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The Secret Spiral

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
It’s just another boring Wednesday in May for ten-year-old Flor Bernoulli of Brooklyn, New York. As soon as school is out she hurries to the popular Sky High Pie Shop down the block, owned by the wonderfully mysterious Dr. Pi. But when she gets there, her life changes forever. Dr. Pi reveals he is actually an ancient wizard, in charge of a very special cosmic fire that kee ...more
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Aladdin
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Before you have kids, you can daydream about how awesome your potential kids could be. I don’t have any kids so I can confidently tell you that my future kids will be the baddest badasses that ever were…that is, until I actually have them and they spend their time being obsessed with Justin Bieber’s successor or watching (upchuck) Two and a Half Men or something equally disgusting. I’ll name them all Flannery like George Foreman named all his kids George regardless of whether they are boys or gi ...more
Michael Hutchison
Aug 05, 2011 Michael Hutchison rated it it was amazing


As an internationally published author who writes at the intersection of science and spirituality, I can say that The Secret Spiral by Gillian Neimark is truly imaginative and entertaining. Its protagonist, Flor Bernoulli, lives in Brooklyn, next to the Sky-High Pie Shop, whose owner and baker Dr. Pi bakes the most fantastic pies imaginable. One day while Flor is picking out her weekly pie, Dr. Pi tells her she had better buy two pies. Why? Because he has peeked around the curve of time and
Jul 28, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I think once I finally realized that this book was for kids, it made more sense to me. I thought it was very cute. The chapter titles I think gave a little too much away, but for the most part it was a good read for kids. I will definitely have my nieces and nephews read it :o)
Aimee McGill
Jul 19, 2011 Aimee McGill rated it really liked it
Very good read... fun for the family... I have a son and we read it together he liked it... I had to explain a few parts but hes only 10 and enjoyed it.
May 23, 2011 Kaity rated it did not like it
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 1 stars.

Flor is having an exceptionally odd day. While buying a pie for her mother like she does every day, Dr. Pi tells her to get two since she will be having guests at dinner. He also scolds her for not paying attention during math earlier that day. But how could Dr. Pi know what would happen in the future or what she was doing in school while he was making his fantastic pies? Flor soon becomes immersed in a whole new world of magic when Dr.
Feb 24, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
“The Secret Spiral” is a whimsical, creative and quirky story about an eventful day in the life of Flor Bernoulli, a 10-year-old from Brooklyn Heights, NY.

Flor starts out the story seeming to care about little besides piecing together outrageous outfits to amuse herself and her friends:

“Everybody was definitely looking at her new pink sandals, which contrasted marvelously with her purple argyle knee-high socks, which were way too big and held up with green ribbons. It all clashed perfectly. Th
May 20, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
Flor sticks out like a sore thumb in the midst of average everyday rectangle-liking ten year olds and even most adults as well. It's only her beloved Dr. Pi, the owner of Sky High Pies that can see the beauty in her flamboyant style sense and love her even more so because of it. It's Dr. Pi though that may be holding a secret to not only her past, but one that could alter the existence of everyone on the earth if it's discovered. When suddenly Dr. Pi goes missing Flor has but only one choice, sa ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Tovah rated it really liked it

For ten year old Flor Bernoulli, ordinary life in Brooklyn, New York suddenly is anything but boring. Upon walking into the Sky High Pie shop, which is owned by the charming and mysterious Dr. Pi, her life is suddenly catapulted into a new dimension of time and space.
Upon learning that Dr. Pi is actually an ancient wizard in charge of a cosmic fire they embark on a mystical adventure to preserve and protect the Secret Spiral. Flor encounters a cast of whimsical characters who
Aug 11, 2011 Gail rated it liked it
When I first started reading the book, I was caught by the fact that the little girl was in class and was having a hard time concentrating on her math lesson because she could smell some pies from the nearby bakery. It captured my interest. The little girl, Flor, goes to the bakery every Wednesday to get the most delicious pies. When she gets there, the owner is acting kind of weird. He seems to know things even if he wasn't there and tells her she is going to have visitors for dinner. Flor does ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Teela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Secret Spiral written by Gillian Neimark and reviewed by Laney Beth. (I asked her if she would like to read it and write a review)

The Secret Spiral is about a girl named Flor Bernoulli who is faced with the task of saving her friend Mr. It from death, while keeping the fire that feeds the spiral and keep it alive and turning. With help from her friends, Dr. Pi, Ms. Plump, and Mr. Bit, they go all over the world (in Dr. Pi's hat) and save both Mr. It and Mr. Bit from death. They also find the
Harley Bennett
Aug 26, 2015 Harley Bennett rated it liked it
Ten-year-old Flor is on the adventure of a lifetime as she searches for a way to save Mr. It and to find her father. The characters are all quirky, but that is okay since the book is for nine and ten-year-olds. The meeting with her father was disappointing. It should have been more emotional either in a positive way or in a negative way. Instead it seemed rather bland.
The 'cliff hanger' at the end should have been omitted. I hate when authors include the beginning of the next book in the one I'
Shay Ahlquist
Jul 20, 2014 Shay Ahlquist rated it liked it
an interesting and fast read for sure! It did get a little confusing at first because the story did move at such a fast clip but once you get the rhythm of the book it does read a little smoother. I think the best part of the book was the ending only because it really sets up the story for a sequel!
Jul 08, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I identified with the main character from the first page. I was able to suspend belief without any effort and it reminded me of the books I liked as a book loving, fantasizing kid. Plus I had an awakened sense of wonder about math and science. Surprise ending made me think.
Jul 17, 2011 Julest rated it really liked it
Wonderful magical adventure for pre teens.Ms. Neimark creates a lewis Caroll type world where a young girl from Brooklyn finds her self in an adventure through Time and Space. The Secret Spiral teaches about the mystery of nature while entertaining. Through Imaginative characters. lots of pies, and even a trip to Paris in a hat, The Secret Spiral is both imaginative , fun and memorable
Jun 19, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it
Great book about a young girl who has the gift of the spiral to take care of. She needs to find the spiral to help her see-through friend for planet dog save his brother. Will she keep the task at hand or get sidetracked by finding her dad in Paris. Find out in The Secret Spiral.
Jun 27, 2011 Tomcat rated it really liked it
Our family enjoyed reading an advance copy of this book, sent to a neighbor. Our eleven year old granddaughter is now interested in spirals, and has asked for posterboard and drawing tools to make her own. The math goes down easy, and the characters are fun.
Aug 31, 2011 hayden rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
What a cute children's book! Lots of high-fantasy elements, including the main premise. Definitely for younger readers.
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Super unique, a book I would definitely read again!
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Gillian Neimark is a nom de plume for writer Jill Neimark's juvenile fiction. She is the author of the highly acclaimed BLOODSONG (adult fiction, Random House) as well as WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE (adult self-help, Random House), I WANT YOUR MOO (picture book, Magination Press) with co-author Marcella Bakur Weiner, PhD, a Teachers’ Choice Awards for Children’s Books; and the sequel, TO ...more
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