Friday, November 25, 2016

Secrets from Myself

Dancing Cat Books - May 2017 - Ages 12 & up

"An intriguing story ... plenty of twists and turns"

Twelve-year-old Katelyn has always heard voices and had visions. She's long suspected she was hearing from past lives. But when she runs away from home and hides out with an old friend in Vancouver, things become more real. She even finds herself writing the words of someone else in a diary - the words of someone whose fate was deeply impacted by the Komagata Maru incident. 

As Katelyn learns more about the Komagata Maru and the person communicating with her, she realizes that she has a task to fulfill that will correct a wrong from the past.


Reviews for Secrets from Myself:

"The book is an easy read, and it was fascinating learning about the history the book is based on. The characters are likeable, even Katelyn’s mom. Being a mom myself, I can easily put myself in her place and understand how very worried she was.
The mystery was interesting. Katelyn proved herself to be resilient as well as resourceful in discovering evidence to support her idea. There were a few times when she acted more precipitously than once might have wished, but she is twelve, after all."

- Long And Short Reviews YA, February 2018

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"What is it like to discover that you lived in another body over one hundred years ago? Christine Hart does an intriguing job of showing readers that through Katelyn, the co-protagonist of Secrets from Myself. The dramatic opening scene involving an escape from a steamer trunk floating in the ocean will capture readers' attention, and the prospect of more revelations about Katelyn's past life will keep young readers turning the pages."
- CM Magazine, October 2017  

"Secrets from Myself is intended for a middle school/junior high audience, I’d say twelve and up, which I realized partway through. We found Katelyn and Akasha’s intertwining stories riveting, but there were a few passages I glossed over when reading to my seven-year-old ... but there’s nothing graphic or explicit.
At the end of the book, the author has included a bit more information about the historical Komagata Maru and the circumstances of the ship’s arrival at the Port of Vancouver. Reading about this shameful interlude of Canadian history led Tee and I to do some research of our own into the ship’s journey, and then into a productive discussion about the roots of racism and religious intolerance. It was definitely a worthwhile read for us!"
- This West Coast Mommy, September 2017 

"This is a very different story, centred around eleven year old Katelyn Medena. Kat has always been psychic but now things are getting too real . . . . she’s not only writing diary entries about someone she’s never met and in their handwriting, rather than her own but she’s also sometimes writing in Hindi!
... I found it an intriguing story, one in which I was never quite sure what would happen next as Kat tries to keep her investigations going without alerting anyone else to what she is up to and continuing to attempt to appear to be cooperative and ‘normal’. There are plenty of twists and turns as well as frustrations as she strives to uncover the truth and the ending is great!  In some of the product details it suggests this is targetted at 9 to 12 year olds but, unless they have some connection or interest in the era and events concerned, I suspect it would appeal much more to an older audience especially considering what happened to Akasha after her arrival in Canada. The author brings to life the events and scenarios, slipping between events in the different times effectively usually through the diary entries, making this a well paced, enthralling story linking past events with the present.
- Splashes Into Books, September 2017 


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