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A Clatter of Jars

By: Lisa Graff

Return to the world of A Tangle of Knots, where a camp for Talented kids just might be a recipe for disaster. Includes drink recipes.

ISBN: 9780399174995

JLG Release: Sep 2016


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Fantasy , Magic , Camps , Social issues , Friendship , Family , Siblings

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

When Liliana Vera arrives at Camp Atropos for Singular Talents, she does so with a heavy heart. Her brother Max should be with her, but three weeks before, she accidentally hurt him. No one knows it was her fault. Now Liliana is stuck dealing with the guilt, her secret about what really happened, and her annoyingly perky stepsister, Hannah. Camp At When Liliana Vera arrives at Camp Atropos for Singular Talents, she does so with a heavy heart. Her brother Max should be with her, but three weeks before, she accidentally hurt him. No one knows it was her fault. Now Liliana is stuck dealing with the guilt, her secret about what really happened, and her annoyingly perky stepsister, Hannah. Camp Atropos is for kids with “Talents,” abilities that are beyond what a human can normally accomplish. Lily can lift objects with her mind. Hannah makes drinks that evoke memories for people and bring them back to a moment clear as day. Not everyone has a Talent, though, and for many of the Fair, having a Talent is a lifelong dream. There is a black market of sorts, and the director of Camp Atropos is in over her head with dealing and stealing Talent rip-offs. If she’s not careful, she may endanger her campers and change the Talented world forever. Readers may remember other Talented characters from A Tangle of Knots, but it’s not necessary to have read it to keep up here. Camp director Jo is a complex and sympathetic villain, making an original story even more unique. The tale comes full circle sweetly, with a fun twist that connects lives from both books in an unexpected way. There is, perhaps, an overabundance of characters, each with his or her own special Talent, and a few too many plot lines, making the story a little hard to follow at times. Still, most readers who enjoy magical fantasy set in an otherwise realistic world will likely embrace these new characters. VERDICT Graff is a master of the magical realism genre, and this offering is worthy of a spot in any middle grade collection.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX

Horn Book

Graff returns to the magical world introduced in A Tangle of Knots (rev. 7/13), where citizens are either Talented (possessing gifts that range from asparagus cooking to memory manipulation) or Fair, with no extraordinary abilities. Here, children with Singular Talents attend summer camp at Camp Atropos, “a haven for the most remarkabl Graff returns to the magical world introduced in A Tangle of Knots (rev. 7/13), where citizens are either Talented (possessing gifts that range from asparagus cooking to memory manipulation) or Fair, with no extraordinary abilities. Here, children with Singular Talents attend summer camp at Camp Atropos, “a haven for the most remarkable children in the world,” just outside Poughkeepsie, New York. These include the five campers from Cabin 8: twin sisters Chuck and Ellie (Talent: frog identification); brothers Renny and Miles (the former a mind reader, the latter possibly Fair); and Lily (who has the ability to move objects with her nose). Remarkable they are, but perfect they’re not, with campers jockeying to show off their Singular abilities and using their gifts to substitute for real human understanding and honest interaction. Each character struggles with truth, familial love, and acceptance, as Talents are lost and found, relinquished and stolen, borrowed and returned. And then there’s Fate, who also raises her head when least expected, reminding readers that it’s not the talents we’re given but what we make of them that creates happiness. betty carter

Book Details

ISBN

9780399174995

First Release

September 2016

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Philomel

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Fantasy, Magic, Camps, Social issues, Friendship, Family, Siblings,

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