Serendipity Market

Serendipity Market

by Penny Blubaugh
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Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061971778
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 551 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Penny Blubaugh is a writer, librarian, and former flight instructor. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and dreams of living at the End of the World in a house with a witch's-hat roof. Serendipity Market is her first novel and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book.

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Serendipity Market 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
Serendipity Market is about a woman with magical powers named Mama Inez. She lives in a small house at the end of the world with a dog and two kids, Roberto and Franz. Every once in a while, she holds a gathering where people come from all over the place to tell their stories to help the world stay in balance. Every person's story is based on some sort of fairytale or folktales, but each story has a twist. I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars because there were some interesting parts but some that were boring. First of all, there was a lot of detail left out. I had to go back and re-read some parts because I was confused on what was going on. I just felt that the author could have expanded more on her writing. Also, there were some characters that appeared to be important in the beginning but then were never mentioned much after. These characters, Roberto and Franz, had some sort of relationship to Mama Inez and were present in the first couple of chapters. As I got further into the book though, they were only mentioned twice and it was very brief. I was curious if they had developed their powers they were trying to find in the beginning. Another thing I didn't like about the book was the lack the characters' physical description. I couldn't really picture any of the characters. I had no idea what some of the characters looked like. It would have made the book a lot more enjoyable for me if there were more character description. On the other hand, what I liked about the book was the twist on the fairy tales and folktales. It really made the book interesting to see how a story could have turned out if the main character had a different point of view on something. I would recommend this book for girls ages 10-14. Since this book featured fairy tales, I think it is geared more toward girls. The stories within the book had happy endings where the main character got what they wanted. A few stories were also based on princesses, which is definitely a more girly theme. I would recommend this book to younger girls because I thought the reading level of the book was easy. The vocabulary used wasn't difficult and the book wasn't mature enough for someone older. Overall, Serendipity Market was not my favorite book, but I think if I had liked the whole magic and “happily ever after” theme, I would have enjoyed it.
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