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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. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchantedWhen 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. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End....

Title : Finding Serendipity
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ISBN : 9781627791540
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Finding Serendipity Reviews

  • Pop Bop
    2019-02-17 03:57

    An Exciting and Inspirational TaleSo, here's the thing. There are many books out there that trumpet the thrill of reading, and of books, and of writing. They are all well intentioned and their goal, to instill a love of reading and of books, is laudable. But boy, they can be heavy-handed and preachy and just so unrelentingly insistent. The message is there, but no real story, and they often generate little interest from a young reader. It can all be just too eat-your-broccoli-ish.And then you find a book like this. Blurbs refer to Dorothy and Toto and to Alice in Wonderland and to Peter Pan. And that actually hits the mark; there are echoes of all of them in this book. I got a sort of "Phantom Tollbooth" vibe. However you cast it, this book takes our heroine on a great adventure that just happens to keep circling around the idea that everyone has a story to write and that writing that story is magical and exciting.But put the message aside for a bit. Our heroine, Tuesday McGillycuddy, is smart, resourceful, spirited, and happy. Her family is loving and supportive. When her famous writer Mom disappears, well Tuesday just has to follow a living thread of silver words to find her up in a magical world in the sky. It is Wendy flying out of the window and Dorothy and Toto, (Tuesday's dog joins her), following the road, and Alice meeting unusual characters. It's exciting and fantastic. This is complemented by the fact that the writing style is clear and direct for a young reader, but often richer and more expressive and more fully imagined than one usually expects. There are some gentle and lyrical descriptions and some sweetly framed conversations between mother and daughter that are just way beyond what you usually get in fantasy/adventure. And even the simple line drawing illustrations are charming.This is a ripping yarn, a touching family story, a tribute to writers, and an inspirational piece all wrapped together. Gosh, now I want to eat my broccoli.Please note that I found this book on my own. I have no connection at all to either the authors or the publisher of this book.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-02-28 06:35

    Four and a half stars.Tuesday McGillycuddy has a secret. Her mother is the famous writer Serendipity Smith, author of the popular Vivienne Small series of books. Tuesday loves it when her mother finishes a book because that means she has more time to spend with Tuesday. Tuesday also has a dog called Baxterr. (and no, that's not a misspelling) When Tuesday finds the new book is not finished and her mother is missing, Tuesday and Baxterr set out to find out what happened. Tuesday and Bazterr are drawn into the world of story, where they try to rescue Tuesday’s mother. While there, they meet Vivienne Small but also a far less pleasant character in that of the pirate Carsten Mothwood. Don’t you just love all the inventive names of these characters? I’m sure children will too.Most readers know what it is like to be drawn into a story by the characters and their adventures. This novel takes that experience and plays with it, creating a great adventure story with a quirky main character that I am sure will be loved by many readers. The book is beautifully written by Angelica Banks who is not one writer but two: Heather Rose and Danielle Wood. They have created an imaginative story that is fresh, interesting and is sure to keep kids reading.On the Allen and Unwin site you can find a guide and questions for teachers to help their class get the most out of this novel. It would be useful in literary studies, writing, imaginative use of language and developing characters as well as how reality and fiction can be intertwined. Also it could be used in discussing family relationships and friendships. This is a fascinating novel that good readers from 8 years and upwards should really enjoy. Highly recommended.

  • Juliette Simpson
    2019-03-03 06:35

    Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks is one of the most amazing books about a girl named Tuesday Mcgillycuddy. One day when Tuesday comes home from school, she makes a wish. Hoping her wish comes true she races home with Baxterr, her dog.When she gets home she crosses her fingers in hope of her wish coming true. Her father is home and he and she have dinner together. When Tuesday's bedtime approaches they go check on her mother, in hope that her book is finished. Which was Tuesday's wish. When Serendipity, Tuesday's mother, is not in her writing room, her dad tells her not to worry. When Tuesday goes to bed she worries. Tuesday soon embarks on a journey to find her mother in the land of literature. I loved this book. I got it for my birthday two days ago and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone, again.

  • Edie
    2019-03-19 06:59

    How refreshing to find a book in which the main character, a young girl, DOES NOT want to write a book. The daughter of a famous author, Tuesday McGillycuddy just likes her home, her family and her dog, but when her mother goes missing she decides to go and find her and the adventure begins. This is a book about the power of words and story and the fun of adventure, with more than a nod or two to the relationship between author and character. Nice to find a reluctant hero with a large imagination and a small ego. The secondary characters, some only briefly introduce, are interesting especially the evil Mothwood. The sense of language is also lots of fun and hopefully will encourage young readers to rhyme as well as scheme.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-04 00:56

    This book just jumped into my "Top 10 Favorite Books Of All Time" List.I loved it so much that I don't know if I should scream from the rooftops to please, please read this book, or if I should keep it a secret all to myself.I am going to buy about ten copies of this book and hand it out to all the writers I know. Every writer should read this book. At least twice.

