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Review: A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots

by Lisa Graff

Find it at: Your library | Amazon |Indiebound

Published: Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2013)

Recommended Reading Age: 8 & up

In a nutshell: Magic, mystery, and… CAKE! A Tangle of Knots is set in a world that seems like the one we live in with one exception; each person harbors a special Talent, an activity or ability that is far superior in one way or another. Cady is an eleven-year-old orphan who has a Talent for baking prize-winning cakes that perfectly match the person the cake is baked for. She has been living at Miss Mallory’s orphanage since she was a baby, watching other orphans come and go. Miss Mallory has a Talent for placing children in homes, but has never seemed to find one for Cady. After a brief turn of events, Cady is placed temporarily with an odd man named Toby who lives in an upstairs bedroom of the town’s Lost Luggage Emporium. There she meets a crew of misfit characters who’s fates have seemed to cross paths and will reveal the mystery of Cady’s history.

A Tangle of Knots has been on my to-read list for awhile. Lucky me, just the other day I was happy to find it available at the library, so I checked it out and was finished reading it within a few days. It’s a very quick read, and one that fans of Savvy would enjoy immensely. Each chapter  is written from a different character’s perspective (and there are a few of them), which in the beginning shows only glimpses of the direction the story is going in. But as the book progresses the plot starts to mesh together and characters that seemed separate at first, come together in a truly original storyline. Plus, since Cady’s talent is baking cakes, the author included a handful of Cady’s recipes. Toby’s (Not Quite Perfect) Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting almost had me drooling on the book. I’m a nut for frosting.

Each character in A Tangle of Knots is a key ingredient that when mixed together makes a delightful tale with many sweet surprises. Graff has crafted a story with all the elements to make a book whimsical, fun, and delectable for all ages.

Don’t take my word for it: “Lisa Graff will charm and delight tween readers in her book A Tangle of Knots.  Graff was able to weave a bit of humor and magic into a tale about fate, talent, and connectivity that will inspire tween readers to ponder what their own special talent could be.” – review from heatherthelibrarybelle

Extras: Test out the recipes included in A Tangle of Knots via Lisa Graff’s website.

Source of book reviewed: Checked out a copy of this title from my local library!

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