Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

This is one of the books we chose for the Intro to Children's Literature class I am teaching this semester. I love how she ties in baking, magic, and family and creates a sweet story.

A Tangle of Knots

Cady is an orphan with an extraordinary ability. She can match any person to their favorite cake and bake the cake for them. Despite her great ability Cady has remained in the orphanage for years. Even with her talent for matchmaking, Miss Mallory cannot find the perfect match for Cady. In a world where most people have a special talent, Marigold cannot find hers. Her brothers have their own talents, but hers has not developed. Marigold's and Cady's lives combine when Toby adopts Cady. Miss Mallory sees it as a perfect match, but there is something about Toby that seems a bit off. When secrets from the past and a sinister person are brought to light, Cady may be in danger and it is up to her friends to unravel the knots of the past to give her a happy future.

I enjoyed the simplicity and sweetness of the story. It is a fantasy, but it has a realistic feel to it. All the characters were likable and I love how she let them tell their own stories and how the mysteries all came together in the end.

Favorite Character: Cady. She is loyal and good natured and you can't help rooting for her.

Favorite Quote: "It's the way we deal with what Fate hands us that defines who we are."

A nice read. 4 cups of cocoa!

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