Secrets From Myself

Secrets From Myself

by Christine Hart




Eleven-year-old Katelyn has always had voices and visions. She's long suspected she is hearing from past lives. But when she runs away from home and hides out with an old friend in Vancouver, her visions become more real. She 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 must correct a wrong from the past.

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ISBN-13: 9781770864900
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Secrets from Myself 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
---3.5 Stars--- I have to be honest, I got confused and lost several times throughout reading this book. Between the different tenses changing throughout the same paragraph, the back and forth between Katelyn’s writing and Akasha’s story, and there just being so much going on, it got a bit hectic at times. Although this book is listed as Middle Grade, it seems like it would be better suited in Young Adult as I feel some of the topics and scenes may be on the more mature side. This book is about twelve-year-old, Katelyn who possesses psychic abilities that allow her to connect via diary with another girl, Akasha. Through this diary Katelyn is writing Akasha’s story in Hindi – a language Katelyn does not know but can suddenly write and speak. Katelyn is fascinated and curious to find out how and why this is all happening. Unfortunately, Katelyn’s mom is extremely concerned that Katelyn is suffering from a mental or physical disease and has her admitted to the children’s psychiatric hospital for testing. I really liked that the author was able to pull real historic facts into this book and make it interesting. I researched the Komagata Maru since I had never heard of it and was surprised to see so much info on it. It’s always great when Middle Grade or Young Adult Books that are genre based on paranormal or mystery or such can also have a true historical background tie-in so not only is the reader enjoying their book, they’re also learning something too! I really wanted to like this book, but I just feel like something was missing or off. It just felt a bit disconnected or disjointed in the writing or the story. Unfortunately, I found this book at times to be a bit slow paced and easy to put down. It actually took me a few weeks to finally finish reading. All in all, this book has a great storyline, interesting characters, and real historical facts! I would recommend this book to YA and older readers. I know this book is marketed as Middle Grade, and perhaps it would be okay for older mature middle graders, but I think some of the scenes, themes, topics, writings, and such are not necessarily appropriate for the younger reader. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
One girl's unique way of experiencing history. "Secrets from Myself" by Christine Hart is an intriguing middle grade paranormal mystery that addresses a somber intercultural event in Canada’s history. The experiences of young Kaetlyn are out of the realm of knowledge a twelve-year-old should have, and her struggle to solve the mystery of the young woman she seems to be channeling has made her mom and others feel Kaetlyn has a mental problem. Kaetlyn is determined to figure out who the other female is, but the knowledge may come at a very steep price. I thought this was an interesting way to explore the idea of channeling a spirit and the repercussions of that as pragmatism runs into mysticism. I admire Kaetlyn’s determination as well as her mom’s efforts to make sure her daughter has whatever care needed without being drugged into cooperation and acquiescence. The gradual unfolding of the mystery and the distressing facts that are revealed provide a unique perspective on a shameful set of circumstances. I was a bit puzzled by the erratic nature of Bryce and his family’s interaction with Kaetlyn, even though there is somewhat of an explanation at the end, and I am a little concerned about some of the events described being a little mature for the target audience of this story. This was an intriguing way of learning a bit of history even as it provided a bit of a spooky read and prompted me to contemplate the concepts of mental health and rehabilitation as well as prejudice and bigotry. I think this is both an entertaining and educational story that could stimulate thought-provoking discussions on a variety of subjects. A copy of this story was provided to me for review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Intriguing messages from the past lead to a mystery to be solved in the present! 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! She’s an independent young lady, used to being self reliant and resourceful. However, when she realises all the entries and her visions concern a young lady, Akasha, stowing away secretly to travel from India to Canada with her true love. Kat believes she needs to put right a wrong from the past and the story shares her struggle to do just that, even though it results in her being treated for mental illness! I’ve lived in the UK all my life and I admit to never having heard anything about the SS Komagata Maru and the events associated with its arrival in Vancouver on May 23, 1914. Actually, neither had Katelyn but she discovers some of the events as she tries to discover more about Akasha and what happened to her. 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. I was gifted a copy of this book, without any obligation, and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.