Serendipity Market
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Serendipity Market

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by Penny Blubaugh
     
 

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When Toby breathes on Mama Inez's bird-shaped invitations, giving them the power to fly, plans for the Serendipity Market begin. Soon, eleven honored guests travel from afar and make their way to the storytellers' tent to share their stories. Each tale proves what Mama Inez knows—that magic is everywhere. Sometimes it shows itself subtly—a ray of sun

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When Toby breathes on Mama Inez's bird-shaped invitations, giving them the power to fly, plans for the Serendipity Market begin. Soon, eleven honored guests travel from afar and make their way to the storytellers' tent to share their stories. Each tale proves what Mama Inez knows—that magic is everywhere. Sometimes it shows itself subtly—a ray of sun glinting on a gold coin, or a girl picking a rose without getting pricked by the thorn—and sometimes it makes itself known with trumpets and fireworks. But when real magic is combined with the magic of storytelling, it can change the world.

This is a breathtaking debut novel written with elegance and grace.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Entertaning, freshly told, and ripe for readalouds."
Chris Lynch
"SERENDIPITY MARKET reveals itself to be what we all strive to do: universal tale spinning, gorgeous writing."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Entertaning, freshly told, and ripe for readalouds.”
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
From her house with the witch's hat roof at the end of the world, Mama Inez sends invitations to select storytellers to perform at the Serendipity Market in an effort to restore balance to the Earth's spin. Among those who respond positively are the lizard who became Cinderella's footman and the twin elves who assisted the shoemaker. Each of the stories has its roots in the magic of traditional literature, but each also has a slight twist from the familiar. Jack sells the giants' beans to someone else who is not so greedy. A gay prince is pleased when after many princesses fail the test of a pea under a stack of mattresses, a handsome prince passes. Each of the stories may be read independently but all tie together through the magic of Mama Inez. This small book is a lovely tribute to the power of story and magic in the world. Some readers may find the mild profanity objectionable. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
Mama Inez sends out invitations that fly awat from her house—the one at the end of the world—and into the hands of guests. Most respond in the affirmative and show up next Saturday to tell their stories. Mama Inez initiates this gathering because the spin of the world is off, and she wants to set it right. What follows are short retellings of fairytales and poems such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. The storytelling itself is very rich and entertaining. In the story, The Carter House, teenager Maisie describes the Fey Queen's smile as, "With that vague threat echoing in the night, she smiled, a smile as chill as the night, a smile that never reached her eyes." The descriptions of the characters and their feelings will linger with readers. Although many characters are adults, young readers will recognize the fairytales or at least enjoy the touch of magic that is in each, with a cast including mermaids, fairies, and giants. Solid plot lines and modern retellings will help youth not feel as if they are being told a children's story. Readers will likely find themselves in one of the nine stories told whether it be a story of love, courage, or kindness. Reviewer: Kelly Czarnecki
Kirkus Reviews
In this debut storytelling tour de force, Blubaugh repackages familiar folk- and fairy-tale themes with contemporary verve and wit. When the omniscient Mama Inez discovers "the spin of the world is off," she invites special guests to the Serendipity Market to help her balance it with their fantastical stories. Speaking in the first-person, each guest tells a tale in which astute readers will recognize traditional characters and motifs, albeit with a modern twist or fresh perspective. Disenchanted coachman Lizard recounts the Cinderella story from his reptilian viewpoint. Traveler elves Naddie and Earl relate how they developed a symbiotic relationship with the village cobbler. Gay Prince Zola remembers finding his true love after a sleepless night on a pile of mattresses. Rosey tells how she barely escaped from a sexual predator en route to Gran's house. These and other stories blend the magical and the mundane as well as the familiar and the foreign. Together they offer memorable storytellers, magical tales and marvelous language that should indeed help balance the world. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Entertaining, freshly told, and ripe for readalouds.”
ALA Booklist
“This beautiful novel will be a delight to those who enjoy spin-offs of fairy tales and folktales.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Entertaning, freshly told, and ripe for readalouds.”
—Chris Lynch
“SERENDIPITY MARKET reveals itself to be what we all strive to do: universal tale spinning, gorgeous writing.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061468759
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,053,768
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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“SERENDIPITY MARKET reveals itself to be what we all strive to do: universal tale spinning, gorgeous writing.”

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