Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.
"Beautifully performed, great book"
Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can't get rid of. Trent's pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.
Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, 11-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan.
In this magical companion to the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, it's summertime, and everyone is heading off to camp. For Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don't know is that they've been gathered for a reason - one that the camp's director wants to keep hidden at all costs.
"I love listening to this book"
For a third grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship - until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles.
Das 11-jährige Waisenmädchen Cady hat ein besonderes Talent: Sie kann für jeden Menschen den absolut perfekten Kuchen backen. Und Miss Mallory verfügt über das Talent, ihre Waisenkinder innerhalb weniger Stunden an eine perfekt passende Familie zu vermitteln. Bei Cady war sie bisher erfolglos, doch als Toby auftaucht, weiß sie sofort, dass er Cadys Adoptivvater sein muss. Die beiden ziehen ins "Lost Luggage Emporium", in dem auch noch der grummelige Besitzer und einige andere seltsame Bewohner leben. Jeder trägt ein Geheimnis in sich und ist zugleich mit einem besonderen Talent ausgestattet. Die Schicksale dieser Bewohner verweben sich zunehmend auf magische Weise.