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Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner


Book Summary

When Circa's father dies suddenly, there is a huge hole in her heart and her home. Circa's mother struggles to keep up normal routines, and Circa desperately misses her father's ability to look at the world in a quirky, funny, almost magical way.

She reviews his doctored photos - cleverly inserted odd details into existing pictures from his studio - and it's a way of holding on to a part of him. When a strange boy arrives on their doorstep with a connection to her father, Circa can't help wondering whether there's something magical happening.

Circa Now book cover
Circa Now

Book Review

Circa is not a remarkably memorable character, although the book's plot is unique and keeps readers turning pages. The relationships depicted in this book are realistically presented, but not especially standard for this age group, from the family friends in the neighborhood to the social worker, and it's nice to see something a little different.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Photography; Digital Editing
  • Believing in Strange Connections
  •  Family Relationships

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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