a lot to think about. Maya is brave and she stuck to her task. I liked her. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2011
I have to say I disagree with the reviewer who says this book gets lost in the terrorism/racism elements. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2011 by T.A.
An excellent teen read, and even loved by my book-phobic little sister! An exciting storyline written in such a manner that it is impossible to put down. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by Eleana
A fabulous tenacious read that my daughter and I simply adored. Deals with challenging issues with insight and sensitivity whilst keeping you turning the pages. S.M. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2011 by Lauren Fordham
I'm a fairly strong advocate for the young spy/action here genre of novel and as of yet, I haven't found one that I extremely disliked. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2011 by A. Wright