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A Tangle of Knots

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A 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 24, 2012 – 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.

Customer Reviews


A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff was amazing and every second of the pages was enjoyable. It is a must read and anyone who is in the mood for something quick, enjoyable, and something packed full of excitement, this is your book.

Andy Followell

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A Tangle of Knots
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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