The Mushroom Circle
A Fairy Tale for Giants
by Clare C. Newbury
ISBN-13: 9781401015190 (Trade Paperback)
Pub. Date: October 2001
Most of us of some vintage age grew up believing in the Tooth Fairy. There were other sundry creatures lurking in the woods to give us a scare should we venture out on a late night. How about those moths flittering about that might just well be pixies. One can never be too sure, can they?
Probably your average adult would say that fairy tales are for kids. Oh, not so! Clare Newbury has crafted a fairy tale that any adult would find fascinating and down right humorous.
The story takes place in the summer of 1953 on Terrapin Island just off the coast of Maine. Young Dawn McKay along with an exquisite cast of characters suddenly become quite aware of the other inhabitants of Terrapin Island, although Marian Fuller, the island’s librarian, has known about the existence of the wee folk for quite sometime. Newbury has crafted a grand narrative with engaging characters who’s antics and everyday mannerisms will certainly cause more than a few chuckles as one reads. It is also a grand tale of love and learning to look beyond first impressions to the heart. Though a little reminiscent of Lake Wobegon Days, this is yet a fairy tale for giants.—Steven Fivecats, Editor