On Bookshelves: The Path of Names
By Ari Goelman
339 pages; Arthur A. Levine Books
(Appropriate for mature middle schoolers)
Dahlia Sherman, 13, wants to spend her summer going to magic camp. Her parents agree, but first she must attend Camp Arava, a Jewish overnight camp, where her brother, Tom, is a counselor. On her first day, Dahlia sees two girls vanish into the wall of her cabin. Determined to uncover this magic trick, she seeks clues that lead to an unsolved mystery from 72 years ago. Together with her friend, Rafe, Dahlia investigates the camp’s history while learning Kabbalah, Hebrew and friendship. Amazon compared “The Path of Names” to “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” but for kids.