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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. Fiction book about a stranger coming into town and slowly untangling a large knot that is hanging in the town center. [s]

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message 1: by Joanna (new)

Joanna | 3 comments I am looking for a book I read around 30 years ago (probably 1985-1990) that is about a town that has a huge knot full of rope and string that no one had been able to untangle. A stranger comes into town that people didn’t accept at first and he started to spend day and night slowly undoing the knots until it was fully untangled. I believe that eventually the town started to accept him and bring him food and cheer him on.


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Joanna | 3 comments Rosa wrote: "Maniac Magee?"

Thank you, I will check into that!


message 4: by Kris (last edited May 19, 2020 01:08PM) (new)

Kris | 34460 comments Mod
Here are two Google Book previews of Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - Rosa's suggestion:

- https://books.google.com/books?id=pEW...
- https://books.google.com/books?id=HiN...

There are different cover images.


Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 5113 comments Actually, I don't think it's Maniac. But maybe.


Tammy (54viruses) | 16 comments In Maniac Magee, the prize for untangling the knot is a lifetime supply of pizza, but the kid doesn't like pizza so he gives it to his friends.

There was also a scene I found memorable in which he's walking down the middle of a street after basically everyone gets mad at him, but they won't approach him because the street separates the 'black' side of town from the 'white' side of town.


Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 5113 comments Joanna?


message 8: by Joanna (new)

Joanna | 3 comments Thanks all for your help!! It was Maniac Magee! 👏🏼👏🏼


message 9: by Kris (last edited Jul 22, 2020 09:23AM) (new)

Kris | 34460 comments Mod
Great. Glad you found your book, Joanna. Thanks for the update.

(keyword: Gordian knot)


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