  • Susan
    2019-03-18 06:43

    I really wanted to love this one. I thought it started off strong but the middle just got too bogged down to keep the intended audience reading. And speaking of the intended audience, while I see this story line being appealing to the 3rd/4th grade crowd, I think the independent readability is more targeted to the 5th/6th grade crowd, who may pass it up because the cover has a younger feel.

  • Susan
    2019-02-19 03:52

    Tuesday McGillycuddy's mother, a famous children's author, disappears from her own home under fantastical circumstances. Tuesday unwittingly gets entangled in an adventure to bring her back which sends her on a dangerous quest through the very fictional world her mother helped bring to life.I can feel it in my bones that this may be one of those books I'm in the minority with, but I have to call it like I see it. It's true, the plot sounds amazing, and to be fair, the book gets better as it picks up pace. It's one of those books, though, where every character has an elaborately quirky name and this name has to be referenced in its entirety (first and last) at nearly every occurrence just to drive it home. You know what I mean? There is just a lot of...cutesiness. Cute names, a cute pet dog with a cute name origin story, parents who have cute "bits" they do with their daughter--you know. This can be pulled off. I feel like Coraline could have fallen down this rabbit hole, but worked out very well in the end, mostly because the darkness counterbalanced everything nicely. Unfortunately with this book, until the adventure gets its teeth, it's just a little too sweet. I would have liked to see Tuesday with a little more grit, a little less happy-go-lucky/good-natured, for one thing. Fewer scenes with the parents and more scenes in the fictional world might also have helped. Serendipity's created world is actually pretty cool, and reminiscent of Neverland only with a feisty girl sprite fighting for it, instead of a boy who won't grow up. There's possibility there, and I am sure there is an audience for it regardless. Maybe fans of The Penderwicks, or Ingrid Law's Savvy? For my part though, I'm hoping the sequel will bring more of the feisty, less of the cute.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-03-11 00:45

    Tuesday McGillycuddy is glad to have an author for a mother, but she's even more glad when Serendipity Smith finishes her books and reverts to being her mother, Sarah, again. When Serendipity is supposed to finish her last book but runs late into the evening, Tuesday checks her top floor room... only to find out she is gone. Her father tells her not to worry, that her mother will be back in the morning, but Tuesday can't leave well enough alone. She looks on her mother's desk (where her mother works on an old fashioned typewriter) and finds an odd silver thread that spells out "the end". Before too long, Tuesday and her dog Baxterr are sucked into a land of stories. They meet author Blake Luckhurst who takes the to the Library where they get some provisions and some advice from the Librarian. Soon, Tuesday is off, writing her mother's story about a girl named Vivienne Small and trying to find out where her mother has gone. In the process, she manages to figure out not only her mother's story, but her own skills as a writer. Strengths: My own favorite story-within-a-story is Roderick Townley' The Great Good Thing, and I could see this being popular with readers who like this sort of magical realism, and are fond of writing.Weaknesses: A bit twee for my taste; once I found out that the two authors were both writers of adult fiction AND Australian, this made much more sense to me. Don't know how this will fly with US tweens.

  • Celeste Swanson
    2019-03-04 04:35

    This book had a number of issues, including a weak plot. The transition between realism and fantasy was rushed and did not make very much sense. The conflict in this story was not suspenseful, and the “turning point” was anticlimactic. Character development was also lacking in this book. The authors wanted us to believe that Tuesday changed at the end of the book, but we really do not see any evidence of this. I do not think that events in the story shaped her, and she did not grow in any way. Tuesday was also not a relatable character. We do not really know who she is, and her motivations do not make sense. Vivienne’s character was also not very well developed. It was difficult to get a sense of her as a character. We are told things about her in the story, but we really do not get to see anything except the surface level of her character. Tuesday’s parents were not well developed either. The mother character was very flat, and the father was too eccentric. The authors of this book were trying really hard to make a quirky story, but it just did not work. The long descriptions were not charming, and they made the story drag. The authors seemed to have good overall ideas, but these ideas were poorly executed.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-18 04:51

