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Orange Sparkles

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Relocating to Israel is bound to be an unforgettable adventure for 11-year-old Megan, 8-year-old Noah, and their little sister, Elise. But a whole new country, backwards-written language, and leaving everything they've ever known? Should they be excited or terrified?While their dad starts his new job and their mom works out the details of the clinical trial for Elise who has Cerebral Palsy, Megan and Noah explore a nearby tunnel - discovering magic and cryptic messages.Noah doesn't give the magic much thought, but Megan can't help but wonder if the magic is meant for something more.

144 pages, Paperback

First published July 11, 2019

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Rachel Inbar

8 books56 followers
Rachel wrote her first book(let), You're Yucky in Some Ways, as a furious note to her parents for going out to eat and leaving her at home. She was six. Her parents didn't get the fury and roared with laughter. Disappointed but determined, she continued to write throughout her childhood and teens.

At 16, Rachel moved from the US to Israel to pursue a college education. It ended up taking a little longer than she expected. 25 years after she started studying Nursing, her husband and two of her six children were there as she received her BA in Social Sciences.

During the past 20 years, Rachel has authored numerous medical articles, crafted tens of stories, and written dozens of phenomenally fascinating user guides. It was only after relocating to Austria that she found time to focus on her personal writing career. Orange Sparkles was her first full-length fiction book, followed very quickly by Blue Sparkles, due to popular demand for MORE.

In the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, Rachel continues to learn German and admire the incredible scenery. When she's not writing, she's reading, doodling, solving logic problems, doing jigsaw puzzles, trying out another craft, or practicing her medical research skills. She is fluent in English and Hebrew and can get by in German if she must.

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August 25, 2019
Wonderful book! Lots of mystery, a little bit of education about Israel, and intriguing characters. My 10-year-old nephew can’t wait to find out what happens next!
90 reviews7 followers
September 1, 2019
I enjoyed this book. It's very cute. I think it would make a fabulous book for the tween demographic, especially girls. But it can be read by everyone because it gives one hope and reminds the reader that there can and should be a world of fantasy and dreams. Life does have some real challenges - even for kids - but one always has their imagination and dreams that can act as innocent, pure channels of escape.
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October 17, 2019
I really enjoyed the book and I can't wait to see what's coming next 😁
4 reviews1 follower
September 22, 2019
Although this is a book written primarily for young people, it totally held my attention. The characters are real and likable and the story is wonderful. It was really interesting to read about a family’s adjustment to a new country and all of the changes their move brought. I loved the caring and kindness of the characters in the book and really, who can resist the magic! I can’t wait to read what happens next!!!
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November 12, 2019
I would love to move to Israel. I believe Israel can be a magical place for those of us who believe. Megan and her brother are adorable. This is a super cute, wonderful children's tale and I hope the author writes a bunch more. Excellent read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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September 6, 2019
This book was very interesting. I felt a real connection with Megan she is so realistic and funny. I usually really dislike reading but this book was so amazing and so nice! No one can say no to reading it!
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August 28, 2019
This is a very sweet, magical book to share with children. It’s a particularly nice one to read to children who are moving or are anxious about adjusting to new surroundings. Loved it!
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July 16, 2020
Hi,I read the book and it is wonderful.
I really like it that we can learn more about Israel with them. I feel like I am a part of the journey. It really helps kids who are going to move to a new place:)
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20 reviews6 followers
July 24, 2020
This is a sweet and charming story of a young girl and her family who move from America to Israel. It is a blend of family drama, adventure and magic. The author conveys very well the experience of moving to a foreign country, also the experience of having a disabled sibling. The ending is sure to leave readers looking forward to the next book in the series.
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39 reviews15 followers
October 3, 2019
I have to say I was quite surprised. I truly enjoyed this book. In fact, when I got to the end, I couldn't help but think, "That's it? There needs to be more!".

Megan, age 11, is the oldest of three. Her younger brother is Noah, and her sister Elise has cerebral palsy. Mom seems devoted to her children, especially to Elise, and dad works a lot. The author doesn't clearly state what dad does for a living, but it must be something so big that his company decides to relocate him to Israel, a shock to young Megan and Noah.

The move will not be right away, so in preparation, Megan and Noah get special lessons to learn Hebrew and learn a bit about Israel before the big move.

After the big move, Megan and Noah go to the local park across from the apartment building they now call home. There is a tunnel there where Megan and Noah make a magical discovery. When they hold hands and see orange sparkles, they are transported to what appears to be a room connected to a hallway where some magic happens.

The family continues to adjust to their new lives in Israel. This includes taking Elise to see specialists for treatment. I'm not familiar with what life with cerebral palsy must be like, but it seems Elise's symptoms are severe. The little girl can barely move, and cannot talk. But she can smile.

