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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.
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.
“A debut storytelling tour de force.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This beautiful novel will be a delight to those who enjoy spin-offs of fairy tales and folktales.”
“Entertaning, freshly told, and ripe for readalouds.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“SERENDIPITY MARKET reveals itself to be what we all strive to do: universal tale spinning, gorgeous writing.”
-—Chris Lynch, author of the National Book Award finalist Inexcusable