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Sandry's Book: Library Edition (Circle of Magic)

Press: Full Cast Audio; Unabridged edition (September 25, 2006)
Author Name:Pierce, Tamora


When four strange, and strangely talented, youngsters are brought to Winding Circle by master mage Niko they find themselves drawn together in a Circle of Magic—a circle that binds them despite their differences.Tamora Pierce, America’s most popular writer of young adult fantasy novels, weaves her own special magic in the opening volume of her wildly popular Circle of Magic quartet. 
Tammy herself narrates this recording, supported by a cast of nearly thirty actors, including Bruce Coville appearing as Niko.
The rich web of voices bring this intricate story to life in a way that listeners will never forget.


An exceptional match between voices and the character descriptions. 
-- Audiofile Magazine, October/November 2002This enthralling production will be enjoyed by both children and adults.
-- The Shy Librarian, Spring 2003

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From the Publisher

Sandry's Book:  Circle of Magic Book 1 is a multi-voiced recording featuring author Tamora Pierce as narrator and the fabulous Full Cast Audio family of actors. 
Over 21 different actors join together to present this magical saga of four children who must learn to discipline their inherent "wild magic".
The roles of the children are played by real life children, which adds an authentic touch.
Reminiscent of classic radio drama, this intriguing audiobook is even better because it contains the full, unabridged text.
Special Feature: An exclusive afterword with best-selling fantasy author Tamora Pierce, who talks about what inspired her to write the Circle of Magic series.

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From the Author

Those four nights of recording SANDRY'S BOOK, I came as close as I can to shaking hands with characters who had once leaped into my mind, as if they'd waited all along to talk to me. 
I don't think a writer can get a better gift.

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From the Inside Flap

This is a story about craft, about work, about magic, and most of all about the pleasure and difficulty of friendship. 
It begins when four young misfits with a talent for magic (and trouble!) arrive at Winding Circle Temple.
Despite their differences, Sandry (the noble), Tris (the merchant girl), Daja (the trader), and Briar (the "streetrat") find themselves bound together in a Circle of Magic--a circle they will need when they face crushing danger in a white-knuckle climax that will have listeners glued to the edge of their seats.
Special feature: an exclusive afterword with Tamora Pierce, talking about how she wrote CIRCLE OF MAGIC.

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About the Author

Best-selling fantasy author Tammy Pierce has written over twenty novels for young readers, including the well-loved Protector of the Small and Circle of Magic quartets. 
A former radio actress, Tammy has a special affinity for audiobooks, and loves being back in front of the microphone to work with Full Cast Audio.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband, (spouse-creature) writer/filmmaker Tim Liebe, and their three cats, two parakeets, plus a floating population of rescued wildlife.

From AudioFile

In the first book of Pierce's Circle of Magic quartet, the mage Niklaren Goldeye gathers four children and takes them to Winding Circle temple. 
They possess powers they do not understand, which leads to their being moved to Discipline cottage and which may end up making them a family.
Full Cast Audio used almost 30 actors in this presentation, and the result is an exceptional match between the voices and the character descriptions, including children's characters being voiced by children.
The resulting authenticity helps bring the world of Emelan to life.
High production values are also seen in the musical accents and sound quality.
© AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  •     I am re-reading each quartet on the Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce. I grew up reading these books, and reading them again I feel so grateful to have an author capture diversity and fantasy and the different ways kids grow up in this crazy world and so many other amazing topics all in this series. Really, anything Tamora Pierce writes has touched my life in some way, has given me a new perspective or given me someone to relate to when I though no one could. I've been a fan since I was 12 years old and I know I'll be a fan for the rest of my life. At this point, at 25 years of age, still being able to relate, to be able to reminisce, and to learn more from each of the characters is phenomenal. If you've never picked up her books, Sandry's Book is always a good place to start. And if you have kids in your life, introduce them to this series. I'm waiting very impatiently for my year old nephew, and I shove it into the hands of all the kiddies I know.

  •     It take a while for this YA Fantasy to really get going, but this is first class worldbuilding.BOOK DETAILS:Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce, read & published by...

  •     Let every child read this book. The whole series. It's time for people to realize that honesty isn't offensive and crafts have real value.

