Mysteries, mazes, and magic combine in this smart, funny summer-camp fantasy.
Dahlia Shulman 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 Jewish 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 centre of the maze — but it will take all her courage, smarts, and sleight-of-hand skills to get her back out again.
Praise for The Path of Names:
"Goelman manages to balance numerous storylines seamlessly integrated with Jewish mysticism, creating a modern tale tangled with ancient mystery, complete with an heroic and electrifying ending." —Quill & Quire
"An interesting middle-grade summer-camp fantasy that incorporates mystery, mazes and magic. For kids who love complicated plots with twists and turns." —Open Book Toronto
"A good book . . . I would recommend it to adventure fans ages nine to 13." —The National Post (Natalie Conrad, age 8)
"[A] refreshing change from the usual focus in middle-grade Jewish fiction . . . The inclusion of a girl protagonist who loves math is also welcome." —Kirkus
"Debut author Goelman's story is full of exciting plot twists and well-rounded, engaging characters — all amped up by thrilling esoteric magic." —Booklist
"Intriguing and atmospheric, adding a new layer to the classic camp ghost stories." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books