A Tangle of Knots (Paperback)
January 2013 Indie Next List
“Cady, an orphan with a talent for baking the perfect cake for any person, anywhere, hopes her 'real and true family will step right out of the fog.' When Toby appears out of that fog, it seems she may have finally found her perfect father. Both charming and not-so-charming characters, a pinch of magic, and a dash of mystery are all woven together to create the knot that is Cady's past and present life until the loops unravel to solve the puzzle that Graff has deftly created.”
— Carla Ketner, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, NE
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.
About the Author
Lisa Graff is the author of The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower and The Thing About Georgie, which was named to nine state reading lists. Lisa grew up in a small California town very much like the one in this novel and received an MFA in writing for children from the New School.
*"Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] magical puzzle."--The Wall Street Journal
"10 out of 10 . . . I didn't want to put it down."--TIME Magazine for Kids
"Graff's story has a warmth and gentle humor that, along with the premise, calls to mind Ingrid Law's Savvy."--Publishers Weekly
An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month
A Junior Library Guild Selection