A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots
Written by Lisa Graff

Publisher’s Summary:
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 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 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.

Primary Source Pairing:
In this magical, twisty-turvy tale, Cady’s recipes bring the characters together and create a connection to the plot. For this primary source pairing, use a recipe written by Rosa Parks for featherlite pancakes. This recipe is part of a collection of her papers at the Library of Congress. Discuss the recipes included in the book and how they complement the plot and character development. Notice the special ingredient in Mrs. Park’s recipe – peanut butter! A lovely connection to the story.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • How much of the text can you read? What does it say?
  • What do you see that looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • How are the words arranged?
  • What do you notice about the page the writing appears on?
  • What do you see on the page besides writing?
  • What other details can you see?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Rosa Parks’ Featherlite Pancake Recipe: Library of Congress