  •     The first book of a great series. Worth the read for the entire quartet. The second quartet is also worth it, though only will of the empress is worth the read in the third

  •     This novel opens the series by tracking the quest of Nicholas Goldeneye who is wandering the world looking for those who possess wild magic. He collects four disparate youth who are all in difficult straits: one trapped in hidden chamber without light and surrounded by plague victims, another about to be sent to penal work for a pattern of thievery, a young Trader girl who is cursed for being the only survivor from her family's ship, and another girl who has been tossed from relative to relative, followed by strange weather events. These youngsters are brought to the university to learn to discover and control their magic, discovering along the way that they have forged a deep friendship for life.If you love great fantasy, you must try this book. (And the rest of this quartet and the next quartet and the next . . .

  •     A perfect beginning to a new system of magic and a new children's book series. Briar, Tris, Sandry, and Daja are collected from around the world, brought to the Winding Circle,...

  •     SANDRY'S BOOK isn't just a story about young thread-mage-in-training Sandrilene fa Toren. It's about her as well as her foster siblings - Daja (metals), Briar (plants), and Tris...

  •     i have always enjoyed Tamora Pierces book series as they are able to easily submerse the reader into that world with well fleshed out characters

  •     Once again a Tamora Pierce novel has brought me great joy. (So glad to see there's a new cover design!)

  •     I was a huge fan of Pierce's Tortall series growing up. I'm not sure why I never got into the Emelan series back then as well. As an adult, I've actually found that the Tortall books aged quite well, so I decided to give this series a shot.The novel starts by introducing our four heroes (yes, there's four protagonists in these books). Sandry is a noblewoman who survives a plague that kills her parents. She's hidden in a dark room with no windows or doors for a month, slowly losing her mind, until she's found and brought to Winding Circle. Daja survives a shipwreck that kills the rest of the crew, including her entire family, only to be declared unlucky and cast away from everything she knows. Briar is an orphaned thief who narrowly escapes a short life in the mines by being brought to Winding Circle. Tris is shifted from relative to relative, all the while knowing none of them particularly want her around, until she too is brought to Winding Circle. There, the four quickly stand out for one reason or another (largely, they're pretty obstinate and this gets them into trouble) until they're brought together and told they have magic.All in all this book was enjoyable, although with everything split between the four protagonists I didn't feel like there was a lot of time for character development. I also found it a little far-fetched when the kids are told they have magic and none of them believe it. The reader gets to see them doing magic pretty much from page one, so it comes as no surprise to us at least. And for four kids who've never practiced magic before, they seem to get really powerful really quickly. I wish this was slowed down more and given time to develop.That said, I still liked all of the characters. I love how Pierce actually has her characters overcoming hardships, and no one in this series gets to live a cushy life. The four contrasting protagonists also make it so that just about any reader can surely identify with one of them, which I do think is good for a younger audience.All in all I didn't think this lived up to the Tortall series, but it probably isn't fair to compare them. I also still ended up reading the entire quartet, and will probably continue into the next one.

  •     Good series for teens

  •     Rereading the series for the first time since I was a teenager (about 10 years). It still holds up as a YA fantasy classic, with creative world building and memorable characters.

  •     What a beautiful magical tale Tamora Pierce weaves in this series. If you have never read any of her books you should go check out some of her other series. This series though is one of my favorite, I have all four books on audio. Sometimes on a rainy day, I'll sit and listen to these books. This series is about four people, who all seemingly have stories that are separate but become intertwined with one another. Its a series about magic, turmoil, love, but most of all friendship. The minute I picked up the book and started to read I couldn't put it down, which is why I was happy when I found out she wrote three more! If you like this story look up the Circle of Magic Series to read the rest!

  •     Book 1 of the Circle of Magic! This book I read once a long time ago, back when it was still a new series coming out! I'd finished reading the Immortals series, and was craving more writing by this author, and here it is! This astounding novel of finding self, helping self, and how to make yourself stronger is filled with the thoughts and doubts of the four teenage kids as they learn they have magic, and their growth as they learn to control their magic. We're taken to their world, where they were cast-a-ways among their own people, thought to be nothing more than the refuse of their society, and their path towards redemption not to their societies, but to themselves.In this book, they battle themselves, reshaping their magic to help it grow, when it is put to the test by being buried alive in an earthquake.

  •     Part of a series that eventually grow to eight books this one introduces a interesting magical world inhabited by four young people with unusual magical powers. This one sets the series up and introduces Sandry a young woman who can control thread. Very much a young adult book this the first is the strongest ofmthe series originally written in the early 2000s. Like all of Pierces work very fun read.

  •     I first read this book 14 years ago when I was around 12 years old. Rereading it now in my 20s has not diminished the wonderful stories and characters!


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