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3.00090410958904 out of 53.00090410958904 out of 53.00090410958904 out of 53.00090410958904 out of 53.00090410958904 out of 5 3.00 (365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Graff Narrator: Katie Honaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781101601877
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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 set her on a journey from the moment she was born. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I didn’t want to put it down.”

    Time 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

  • “Graff weaves a miraculous tale of whimsy with the same attention to detail as a master chef…Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An elegant and inventive storyteller, Graff deftly untangles her characters’ quirky lives to reveal a beautiful connectivity. Written in a style that is part Grimm, part Flannery O’Connor, this book will charm readers and make them wonder if they, too, have a Talent just waiting to be discovered.”

    Ellen Potter, author of The Kneebone Boy and Olivia Kidney

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2013
  • Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Robertson | 2/14/2014

    " I loved the characters, but got lost in the middle like Will. then the story came back together, like magic. What a warm and happy feeling I have. Cannot wait to share the book with my kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2014

    " Oddly interesting. The knots and fate seem to be difficult to determine. A large cast of characters with unusual talents. This book may require a second read to see what lies beneath the surface. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book! There were some unexpected outcomes and I loved all the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franki Sibberson | 1/15/2014

    " I love Lisa Graff. I love this kind of a story. Love the way the characters' stories come together. Love the big message. Love the characters. Love Graff's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 1/15/2014

    " A puzzle story...cake recipes included...for fans of Scumble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damaris | 1/11/2014

    " Love the book. Its a fantastic book with characters with special talent. One of the main characters she good on baking the special cake for each person characteristics. warning: this book will make you very hungry and would want to make each cake because sounds very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/10/2014

    " This is definitely my kind of book! Lots of humor, wonderful intricate plot, and a totally satisfying resolution where everything comes together. delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens | 12/31/2013

    " A wonderfully magical and intricate mystery that will appeal to fans of Savvy by Ingrid Law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/9/2013

    " This book was the intersection of Pie (Sarah Weeks), Savvy (Ingrid Law), and The BFG (Roald Dahl). I kept feeling the influence of those three stories as I read this novel by Lisa Graff. If I could have made one change, it would have been to not make spitting a Talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 9/27/2013

    " It was a quick read but I really enjoyed it! I love how all of the characters stories are interwoven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 metimoteo | 4/25/2013

    " Brilliantly written...a page-turner from beginning to end. Ms. Graff intricately weaves the stories of her characters together and introduces a conflict that resolves itself most satisfactorily. Among the top five books I've read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/4/2013

    " Loved the whimsy of this story, and craved big hunks of cake throughout my reading... but the sheer number of characters and the speed with which the chapters bounced from person to person made it hard to keep track of what was happening to whom. "

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About the Author

Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing about Georgie, and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia.