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Finding Serendipity

(Tuesday McGillycuddy #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,546 ratings  ·  289 reviews
When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday's mother ― the famous author Serendipity Smith ― has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published May 2013)
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Pop Bop
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
An Exciting and Inspirational Tale

So, here's the thing. There are many books out there that trumpet the thrill of reading, and of books, and of writing. They are all well intentioned and their goal, to instill a love of reading and of books, is laudable. But boy, they can be heavy-handed and preachy and just so unrelentingly insistent. The message is there, but no real story, and they often generate little interest from a young reader. It can all be just too eat-your-broccoli-ish.

And then you fi
Dale Harcombe
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars.Tuesday McGillycuddy has a secret. Her mother is the famous writer Serendipity Smith, author of the popular Vivienne Small series of books. Tuesday loves it when her mother finishes a book because that means she has more time to spend with Tuesday. Tuesday also has a dog called Baxterr. (and no, that's not a misspelling) When Tuesday finds the new book is not finished and her mother is missing, Tuesday and Baxterr set out to find out what happened.
Tuesday and Bazterr are d
Juliette Simpson
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks is one of the most amazing books about a girl named Tuesday Mcgillycuddy.

One day when Tuesday comes home from school, she makes a wish. Hoping her wish comes true she races home with Baxterr, her dog.
When she gets home she crosses her fingers in hope of her wish coming true. Her father is home and he and she have dinner together. When Tuesday's bedtime approaches they go check on her mother, in hope that her book is finished. Which was Tuesday's wish.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How refreshing to find a book in which the main character, a young girl, DOES NOT want to write a book. The daughter of a famous author, Tuesday McGillycuddy just likes her home, her family and her dog, but when her mother goes missing she decides to go and find her and the adventure begins. This is a book about the power of words and story and the fun of adventure, with more than a nod or two to the relationship between author and character. Nice to find a reluctant hero with a large imaginatio ...more
Newly Wardell
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually 4 and a half stars. Just an amazing adventure story.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The cover was almost a turn-off for me (which I realize has little to do with the author!) but once I started reading, I was pleasantly surprised. This is an adventure story that gently weaves in how to write a story! Not the structure and the mechanics, but rather the emotional investment that wraps one up in the process;
-the "stories that choose their writer carefully,"
-how most of the work is done alone;
- "whatever you can imagine, you can make real."
-"how rare it is to get liftoff the very
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grades-3-4
I really wanted to love this one. I thought it started off strong but the middle just got too bogged down to keep the intended audience reading. And speaking of the intended audience, while I see this story line being appealing to the 3rd/4th grade crowd, I think the independent readability is more targeted to the 5th/6th grade crowd, who may pass it up because the cover has a younger feel.
Michelle Stimpson
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book just jumped into my "Top 10 Favorite Books Of All Time" List.

I loved it so much that I don't know if I should scream from the rooftops to please, please read this book, or if I should keep it a secret all to myself.

I am going to buy about ten copies of this book and hand it out to all the writers I know. Every writer should read this book. At least twice.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Tuesday McGillycuddy's mother, a famous children's author, disappears from her own home under fantastical circumstances. Tuesday unwittingly gets entangled in an adventure to bring her back which sends her on a dangerous quest through the very fictional world her mother helped bring to life.

I can feel it in my bones that this may be one of those books I'm in the minority with, but I have to call it like I see it. It's true, the plot sounds amazing, and to be fair, the book gets better as it pick
Ms. Yingling
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Tuesday McGillycuddy is glad to have an author for a mother, but she's even more glad when Serendipity Smith finishes her books and reverts to being her mother, Sarah, again. When Serendipity is supposed to finish her last book but runs late into the evening, Tuesday checks her top floor room... only to find out she is gone. Her father tells her not to worry, that her mother will be back in the morning, but Tuesday can't leave well enough alone. She looks on her mother's desk (where her mother w ...more
Celeste Swanson
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had a number of issues, including a weak plot. The transition between realism and fantasy was rushed and did not make very much sense. The conflict in this story was not suspenseful, and the “turning point” was anticlimactic.

