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By Kari Maaren

“A charming, extraordinarily relatable book with the potential to become a timeless classic.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“This is an ambitious, intricate, joyful coming-of-age tale, with memorable characters and a powerful sense of wonder.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Maaren’s characters are by turns charming, annoying, and frequently hilarious. The quick pace and dialog may remind readers of Madeleine L’Engle or Jasper Fforde, making the protagonists timeless in their own way. Verdict: With definite YA crossover appeal but enough action and intrigue for adults, Maaren’s enchanting debut is for anyone who enjoys stretching their imagination or is nostalgic for their teenage years.”—Library Journal, (Starred Review, Debut of the Month)

“Kari Maaren’s Weave a Circle Round is deeply engaging, wildly
imaginative, and frequently mindbending. Its central mystery grows ever
more perplexing as the book hurtles toward its remarkable climax, with
final pages that will have readers turning back to the beginning to see how
the author has indeed woven her enchanted circle.”
Bruce Coville

9780765386281_fcMadeleine L’Engle meets Stranger Things in this debut fantasy adventure about how the unexpected can move in next door.

Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn’t want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he’s deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she’s a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible.

Then someone moves into the house on Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren’t . . . normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she’s had enough of Josiah following her around, she’s plunged into an adventure millennia in the making and discovers the truth about the new neighbors.

WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND is a marvellous, brainy romp through history and myth. This is a true puzzle-box of a story, as fun to solve as it is to read.”
– Sarah Henstra, author of MAD MISS MIMIC

“In WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND, fourteen year old Freddy Duchamp is sent hurtling through human history, caught in time with a boy she barely knows and cannot trust. How can she find out who Josiah is, what he’s hiding, and whether he poses a threat to her family? She can’t even get back to the twenty-first century and her horribly boring high school English class! Kari Maaren’s witty, cliche-skewering debut novel is a vivid picture of a blended family in turmoil, an intricate temporal puzzle box, and a grand adventure.” — A.M. Dellamonica, author of THE NATURE OF A PIRATE

“Wonderful characters, masterful control of material and a refreshingly different kind of plot. I’d have loved this book when I was twelve, and I love it now.” — Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy-Award winning author Jo Walton

“Reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones. Maaren understands the power of stories — and the danger of them, too. What starts out as the simple tale of some wacky neighbors soon takes a far more epic turn, as Maaren leads you deep into the heart of her own fascinating mythology.” — Marie Brennanauthor of the DOPPELGANGER duology

“Impossible sand, unfinished poems, Vikings, borks, dangerous deities, grade 9: Freddy Duchamp encounters all of these and more in the headlong adventure that is WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND. In Freddy, Kari Maaren has created an unforgettable, totally unique character: wry and scared, lonely and stubborn, angry and hopeful–but above all, determined to solve the mysteries she stumbles over, again and again, as she flits through time. The biggest mystery of them all is how she fits in–and the solution is as surprising as it is satisfying. This is a wonderful debut novel. I can’t wait for Maaren’s next.” — Caitlin Sweet, author of THE FLAME IN THE MAZE

“Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve just rolled a 2o! WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND is a trope-defying, endlessly entertaining romp. Maaren’s wry sense of humour and crisp prose make this refreshing tale of destinies gone haywire an absolute must-read.” –  Charlene Challenger, author of THE VOICES IN BETWEEN

“WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND draws the reader down a crooked pathway full of sharp turns and daunting obstacles. The thought-provoking story engages both heart and mind as we live every challenge with Freddy and her unusual companions. A real box of surprises, this novel deserves to become a YA classic.” — Juliet Marillier, author of the BLACKTHORN AND GRIM series

“I adored this brilliant book from start to finish. It left me reeling with delight and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get as lost in its pages as I was.” – Charles de Lint, author of SEVEN WILD SISTERS


Kirkus Review
Publishers Weekly Review

Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017


Tor, World, Fall 2017


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