Quickly Megan and Noah are fascinated with the magic in the tunnel. So much so they are able to take Elise there with permission from Mom. The magic does subtle, but good things for the children. I won't ruin it by saying what the magic does, so you'll have to read the book yourself to find out.

I truly found this to be an interesting, fun, and even short read. Even kids might enjoy this. My only complaints were lots of parentheses in Megan's narrative early in the book, and one minor error in the printing. Ok, and that it ended the way it did. I was looking forward to finding out more about the magic the kids experience via the tunnel. :) I could totally see a sequel working well for this book!

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and this had no influence on my opinion whatsoever as my opinion is my own.

January 1, 2020
Orange Sparkles, written by Rachel Inbar is a mysterious book, where Megan, 11, Noah, 8, and Elise, 3 move to Israel away from everything they ever knew. There, while playing in a playground they discover a cave. While walking hand in hand, all of a sudden they saw orange sparkles all around them. They discover a magic tunnel where almost everything is possible! Noah experiments with flips and jumps and successfully lands on his feet! Megan sings and it sounds great! Then they try to get Elise to wave and she lifts her hand and opens and closes it. What does this tunnel mean? Will they do the same things in real life? Read it and find out!

My favourite part was when they found the tunnel and went everyday to see more and try out new things that they had never dreamed of doing in their life.

I would definitely recommend this book to other kids because I really enjoyed it and there was excitement and suspense.
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Author 2 books4 followers
August 25, 2019
It's not often I read something written for children that's really different. Orange Sparkles is a refreshing book - both written in a real, believable voice, and infused with a kind of magic that's entirely new.

As someone who lives in Modiin, it was especially exciting to read a story that takes place in my hometown, but I'm sure children everywhere can relate to the excitement and apprehension involved in moving to a new country.

The narrator's voice is steady and clear, and the story is sweet. I can't wait to see what else Rachel Inbar is working on!
Author 3 books6 followers
December 4, 2019
If you want to dream. If you believe in magic. If you want to feel good as you read, this is a book you simply must read. A young family with special needs daughter moves across the world for Dad’s new job. The writer does a wonderful job describing the feelings of the main character as she travels thru this story. They discover a magic tunnel and magic rooms...where wishes and dreams come true! I enjoyed this read from the first page to the last. Highly recommend for all ages.
300 reviews2 followers
September 11, 2019
this was another giveaway win . I found this book and story a excellent youth reading. It is about a family that moves over seas to Israel. and the adventure that they will find when they find a tunnel that has magic in the tunnel. this story as exciting , a little mystery and magic of life.
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December 16, 2019
Orange Sparkles is a great little book that I would happily read to my nieces and nephews. A delightful story about siblings adapting to the changes that come with moving to a new country and the discovery of an amazing magical tunnel.
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Author 8 books82 followers
January 5, 2020
While not my normal, I think I would love to sit with a grandchild and read this. It's interesting to see what the next day will bring.
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6 reviews
March 15, 2020
Nothing worse then moving.

As someone that knows nothing of Isreal this was a fun journey into some of what this place has to offer! Reminds me a bit of "the secret garden" so of you like that book this one is for you!
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644 reviews1 follower
March 15, 2020
Adventure in a new land, new friends and a little bit of history of Israel. Reminiscent of The Secret Garden
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Author 1 book30 followers
March 4, 2020
Orange Sparkles has to be one of the most charming children books I have read in a while. I could see my self in Megan's eyes, traveling to a new country, meeting new friends and tasting new foods. I wish I had a magic tunnel to escape to, but it was fun to escape with this heartwarming book which I read in less than two days.
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18 reviews
August 22, 2020
Sparkling with Magic

Orange Sparkles is a lovely warm book, introducing us to a family who move from America to Israel for the dad's job but also because the youngest child was born with Cerebral Palsy.

It is quite a slow book as it describes how Megan, the main character comes to terms with moving house, learning a new language and living in a completely new country.

The magic begins when they discover a special tunnel. The sparkles sprinkle the book with love, encouragement, dreams and ideas that I'm sure kids will enjoy and wish they too had a special tunnel they could explore.
2 reviews1 follower
December 8, 2019
I don't understand what other reviewers enjoyed about this book. The writing was nothing near polished and the author didn't help me relate to the characters at all. The connection between the magic and the real world through a tunnel near Megan and Noah's new home was just stupid. If you want to add magic to the real world, at least find a better way to do it. I bought this book thinking it would be like 'The Secret Garden' but I was very disappointed. At least it wasn't too long, so I didn't waste much of my time.
11.3k reviews47 followers
April 18, 2020
They are just children when they learn they are moving to another country because their dad has a new job. Everything is going to be so different, from the language to the way they write. So when they find a magical tunnel they think they are lucky. What will happen in this tunnel? Will they have fun? Will they enjoy their new life? See how they all get on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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