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Book Review: Finding Serendipity

Finding Serendipity (Tuesday McGillycuddy #1)Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely enjoyed this story! It gave me warm and fuzzy feelings, like I was 10 years old, discovering an adventure I could fall in love with. And it’s a series, which I am definitely interested in continuing with. The author is actually two authors, writing under a pseudonym! I enjoyed reading about them after searching out who “Angelica Banks” is.

The main character Tuesday is a relatable character except for a few things: her mother is a famous children’s books author (think JK Rowling status), but to keep their life peaceful, her mother writes under a pseudonym and wears disguises at events (or hires a person to play her? Sorry I got confused there). Tuesday can’t tell anyone who her mother really is. She’s accustomed to her mother’s writing deadlines and need for quiet, typing away in the writing room, until she’s finished. Then they usually get to go on long family vacations during school holidays.

But, not this time. In the midst of writer’s block on how to end the entire series well, Tuesday’s mother seems to disappear. Out of a window.
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Tuesday discovers it in the quiet writing room, the window wide open, and a box on the desk. She opens it to find silver thread-like words: THE END. She sits to type and the words come off the page and wrap around her body, lifting her out of the window! So she discovers her mother’s secret writing life, and travels to the fantastical world of stories. She searches for her mother, and meets the characters in her mother’s stories. The rest, you’ll need to read the story to find out!

So, as a writer myself, I found this very fun. It’s a great story for writers young and old, and for people related to writers.

I didn’t give 5 stars because I felt the father figure was too relaxed about his daughter being off on an adventure through the window. He was used to it, because it’s what his wife did. But he too easily let Tuesday go off into the dark unknown by herself. We know in children’s stories, children need to be off on adventure somehow. But I think he should have freaked out more, ha. Grabbed at her arms or legs as she floated away, maybe.
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Definitely would recommend this book to kids 8 and up. And to writers.

If you’d like to learn more about the author team for this series, visit their website: http://tuesdaymcgillycuddy.com/

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