Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Book Review - The Path of Names
Mysteries, mazes, and magic combine in this smart, funny summer-camp fantasy -- like THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER and CLAY for kids!
Dahlia Sherman loves magic, and Math Club, and Guitar Hero. She isn't so fond of nature walks, and Hebrew campfire songs, and mean girls her own age.
All of which makes a week at summer camp pretty much the worst idea ever.
But within minutes of arriving at camp, Dahlia realizes that it might not be as bad as she'd feared. First she sees two little girls walk right through the walls of her cabin. Then come the dreams -- frighteningly detailed visions of a young man being pursued through 1930s New York City. How are the dreams and the girls related? Why is Dahlia the only one who can see any of them? And what's up with the overgrown, strangely shaped hedge maze that none of the campers are allowed to touch? Dahlia's increasingly dangerous quest for answers will lead her right to the center of the maze -- but it will take all her courage, smarts, and sleight-of-hand skills to get her back out again.
About the Author
Ari Goelman has published many science-fiction/fantasy short stories, and his academic work has been covered by the Brookings Institution and the NEW YORK TIMES. An American citizen, Ari currently lives and teaches in Vancouver, Canada, with his family and the rain.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that incorporates so much into one book. If you have a child that loves mysteries, magic and so much more. What I loved more about this story were the characters as you really get brought into the story in general through their actions, and the main character is one that you end of wishing that you could know personally in the end. The author also does a great job at developing a world full of so much color and definition, you can actually hear, see and experience the world first hand. This was a great story that I encourage all to check out for yourself!
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