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The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure
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May 06, 12

bookshelves: families, mysteries, ncbla2013
Read in May, 2012

When two girls, Frances, 9, and Elsie, 15, claim to see fairies near where they live in Cottingley, their parents press them for proof, and as a lark, they end up photographing paper fairy cutouts painted by Elsie and staged outdoors. They had no idea that so much attention would be stirred up by their photos and that even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would find their photograph credible and beg to see one of the fairies. Perhaps most astounding of all is how the two managed to keep their secret for six decades. When readers look at the photos now, they may be puzzled as to how the photos ever fooled anyone, but perhaps there is truth to the saying that we often see what we want to see. Back matter includes an acknowledgment and source notes, attesting to the thoroughness of the author's research of this fascinating bit of history.
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