Character development was also lacking in this book. The authors wanted us to believe that Tuesday changed at the end of the book, but we really do not see any evidence of this. I do not think that events in the story shaped her, and she did not grow in any way. T
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and am glad I bought it for our library. Tuesday's mother is a world famous author and goes missing. Tuesday follows her to the imaginary world of her mother's books to find her and bring her home. This story is a great metaphor for the power of reading and writing to take the reader to another world. My favourite line in the book: 'The Librarian is cool, but man is she obsessed with books!'
Sparkling, whimsical, fun children's story that illustrates beautifully the joy and excitement of story creation. This book is a must for any writer of fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Content Advisory: There are a couple of surprisingly violent moments in this story (for a children's book), but there were no other objectionable aspects.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book in the entire world! Even though this isn'r a review! I totally recommend it and hope you all like it!!
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Omg Omg Omg I loved this book so much I hated it when I had to put it down!
Kayla Loewen
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant,beautiful,intriguing,charming,addictive...need I say more? :D
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3rd Quarter 5th Choice book
I loved this book I really like how this book takes place inside of a story which takes place in a book her mom wrote. When Tuesday goes inside to the fairytale land to save her mom (Serendipity Smith) who is not really in the fairytale land she chooses to look in the story her mom wrote. While reading the book it felt like you were on the adventure with Tuesday and her dog Baxterr. I really liked how the setting took place inside of a story that her mom wrote Tuesday
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Younger ages
Recommended to Maya by: Emma
That was okay. The plot was good, and the idea for the story was really good but, (view spoiler) I would have given this book 2 stars because of all of the unknown things that we don't figure out, but it's a series. I'm not sure that I will read the rest of the series be ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book has just rocketed to the top of my list of contemporary middle grade novels. First because it is charming - genuinely, sweetly, uniquely charming. The descriptions are just lovely enough, the characters are real but not cloying, and the story is creative and exciting. But more than that, this is an absolutely magical book about writing - what it is and what it feels like. It manages to create a “land where stories come from” that feels more cohesive, funny, and real than those tha ...more
Hailey Woessner
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This cover of this book really made me question if I wanted to read this or not. I was pretty happy with the outcome of this story. I really liked some of the plot twists that I would have never seen coming throughout the story. Another thing I liked a lot was the pictures throughout the book. They really gave me a lot more detail on what was going on and I truly enjoyed that. The author also used a lot of great adjectives.
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
A fun middle grade book that was pretty smart and whimsical...and very meta-Books in books in books. Also, it has a dog. With wings. So that's pretty much all you need to know.
Lilia Keller-Moore
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
it is an amazing book, and it really inspired me to stick with the book that I've been attempting to write.
Julianne Negri
Finding Serendipity is a rambunctious adventure that also explores the compulsion of creativity – the magnetic pull, the hard work, the mystery, the beatings, the flights of fancy, the joy and the wonder. And here in lies the magic and gobsmacking cleverness of Angelica Banks (the pen name for not one brilliant writer, but two – Heather Rose and Danielle Woods). They have managed to create a wonderful fantasy adventure chapter book for children with a driving narrative gorgeous world of peppermi ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Never lose hope no matter how bad you want to
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-and-kidlit
The concept of a character getting lost in a fictional story is still appealing to me even though it's been done and done and done. However, I'm on the fence about whether or not this particular tale of a little girl entering her famous author/mother's fictional landscape has much new to add to this trope. In fact, a few things seem too simplistic for me ... for instance, is it really true that you have to start at the beginning? And I dislike the fact that there is such a distinction made betwe ...more
LCL Children'S
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tuesday's family seems ordinary to most observers, but that's because they don't know the truth: Tuesday's mother is the world-famous novelist Serendipity Smith. Tuesday loves her mom's stories, but her favorite times are when her mom is not writing and the family can enjoy time together. On the evening of the last day of school, Tuesday enters her mother's writing room, hoping to find that her mother has finished her book and family vacation can commence. Instead, Tuesday finds her mother missi ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a magical story! I loved the adventure in this story, and I loved how it as much a mother-daughter bonding story as it was one of growing up. I think what the appeal is for Finding Serendipity is that it's a book lover's book, a book a writer would love to write. It made me smile from start to finish, I loved the characters, especially Baxterr (with his extra 'r'!). The story is insanely cute and it's accompanied by some beautiful illustrations.

Even though this is a middle grade novel, I fe
It took me a couple of days to finally just sit down and write this review. Not because I didn’t like this book, but for the simple fact that I had to figure out what I wanted to say without spoiling it for everyone else. When I first read the synopsis for this book I was excited to read it. It just seemed like my kind of story. And I have to say that it not only reached my expectations but exceeded them. Finding Serendipity is a gorgeously spun tale about a place where stories can live and brea ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm so sad this book is over. I had such a good time reading it. Everything I loved was crammed into one book. Humor, adventure, suspense, and of course dogs (although I would have liked it better if it were a cat). There were many plot twists in this story that made it intriguing and made you want to keep going. I also loved the quotes in this book. The title is perfect considering that serendipity means that a series of events that end in a happy or beneficial way. Life is serendipity. We all ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this!

Ah, this book is SO CUTE! Basically anybody who loves reading or writing should read it. It's a magical story about the magical land where stories are created. Tuesday gets sucked into it when she goes looking for her (world famous novelist) mother. And she takes here cute little dog (doggo!) Baxterr (double rr) with her.

The writing in this is divine. I actually just finished THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR and was finding i
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Angelica Banks is not one writer but two. Danielle Wood and Heather Rose are both award-winning authors and they have been friends for years. When they decided to write a book together they chose a pen name to make things easy.

Heather Rose
Before embarking on the Tuesday McGillycuddy series, Heather Rose was already the author of three novels for adults: White Heart, The Butterfly Man and The Rive

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Tuesday McGillycuddy (3 books)
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