THE PATH OF NAMES (Scholastic, Summer 2013) by Ari Goelman sounds like it will be filled with magic and mystery – the perfect middle grade novel. And it finally has a cover! Scroll down to read the synopsis, check out the cover, and enter to win an ARC of the book!
Dahlia Shulman loves magic tricks and math and video games. She isn’t so fond of campfire songs, or lightning storms, or mean girls her own age.
All of which makes three weeks at sleepaway camp pretty much the worst thing she can imagine.
But once she arrives, Camp Arava quickly proves more interesting than Dahlia expected. First she sees two little girls walk through the wall of her cabin. Then come the dreams about a young Jewish man getting chased through the streets of New York City. The camp goofball makes Dahlia his best friend, while the camp caretaker seems to think she’s his worst enemy. And there’s a mysterious hedge maze none of the campers are allowed to get near . . .
How can the little girls walk through the walls? Why does the caretaker guard the overgrown maze so fiercely? What do the dreams have to do with anything? And can lightning really strike the same place twice? Dahlia’s quest for answers will lead her right to the heart of the maze — but it will take all her courage, smarts, and sleight-of-hand skills to get her back out again.
Much of The Path of Names is based on Ari Goelman’s real life experiences at summer camp, where he was frequently involved in solving murder mysteries and communicating with ghosts. Since then, he’s earned a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a researcher, university instructor, writer and stay-at-home dad. Ari’s short stories have appeared in about a dozen venues, among them Strange Horizons and Fantasy Magazine. The Path of Names is his debut novel.
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And now for the giveaway! Ari was generous enough to donate an ARC of THE PATH OF NAMES to one lucky US/Canada winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!