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. Read more...
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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.
Praise for A TANGLE OF KNOTS
-Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories that draw you in.- --Abby West, Entertainment Weekly A-]
* -Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* -Combining the literary sensibility of E. B. White with the insouciance of Louis Sachar, Graff has written a tangle that should satisfy readers for years to come.- --Booklist, starred review
-Graff's story has a warmth and gentle humor that, along with the premise, calls to mind Ingrid Law's Savvy.- --Publishers Weekly
- ISBN-13: 9780399255175
- ISBN-10: 0399255176
- Publisher: Philomel Books
- Publish Date: February 2013
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.52 x 5.85 x 0.84 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.77 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-12-24
- Reviewer: Staff
America’s got Talents in this cozy novel from Graff (Double Dog Dare), set in a contemporary world in which certain people have specialized abilities, from levitation to spitting perfectly. Eleven-year-old orphan Cady has a Talent for baking—not only does Cady create the most delicious cakes around, she innately knows what someone’s “perfect” cake is. When she gets adopted, her Talent helps unravel the mysteries of her past, but it also puts her in danger of losing her ability. Set mostly in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Graff’s story has a warmth and gentle humor that, along with the premise, calls to mind Ingrid Law’s Savvy. The author flips neatly between the perspectives of multiple characters, and the intricate connections between the narratives come together in a pleasing way as secrets are revealed. Readers who share Cady’s love of baking will appreciate the inclusion of several cake recipes, like Marigold’s lime pound cake and Mrs. Asher’s honey cake, which are mentioned throughout the story and tied to key characters. Ages 8–up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (Feb.)