Review: The Path of Names by Ari Goelman

Dahlia Sherman is sure she’ll hate everything about the Jewish camp her parents are forcing her to go to. But the, some suspicions arise. First she sees two little girls walk through her cabin’s walls. Then comes the mysterious, vivid dreams and flashbacks belonging to a young Jewish man, David Schank. And there’s a hedge-y labyrinth nobody is allowed to enter. Dahlia’s quest for answers is filled with all things superstitious, ghostly, and supernatural. . . 

I liked the adventure and supernatural elements of this book. I didn’t like that I felt I had to skim many boring parts. I honestly did not care about David Schank. This book also had many, many Jewish references, which is fine. But I am not Jewish, so I really didn’t understand and was kind of confused throughout this whole book. I think Jewish readers would get a better overall experience of this book. For the above listed reasons, I give The Path of Names ***. (three stars out of five.) 

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Review: Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Circle of Secrets was an okay book in my opinion. I felt like it was longer than it needed to be because there were a lot of boring, stretched-out parts that I ended up skimming.

Circle of Secrets was about a girl named Shelby whose mother has abandoned her and her father. It was really peculiar because Shelby randomly goes off to live with her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. She just waltzes in and is like “Hey mom,” like they see each other all the time. And I was like “Wut wut”

There’s also a lot of mysteries going on. For example, why are there spots of blood on the dock? Who keeps leaving notes in the blue bottle tree? Why do Shelby and her new friend Gwen have matching bracelets? And… is Gwen a ghost?

I liked the mystery part of the book, and I think the author’s mistake was focusing too much on friendship drama and mean girls. I would’ve liked for the author to have more of the book about the mysteries.

But overall, the book was worth reading, and I would recommend it XD

If you liked this book, there’s another book by this author called The Healing Spell. It seems very similar to Circle of Secrets, though.

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Review: Freaks by Kieran Larwood

Freaks is a good book set in Victorian London. It features Sheba, Akiko, and a certain Monkey, and describes their adventures. Completely normal, right? Right. . . except for one small issue: they’re all in a freak show.

Meet Akiko, always known as Sister Moon, is a girl ninja! She’s tough, skilled, and amazing! Meet Sheba the Wolfgirl, who morphs into a wolf! Meet the incredibly stinky Monkeyboy, who takes some pranks a little too far.

They’re all in a traveling sideshow along with some other freaks when they hear that street urchins are being snatched! Moon, Sheba, and Monkeyboy know all too well what it is to be an outsider, so are they going to let other defenseless children suffer? No. Way.

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My Library Haul- May 22

Ah. So here we are, back again for more Library Haul! I’m glad you like this feature, as you were the one who clicked on the post title to read more. Come and delve into the deep, wonderful sea of READING! You won’t need to bring anything, as all your needs and wants will be met. Don’t hold your breath, for brainpower fuels your body even better than oxygen. This is My Library Haul.

The Path of Names by Ari Goelman- Dahlia thinks summer camp will be terrible, but she begins to doubt that when she begins to have mysterious dreams and see mystical things! What’s up with that? What’s up with the overgrown hedge at camp that no one’s allowed to touch?

Freaks by Kieran Larwood- This book is supah good! Stay tuned for a review!!

Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff- Siria has to figure out who is setting fires in town and learn to be brave.

Lara’s Gift  by Annemarie O’Brien- Lara’s father has a sled-dog business, and she is going to inherit it, until her brother replaces her! But Lara has a gift of understanding the animals, and she has to speak up and save her dogs.

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne- Barnaby can float! He takes an adventure around the world.

yay!

 

 

Poll

Sorry we haven’t been posting in a while! We are just about to go to the library, so when we come back we will each try to post with our Library Haul. Also, a while earlier we tried to post a poll. It failed… miserably…

So, please pick your answer and post in comments below. Don’t worry about criticism because it’s helping Beegirls Books become better 🙂

Do you like this blog?

-Yes! It’s my favorite blog!

-It’s good, but it’s far from being my favorite.

-It’s okay.

-Meh.

-I don’t like it so much.

-I hate it. It’s horrible.

-I don’t know yet; I just started following this blog.

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Review: When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

I recently read When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park. I liked it because it was really interesting, as in, some historical fiction topics are overused. Let’s face it, how many Holocaust books have you read/seen/heard of? How many Korean- set World War II books have you read?

This book is about just that. It was fascinating and heartbreaking to see how Sun-hee and her brother Tae-yul, and their mother, uncle, and father had everything taken away by the Japanese during that time period. Their names, culture, language, food amounts. . . it was sad and interesting! It shows the lives of Sun-heeand Tae-yul. It is told from alternating viewpoints (<3) and there are some major and shocking plot twists that I lo-o-oved! (<3)

So I would recommend this book because it was good!

-Julia of Beegirls Books

 

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