By Angelica Banks
Tuesday McGillicuddy has a famous mother but she can’t tell you anything about her. The reason being that her mother is the author of one of the most popular adventure series in the world! She is so famous that she has to dress in disguise and pretend to be a completely different person when she’s out doing book signings or speaking in schools as the author Serendipity Smith.
Tuesday loves her mother deeply but she doesn’t love all of the time she spends writing her novels – locked away from her family for days on end. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Tuesday is happy that her mother is about to finish writing her last book in the Vivian Small adventure series. This means a family trip where Tuesday will be able to spend weeks on a remote island somewhere with her mother and father, all the while enjoying their undivided attention.
But now something terrible has happened! Her mother has apparently vanished through the open studio window while writing the final pages of Vivienne Small and the Final Battle! The only clue left behind in her writer’s studio is a silver box containing a shimmering silver thread that spells “The End” and floats above the keyboard of her typewriter. Hoping her mother will reappear, Tuesday starts a story of her own on the same typewriter. And now, her own adventure begins as she sets off to find her mother who is seemingly lost in her story somewhere.
I thoroughly enjoyed this magical and imaginative tale filled with twists and turns that introduce readers to a mystical land where authors find inspiration for their characters and stories. A land where their characters become real and can live out the lives created for them. And maybe, just maybe, live lives of their own after the author has left the story.
I highly recommend Finding Serendipity for children grades 4 through 6. It would also be tremendous as a read-aloud!
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)