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Finding Serendipity

by Angelica Banks

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I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.
Tuesday McGillicuddy is the daughter of the most famous writer in the world. When her mother is missing, apparently having departed the house out her fourth floor window, Tuesday goes to find her... in a magical land where stories are written. She ends up getting involved with the characters from her mother's book, which is evidently a sort of Peter Pan like story with a female character in the Peter Pan role.
The fantasy elements were fun, but difficult to swallow. The more magical things there are in a book, the more difficult it is to pull off believably, and I don't think this one was terribly successful. Tuesday's personality was not well developed enough for the reader to care deeply about her.
This is the start of a series. I hope the others improve. I do like the concept and will probably read the second book to see if it gets better.
(Irrelevant side note: Vivienne Small is described as having a pointed ear on the right side but not the left. Her picture on the cover of the book is correct. In all of the illustrations within the book, it is her left ear that is pointed.) ( )
  fingerpost | May 17, 2017 |
I would recommend the book "Finding Serendipity" because it has some mystery in it, lots of fantasy, and it (in my opinion) had some parts where the character, Tuesday McGillycuddy, had to use her whit to solve problems.

This book is about how this girls mother, whose name was Serendipity Smith, is a writer and uses a typewriter. The typewrite or anything a writer writes on will have words that lift off the page and bring the writer to their story world. For Tuesday McGillycuddy her mother Serendipity is a famous author and has been gone for a while. Tuesday told her father, Denise McGillycuddy, that she needed to go and find her mother. So Tuesday starts typing on her mothers typewriter when all of a sudden the words start to lift up off the page and wrap around Tuesday's wrist and then around her body. The words as suddenly as they had wrapped around her they started to make her lift up into the air. Tuesday whistled for her dog Baxterr, with a double r, to jump up into her arms. Then she was out the window in search for her mother. Tuesday went higher and higher above the clouds. When she touched the ground again she realized she wasn't anywhere close to her house. She was in fact standing next to a tree. On the other side of the tree was a boy struggling to put on a pair of boots. Tuesday walked around to where the boy was and startled the boy. The boy introduced himself as Blake Luckhurst. Blake has been to this book world multiple times since he is a writer like Tuesday's mother. Blake showed Tuesday where the library is. When they got to the library Tuesday met the librarian. The librarian told Tuesday that she could not go into any other writer world other than her own. Though Tuesday didn't listen to her, she had some doubts about going into her mothers world. Tuesday started down the spiral stairs, once she got to the bottom of the staircase it disappeared. So Tuesday started of on her adventure to find her mother. Tuesday got to meet the main character in her mothers books, Vivienne Small. Tuesday and Vivienne went to the evil villain, Moth Wood's, ship. Once they crept onto the the ship, they noticed that Moth Wood's body was laid out on a table with almost every bone in his body broken. Apparently Moth Wood had had a very bad fall and died,m so he was being laid out to be sewn into his special burying cloth. When the pirates started sewing him up they got up to his nose and went to put the final stitch in his nose to make sure that he was dead. After the stitch had gone through an ear piercing scream rose into the little cove that the ship was in. Moth Wood was not dead. So the pirates helped him put out of the cloth and into a type of wheel chair. Vivienne had gone down to look for Moth Wood's maps thinking that they might have a way to the end. Wile Vivienne was looking for the maps Tuesday was waiting for her and was watching all that was happening with Moth Wood. When Vivienne got back up to the top deck she was leading herself and Tuesday down to their boat when Moth Wood spotted her. Once they spotted Vivienne they noticed Baxterr. Tuesday questioned Moth Wood to a poem challenge. In the end Tuesday beet him and was able to rescue Vivienne and Baxterr. Then Baxterr sailed them away on his back. He dropped Vivienne off at her home and then he sailed Tuesday back to the library. Tuesday got her ball of string and then the string took her and Baxterr home. ( )
  ellas.bg3 | Feb 25, 2017 |
missing mother, power of story, imagination, pirates, fantasy ( )
  raymond56 | Sep 21, 2015 |
So delightful! If you're an aspiring author of any age, you can't miss this one, it's also great for fan of fan fiction ;). Really wonderful writing and present parents, just a winning mg all around! ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 12, 2015 |
Tuesday's family seems ordinary to most observers, but that's because they don't know the truth: Tuesday's mother is the world-famous novelist Serendipity Smith. Tuesday loves her mom's stories, but her favorite times are when her mom is not writing and the family can enjoy time together. On the evening of the last day of school, Tuesday enters her mother's writing room, hoping to find that her mother has finished her book and family vacation can commence. Instead, Tuesday finds her mother missing, with only a mysterious thread and an open window as clues to her whereabouts. Following the thread, Tuesday finds herself in the world of story, where she's convinced her mother is being held hostage by the villain of her books. Can Tuesday rescue her mother, or will her efforts ruin the story and trap both of them there for good?

I liked this story well enough while reading it, though it has a few weaknesses in writing and plot. I think kids in grades 3-6 will really enjoy this story, though I probably wouldn't recommend it to most adult readers -- if you like the premise, try a different series about a woman named for a day of the week: Thursday Next. ( )
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"When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog Baxterr discover that Tuesday's mother--the famous author Serendipity Smith--has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from"--… (more)

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