A Tangle of Knots

tangleofknotsWritten by Lisa Graff

What do powder blue suitcases, talents, a mysterious man in a gray suit who ties knots, a beautiful orphan girl with an extraordinary gift for baking cakes, peanut butter, and spitting have in common? As ingredients in a magical cake, these, as well as an amazing assortment of characters, all blend together in A Tangle Of Knots. This subtle novel is rich with well defined characters, gentle humor, love, and a bit of evil. The story is told in alternating character chapters, sprinkled with cake recipes. We learn about all their talents, or lack thereof. Although this book reminded me a tiny bit of Savvy by Ingrid Law, on its own, it is original and charming. I felt so good after reading this book.

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3 and up

Author Website: www.lisagraff.com

A Tangle of Knots
Written by Lisa Graff
Philomel Books
288 pages
Release Date: February 5, 2013
ISBN: 9780399255175 (hardcover)

Categories: Elementary – Fiction
Tags: Orphans, Baking, Ability, Identify, Family life, Talents, Poughkeepsie New York

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