I read Finding Serendipity two years ago, and fell head over heels in love! So, when I was presented with the opportunity to read A Week Without Tuesday, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. And happily, I can tell you that this sequel is charming, filled with just as much whimsy as the first! In this story, Tuesday is forced to figure out how to save the land of story, where worlds are colliding, and writers getting injured. Meanwhile, in the real world, her mother and father are dealing with some plot twists of their own. Clever and imaginative, A Week Without Tuesday is a worthy sequel.
While it took a few chapters for the pacing to click, it was quite enjoyable all in all. It was lovely to be reunited with strong-willed, kind, smart Tuesday, loyal Baxterr, fabulous Serendipity, thoughtful Denis and fierce Vivienne; it was also delightful to be introduced to new characters (to both love and hate to love). While the plot (and even the illustrations) reminded me a little bit of Roald Dahl, it still managed to maintain a unique tone all its own. It was really smart, once again introducing clever thoughts on writing and stories and imagination in a way that any reader will be able to understand and relate to. It was also really fun, with some silly encounters and whimsical plot twists that are delightful and terrifying. I honestly found it hard to put it down once the story really gets going, and it was wrapped up in a way that felt quite satisfying.
A Week Without Tuesday is, without a doubt, one of the most delightful books I’ve ever read. It is a novel that, along with its predecessor, I wouldn’t think twice about gifting to younger readers. If you’re interested in imaginative, clever middle grade books and you haven’t yet read Finding Serendipity, you should definitely fix that. And if you’ve read and enjoyed Finding Serendipity, then definitely make time to check out the sequel!
A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks
Series: Tuesday McGillycuddy #2 | Previous Book in Series: Finding Serendipity
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Source: ARC from the publisher (Thanks!)
Something is broken in the land of story. Real and imaginary worlds are colliding—putting everything and everyone in grave peril. Tuesday and Baxterr, at the request of the Librarian, and with the help of Vivienne Small, venture to find the Gardener—the one person who can stop this catastrophe. On their way, they'll meet friends and foes, and discover strengths they didn't know they had. Will they be able to save the land of story?
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