The premise: Eleven-year-old Cady has a Talent for baking just the right cake for everyone she meets, and although she's an orphan, her life has really been a pleasant one -- thanks to Miss Mallory. But when Cady moves to the Lost Luggage Emporium, she discovers that everyone who lives there needs a little something. In fact, she discovers that even she needs a little something. And maybe everyone's answer is in one of those powder blue suitcases.
What I loved: The mix of magic and real. All the characters, Cady included, have real problems, and the way Lisa Graff weaves magic in with these real problems is, well, more than magical really. A Tangle of Knots helps readers see how our stories and our lives are connected and how very much we need one another, mostly when we think we don't.
And . . . A Tangle of Knots is on the long list for the National Book Award!
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