Tangle of Knots
Children's - Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
230, 12 pages
Accomplishment, Achievement, Adoption, Ambition, Artistry, Belief, Character, Cheerfulness, Choices, Commitment, Compassion, Consequences, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Curiosity, Decision-Making, Dependability, Determination, Empathy, Encouragement, Family, Growth, Home, Hope, Humility, Humor, Individuality, Initiative, Kindness, Love, Mystery, Optimism, Perseverance, Problem-Solving, Reconciliation, Relationships, Resourcefulness, Responsibility, Siblings, Storytelling, Trustworthiness, Wonder, Worthiness
Make Way For BooksA National Book Award Nominee for 2013, A Tangle of Knots is a beautiful story about Cady, an orphan who has a special talent for seeing people and knowing the perfect cake for them. Told from many different perspectives and with many different characters, it takes a little while for the "knot" to be tied but, with a touch of magic, a little mystery, a lot of warmth and humor, and even some great recipes, the author succeeds in weaving together a delightful story about relationships and how they are tied together.
"If you don't know the trick, it's a muddled predicament. But in fact each loop of every knot is carefully placed, one end twisting tight into the other in a way you might not have expected."
This story will appeal to fans of fantasy, mystery, and stories about family. It may be a little too complex for struggling readers, but would make a perfect read-aloud.
Publisher SummaryA National Book Award nominee!
The magic of Savvy meets the complexity of When You Reach Me in this "blithe magical puzzle," --The Wall Street Journal
Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.
Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we're all connected.
Eleven-year-old orphan baker Cady embarks on a journey that leads her to a mysterious house, an old recipe, a family of Talent-seeking children, and a Talent Thief who changes her life forever.