Circle of Fire
By S. M. Hall
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Paperback, 9781847801210, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Maya Brown is bored with being cooped up in her grandmother's house over the summer, and is dying to get involved in her mother's intelligence operation against a group of would-be terrorists. But when her mum, Pam, is kidnapped by the criminals, Maya is suddenly plunged headlong into a world of intrigue and danger. Can Maya find out what the terrorist cell are plotting in time, and without putting her mother's life further at risk? And is the mysterious Khaled luring her into a trap, or a secret ally?
An fast-paced thriller by an established author of teenage fiction, with a fiesty and charismatic heroine who will appeal to boys and girls alike. This is a gripping adventure story that also deals sensitively with issues of inter-racial understanding and the social causes behind extremism.
Sylvia Hall has a track record of powerful and exciting fiction for young adults, and Circle of Fire confirms her reputation.