Circle of Three has been mentioned in and even been the subject of scholarly papers.
"Becoming a Woman through Wicca"Edit
Dr. Christine Jarvis of the University of Huddersfield in England mentioned Circle of Three in her paper "Becoming a Woman through Wicca: Witches and Wiccans in Contemporary Teen Fiction"
"Reading between the Magic"Edit
At the American Academy of Religion's 2005 annual meeting in Philadelphia, Circle of Three was discussed as part of the program on "New Religious Movements"
Reading between the Magic: Exploring Isobel Bird's Young Adult Fiction Series, The Circle of Three; Laurel Zwissler, University of Toronto
Today, with the wide range of young adult fiction involving magical themes, adolescent readers have significant access to alternative pantheons, theologies, and life-perspectives.
How do authors of these texts understand the religious elements in their stories? Are they purposely teaching their readers about Neo-Paganism, or are they merely aiming to entertain? How do the readers of texts with Neo-Pagan themes interpret those elements of the books? Is Neo-Paganism part of the fiction, or do readers approach fiction as informative of their own religious options? What are some of the social implications of combining Neo-Paganism and series fiction?
This paper focuses on the series _Circle of Three_ by Isobel Bird as an example of Neo-Pagan themed, young adult fiction. Through use of textual analysis, published author interviews, and book reviews by readers, this paper investigates the author’s intentions, responses of young adult readers, and the role of religion in the books.