Winner of the Chocolate Lily Award (2014)
Shortlisted for the YA Sunburst Award (2014)
Shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Prize in Children’s Literature (2014)
Diamond Willow Award Nominee (2014)
THE PATH OF NAMES was selected by Booklist as one of The Top Ten Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth: 2013. Read all about it here.
THE PATH OF NAMES was selected by Booklist as one of The Top Ten New Novels for Youth. Read all about it here.
Booklist gave THE PATH OF NAMES a starred review, describing its as “full of exciting plot twists and well-rounded, engaging characters—all amped up by thrilling esoteric magic.” (If you don’t have a Booklist subscription, you can find this review on THE PATH OF NAMES’ Amazon page here.)
Publishers’ Weekly wrote: “The complex magical elements, especially in chapters that flash back more than 70 years into the life of a talented rabbi, offer a captivating overview of Jewish intellectual history (with some artistic license) while Dahlia’s story delivers authentic chills and a touch of romance.”
The Quill and The Quire wrote: “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.”
Kids Reads calls it “a fast-paced and original adventure. “
The Montreal Gazette has a lovely review here.
Reading Today Online has these nice things to say.
Offbeat Families has a lovely review here.
The Jewish Exponent profiles me here.
The Bucks County Intelligencer profiles me here.
The Vancouver Sun reviews me here.
The National Post recruited a very sharp eight-year-old to review me.
Politics and Prose staff wrote, “Ari Goelman’s debut novel succeeds in being both a thrilling ghost story and a reflection on the trials of being different.”
Here are links to some of the interviews I did about The Path of Names:
June 10: A super fun interview, where I talk to Sarah Ivry, the host of the Tablet Magazine podcast, as well as an eleven-year-old reader / guest host. Find the audio here.
May 23: A guest post on the ‘I Like Books’ website. Ari Goelman interviews Ari Goelman in the no-holds-barred interview event of the century. Or at least of the midweek. Find it here.
May 18-19: My editor, Cheryl Klein posts an interview with me on her blog here.
May 17: I’m featured on the Haunting of Orchid Forsythia website. I answer questions like: what’s the best part of writing? what’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you at summer camp?
May 15: I’m featured on the Society for Young Inklings blog. There’s an interview with me, and a writing challenge I contributed. (I adopted the writing challenge from an exercise the author, Octavia Butler, gave to a workshop in which I participated when I was a young(er) inkling myself.
May 1: The Times of Israel profiles me here