"It is what we do with what Fate hands us that defines who we are." In A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff (Lexile: 840; Interest Level: Grades 3-6), we enter a world in which people have Talents or are Fair (without Talents). What talent would you wish for? Cady has a Talent for baking the perfect cake for each person she meets, but she doesn't know what her own special cake would be. Miss Mallory has a Talent for matching people with their perfect family, but can't seem to place Cady. Marigold can't seem to discover her Talent, but her brother Zane has a Talent for spitting that causes a hot air balloon to crash, sending their family off to live at a Lost Luggage Emporium where they meet Cady, her new father, Toby, and the Owner, who has a Talent for stealing other people's Talents.
Add to this that Marigold's mother may have a secret she has never told anyone, which becomes an awfully important little detail, an old story about peanut butter, and a woman who can't remember her words, and we have a recipe for an amazing story.
As you read, you learn that all people are connected in ways you may not be able to guess, and even the Fair may have Talents all their own. In many ways like Ingrid Law's Savvy, and including recipes like Sarah Weeks' Pie, this is a marvelous story showing how Fate can entangle even the strangest people within his knots. (230 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.