Friday, February 14, 2014
A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff
Sometimes a book is just silly enough and a tale is just heartwarming enough that it captures that niche of children's literature that doesn't have to try to be loved. This one fits in that special place. Graff's story is reminiscent of Because of Winn Dixie and Savvy but the story is simpler and more direct. Like those stories, the characters are quirky and multi-generational (kids get to be kids, but adults have a role to play in the fun), and the plot isn't afraid of reaching for a little matter-of-fact magic when the real world can't be special enough. It's a charming story that middle schoolers through young teens (and those with similar young hearts) will enjoy.