Truth in Sight (CICI: A Fairy's Tale #2)

by Cori Doerrfeld (Author) Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Cici has a lot to figure out. She's learning how to make friends. She's learning how to be a better big sister. Oh, and she's learning how to use her fairy powers! Things look easy for Kendra, a popular girl at Cici's school. So when Cici finds Kendra's lost doll, she uses her magic to play a trick: change the doll, and Kendra changes too! It's only a joke--but the changes could last forever if Cici doesn't learn to see the best in people.
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Kirkus Reviews

A likable protagonist and fantasy elements make this well-trod ground feel fairly fresh. 


Cici, her mom, and Abuela are Latina, and Abuela uses occasional Spanish words and phrases.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Cici is adjusting to her parents' divorce and her newly acquired fairy magic. She spends her weekends at her dad's house with her younger sister, Sofia, who cries the entire time, and her days at school lonely after having a falling out with her best friend. Cici gets to know Kendra, the daughter of the man her mother is seeing. Resentful because she believes that Kendra's life is perfect, Cici plays a mean trick on the other girl, distorting the features on Kendra's beloved doll. This alters Kendra's appearance in a way that only Cici and other fairies can see, which leads the protagonist to believe that it isn't causing any lasting harm. When Cici's grandmother discovers the magical misdeeds, she uses the moment to teach the girl an important lesson about her magic. The themes of divorce, friendship, and the implications of magic will resonate with kids. Spanish language is peppered throughout the text, and the vibrant cartoon illustrations give readers insight into the characters' inner lives. VERDICT Fans of Ashley Spires's "Binky" books and Victoria Jamieson's new series "Pets on the Loose!" will be ready to tackle this next. A wonderful addition to a must-have series.--Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Cori Doerrfeld
Cori Doerrfeld is the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of The Rabbit Listened and has also created art for such books as That's Life! and Help Mom Work from Home! Originally from Illinois, Cori moved to Minnesota for college and quickly fell in love with the state's natural beauty. This book is her homage to the North Shore along Lake Superior as well as the magnificence and mystery one may find when surrounded by nature. It is also a nod to her dad and Grandpa Lenny and an examination of the many layers that make up the human experience. Today, Cori can still be found exploring Minnesota--now with her husband, two children, and rescue dog, Jinx.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Graphic Universe (Tm)
Publication date
August 01, 2016
CICI: A Fairy's Tale
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
JUV011030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino
Library of Congress categories
Graphic novels
Fantasy comic books, strips, etc
Hispanic Americans
Comics (Graphic works)
Fantasy comics

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