Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

Tangle of KnotsSummary:  Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle.  In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.

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4 thoughts on “Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

  1. This was a thought provoking book. The theme or concept would be that lives can interlock, entwine, and depend on each other. My favorite part would be the plot, but I also liked the characters. I also think the part about the “Talents” is very imaginative. So far, it’s my best choice for Newbery, but there’s a lot of book yet to be read.

  2. I just finished Tangle of Knots. I enjoyed the book. It was well-written. In many ways, it is similar to the time-honored Holes, in concept and in theme, however, it had way more character arcs than 3. I thought the theme was that we each have a story, but our stories connect, so Benjamin is right on. The theme was carried throughout the story, not just in this message, but with the knots that the strange man in the gray suit had with him, and the knots on the ladder. The characters were all very intriguing. The tone was good in that it was light but sometimes the characters seemed menacing because of the good writing. I will have to say that for me, it was somewhat frustrating to have all the loose threads. Everyone had some massive cliff hanger happening at the same time, which made it difficult to get too into one person’s story. Some of the chapters were written a few pages so it was hard to get too involved with any one person. So for me, the book was well-written but I am not sure the format helped me get involved in the story in the way that I enjoy. So I am unsure if it is distinguished or not.

  3. The writing style and format of this book made me wonder where it was going. The prologue also added to the mystery of the book. At the beginning of the book I had no idea how the book was going to end, but by the time the book had ended, I understood the book and how everyone’s lives fit together. I felt like even though there were nine “main” characters in the book, I still knew what they were like and how they behaved. One particular character’s personality really changed, and I found that change a little sad. I also liked how there wasn’t a crime to solve or anything else really dramatic, but I still wanted to turn the page. I think that this book is definitely a candidate for the Newbery.

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