Parents' Guide to

Finding Serendipity

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Bold girl dives into author mom's story in wild romp.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+


Not going to lie, if I had to chose ONE book to be real (And I've read a hefty stack of them in my day), it would be this one. Finding Serendipity (as well as the other books in the series) is such a perfect blend of adventure, comedy, and something that I cannot find a word for. If there is a word that combines simple, charming, daring, sweet, and original, it's that one. The book is full of scruffy little dogs, giant libraries, short librarians that always wear purple and are somehow absolutely terrifying, and, most importantly of all, Tuesday herself.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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FINDING SERENDIPITY is swashbuckling fun, a pirate adventure story and literary romp rolled into one. Young readers will love being transported to a land where writers meet their characters and work out stories, a window onto the writer's process. Both the story-within-the-story and the actual story are page-turners. And there's a mind-bending dramatic twist when the mom unwittingly puts her daughter in more danger.

There's also lots of entertaining wordplay: Tuesday's dad speaks alliteratively (starting each word with the same letter) just for the fun of it, and he and Tuesday trade rhyming couplets, a skill that serves Tuesday well later, when she challenges the pirate to a competitive round of couplets. Readers will enjoy this smart, quirky family and welcome this new resourceful girl protagonist.

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