A Tangle of Knots
Step into a magical world, where all our Fates are tangled in surprising ways...
Longlisted for the
National Book Award!
In a 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 peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent thief who could alter her life forever.
Resources for teachers and librarians
(aligned to Common Core standards for Grades 4-6)
- Watch a video tutorial (below) to learn to make Miss Mallory's peach cake
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Awards and honors
A Children's Choice Book of 2014
A Tangle of Knots has been named to seven state reading lists!
- Iowa Children's Choice Award 2015-2016
- Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Wyoming) 2015-2016
- Massachusetts Children's Book Award 2016
- Oregon Reader's Choice Award 2016
Booklist / STARRED review
★ Combining the literary sensibility of E. B. White with the insouciance of Louis Sachar, Graff has written a tangle that should satisfy readers for years to come.
The Wall Street Journal
[A] blithe magical puzzle . . . Like a magician's trick rope, all the narrative knots disappear at the end, with a flourish.
Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories . . . Lyrical. A-
Nancy Pearl (NPR's Morning Edition)
A perfect book for middle-grade readers for summer reading . . . It has pride of place on my bookshelves at home.
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