    The cover was almost a turn-off for me (which I realize has little to do with the author!) but once I started reading, I was pleasantly surprised. This is an adventure story that gently weaves in how to write a story! Not the structure and the mechanics, but rather the emotional investment that wraps one up in the process; -the "stories that choose their writer carefully," -how most of the work is done alone;- "whatever you can imagine, you can make real."-"how rare it is to get liftoff the very first time you try"-"characters in stories have their own lives to live, and we are not important in those lives."and many more little quips about the life of a writer.So, why does the boy, who is a minor character, have to say, "s...cks"???I"m not a prude, but I don't allow that word to be used by my students in school, and I would not read it aloud in a story to them. Was it to make him 'authentic'?? It's out of place with the rest of the story.

  • Nova
    2019-03-06 00:57

    I loved this book and am glad I bought it for our library. Tuesday's mother is a world famous author and goes missing. Tuesday follows her to the imaginary world of her mother's books to find her and bring her home. This story is a great metaphor for the power of reading and writing to take the reader to another world. My favourite line in the book: 'The Librarian is cool, but man is she obsessed with books!'

  • Jennifer Nelson
    2019-02-26 05:52

    Sparkling, whimsical, fun children's story that illustrates beautifully the joy and excitement of story creation. This book is a must for any writer of fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it!Content Advisory: There are a couple of surprisingly violent moments in this story (for a children's book), but there were no other objectionable aspects.

  • Book Girl
    2019-02-16 07:54

    This is my favorite book in the entire world! Even though this isn'r a review! I totally recommend it and hope you all like it!!

  • silly_person
    2019-03-15 02:36

    Omg Omg Omg I loved this book so much I hated it when I had to put it down!

  • Kayla Loewen
    2019-02-17 02:57

    This book is brilliant,beautiful,intriguing,charming,addictive...need I say more? :D

  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    2019-02-23 04:57

    A fun middle grade book that was pretty smart and whimsical...and very meta-Books in books in books. Also, it has a dog. With wings. So that's pretty much all you need to know.

  • Wayward Fancy
    2019-02-17 06:03

    Finding Serendipity is a rambunctious adventure that also explores the compulsion of creativity – the magnetic pull, the hard work, the mystery, the beatings, the flights of fancy, the joy and the wonder. And here in lies the magic and gobsmacking cleverness of Angelica Banks (the pen name for not one brilliant writer, but two – Heather Rose and Danielle Woods). They have managed to create a wonderful fantasy adventure chapter book for children with a driving narrative gorgeous world of peppermint forests and oceans and cliffs and even a fantastic arch nemesis in the pirate Captain Mothwood. All this alone would have been enough for a good book. But they make it truly great with the injection of a story about writing. Mind-bendingly self-referential and clever and wonderful!You see, our character Tuesday McGillycuddy is the daughter of the world’s most famous writer, Serendipity Smith. But no one knows this. When Tuesday finds her mother missing from her writing room, she sits at the typewriter and writes about it. A silver thread appears and carries Tuesday and her dog Baxterr (with a double R) off to the world of Story. There, Tuesday delves into the world of her mother’s adventure books, the world of Vivienne Small.Throughout this adventure, Tuesday learns about the power of courage, imagination, storytelling and about getting to the end, about finding and losing. This books is an inspiration on so many levels. The details of how the world of story and how our world interacts with the characters there is brilliant. The adventure in the world is rollicking. And I haven’t even mentioned Tuesday’s wonderful wordy father, Dennis. In fact, all characters are rendered with detail and whimsy. The language soothes, delights, is playful and heart-warming.This book will keep you turning pages, warm your heart, fire your creativity, make you laugh, delight the reader at every plot twist and turn and further imbue the wonder of storytelling to anyone who reads it.

  • LCL Children'S
    2019-03-09 00:43

    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. --MT

  • Maggie
    2019-02-16 02:46

    The concept of a character getting lost in a fictional story is still appealing to me even though it's been done and done and done. However, I'm on the fence about whether or not this particular tale of a little girl entering her famous author/mother's fictional landscape has much new to add to this trope. In fact, a few things seem too simplistic for me ... for instance, is it really true that you have to start at the beginning? And I dislike the fact that there is such a distinction made between readers and writers. For me, it would make sense, especially in this kind of book, to suggest that readers can participate in the writing of a book, but instead, Banks seems to suggest that the writer has the final (and really, only) say. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but to me, this book is more about authorial power than the power of reading. All of that said, the story is fun, and the adventures enough (or so I imagine) to keep kids engaged. I'm curious myself to find out what happens next in the inevitable sequel.

  • Sam
    2019-02-28 05:53

    What a magical story! I loved the adventure in this story, and I loved how it as much a mother-daughter bonding story as it was one of growing up. I think what the appeal is for Finding Serendipity is that it's a book lover's book, a book a writer would love to write. It made me smile from start to finish, I loved the characters, especially Baxterr (with his extra 'r'!). The story is insanely cute and it's accompanied by some beautiful illustrations.Even though this is a middle grade novel, I feel like anyone can read this story and fall victim to its charms. It's quirky, cute, and just plain fun. Sometimes you just want a story that's fun and thoughtful in the simplest ways, and Finding Serendipity just excels at that. It's seriously that magical and delightful of a book! Check it out!

  • Breana
    2019-02-26 03:57

    It took me a couple of days to finally just sit down and write this review. Not because I didn’t like this book, but for the simple fact that I had to figure out what I wanted to say without spoiling it for everyone else. When I first read the synopsis for this book I was excited to read it. It just seemed like my kind of story. And I have to say that it not only reached my expectations but exceeded them. Finding Serendipity is a gorgeously spun tale about a place where stories can live and breathe, and the adventures of a girl who sets out to find her mother, Serendipity Smith. Full Review HereThis ARC was won from the publisher.

  • Kayla
    2019-03-11 01:58

    I'm so sad this book is over. I had such a good time reading it. Everything I loved was crammed into one book. Humor, adventure, suspense, and of course dogs (although I would have liked it better if it were a cat). There were many plot twists in this story that made it intriguing and made you want to keep going. I also loved the quotes in this book. The title is perfect considering that serendipity means that a series of events that end in a happy or beneficial way. Life is serendipity. We all have various events in our life, whether they may be good or bad that lead up to a happy ending. In all, this was a great read that will tell a great story but the way you interpret it will create a story of your own.

  • Molly
    2019-02-19 01:45

    Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this!Ah, this book is SO CUTE! Basically anybody who loves reading or writing should read it. It's a magical story about the magical land where stories are created. Tuesday gets sucked into it when she goes looking for her (world famous novelist) mother. And she takes here cute little dog (doggo!) Baxterr (double rr) with her. The writing in this is divine. I actually just finished THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR and was finding it difficult to get into something but this was just what I needed. Seriously, check this out. Even if you aren't huge into MG (I'm not) you'll love this!

  • Jaime
    2019-03-04 07:00

    Didn't finish.Maybe it's because this is my first foray back into children's lit after reading a lot of adult fiction this summer, or maybe it's really just not all that interesting, but I really couldn't muster the stamina to finish this one. It's about a girl who travels to the land where stories are made to find her missing mother. It's got some cute illustrations and is a good step up for girls that want gentle fantasy and have just graduated from beginning chapter books. But I couldn't get invested.

  • Rivka
    2019-03-02 07:59

    This is a great book. The characters have personality and the setting is unique. Tuesday searches for her mother in one of her books, which leads her through an Alice-in-Wonderland-like experience in the land of book writing. The characters in her mother's book are real, including the dangerous villian Mothwood. She learns something important about her dog, Baxterr. She gets lost and finds her way again. And then she finds what she was NOT looking for. A thrilling read.(I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.)

  • Darrie-Ann
    2019-02-24 08:04

    What a delightful and fun read.My daughter and I read it together. The language is beautiful, the characters enchanting, and the setting and premise of a daughter discovering she is an author of her own story while inside the book written by her own mothers hand, simply delightful.Please write us another!!!!!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-12 23:55

    Best of 2015. Great way to look at writing/creating a book in a new way--throw in dastardly pirates, silly rhymes, a winged dog, a magical library & librarian (Nancy Pearl? like character), a flying girl with a treehouse, .... I could go on and on! Loved this.

  • Robin
    2019-03-05 01:37

    This is one of those books that my daughter kept bothering me to read. I loved it. The story within the story...the family...the sweetness and the horribleness. Also, I want to visit the writer's library. Now when I sit at my keyboard I hope to see silvery words wrapping around my arms.

  • Lily
    2019-03-15 06:45

    This book was a really good, imaginative read. While aimed a bit younger than my year group I still thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend it. Can't really think of anything else to say except that a great heroine!!!!!

  • jagle
    2019-03-15 03:51

    Excellent book - inventive, beautifully written, the story moves along fabulously - just lots of fun. A children's version of Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' books - just w whole lot of fun. Highly recommend it - would love for there to be more of them written.