A Clatter of Jars (A Tangle of Knots, #2) by Lisa Graff

A Clatter of Jars (A Tangle of Knots, #2)

In this companion to A Tangle of Knots, it's summertime and everyone is heading off to camp. For Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don't know is that they've been gathered for a reason--one that the camp's director wants to keep hidden at all costs.Meanwhile, a Talent jar that has been dropped to the b...


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TitleA Clatter of Jars (A Tangle of Knots, #2)
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Release DateMay 24th, 2016
PublisherPhilomel
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Juvenile
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Reviews A Clatter of Jars (A Tangle of Knots, #2)

  • Renee
    1970-01-01
    In this whimsical children’s fantasy, the sequel to the highly acclaimed A Tangle of Knots, readers are transported back to Lisa Graff’s magic-filled world where children have special “Talents”: Lily is a “Pinnacle” who has the ability to move things with her mind; Renny has a reputation for being a “Recollector” (i.e., the ability to transplant memories from one mind to another); and, Chuck, much to her own surprise, is about to ...
  • Carla
    1970-01-01
    Too many plot lines, too many characters, and too many jars of talents flying around for me to completely enjoy this book. I like Graff's writing style but I got a lost in the characters and their talents (especially when they started changing). I loved a tangle of knots, but this one just felt messy.From School Library Journal:Gr 4–7—When Liliana Vera arrives at Camp Atropos for Singular Talents, she does so with a heavy heart. Her brother M...
  • Genna
    1970-01-01
    What an awesome book. Adventures of the characters that will lead you to a wonderful ending. I was a bit confused at the beginning because of the Talents of the characters. I can't remember all. But towards the story you will identify each one of them and what are their Talents. The struggle of being a Fair (the one who doesn't have any Talent) is really hard. You are living in a world with everyone has a special thing that they can do and you do...
  • Kristen
    1970-01-01
    Graff's books are always full of fun and fantasy, and this one is no different. I enjoyed the story, but I worry that the multiple narrators combined with all the talent-swapping and memory-mixing will confuse some of my student readers. Sometimes I even had trouble keeping track of who could do what and who remembered what. A fun little fantasy, but muddled at times.
  • Jess
    1970-01-01
    A Tangle of Knots had charm and fun but unfortunately for me this one lacked both. I hated the willy-nilly tossing around and selling of talents (to be fair, I hate Comedy of Errors style mix ups). Too many plot lines with characters we only kind of get to know. Repetitive--numerous descriptions of sunsets, an overload of sound words/songs, characters complaining about the same thing every time they show up [Lily, our tween martyr, does nothing b...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    1970-01-01
    I like the underlying concept, but the writing has some problems. I am rarely a fan of the multiple-perspective novel and this wasn't done especially well. Maybe as part of that, there wasn't good continuity. It was like starting over every chapter. Annoying repetitions of the same phrases (many straight from the first book) are frequently found ("swampy yarn" (whatever that is), "A glass jar, sample-size, no larger than a Ping-Pong ball, with th...
  • Carol Royce Owen
    1970-01-01
    Although Camp Atropos used to be a camp for Fair Children, it is now a camp for kids with special talents. If you have read Lisa Graff's earlier book, A Tangle of Knots, you know a talent is something you are really good at, better than anyone else. But you better watch out. There are those who would love to steal your talents, to make money off of them. So, while a camp for kids with special talents may seem innocent enough, the director has pla...
  • Chris Go
    1970-01-01
    There are a lot of key characters in this story, and many of them get to share their point of view. I think you may need to keep a pen and paper handy to try and keep things straight -- there are a lot of connections to follow.The writing in this book is beautiful and well crafted. There are many great descriptions. The author even manages to turn the sunset on the lake into a mocktail (recipe included if you would like to try for yourself -- per...
  • Holli
    1970-01-01
    2.5 starsI found this to confusing and can't even imagine a child trying to follow the logic. It really seemed as tho all the rules for talents was turned on it's ear and turned sideways. :\.We were dumped into each scene without a bit of a set up at first. I never felt as tho I was at camp and alongside each character during the journey. I think it needed strong editing. Maybe another 100 pages and clarification. I kept wondering whether chuck w...
  • Peg
    1970-01-01
    Lots of characters and a murky plot line led to a disappointing g read. Returning to her people having talents world, Graff focuses on 8 campers with sibling relationship issues and a somewhat villainous camp director, all struggling to be accepted and loved. Set in a summer camp, the kids are honing their skills for the end of camp Talent Show. A few characters from A Tangle of Knots reappear, mostly in the prologue and epilogue.
  • Jackie
    1970-01-01
    I'm always on the lookout for books to recommend or read with friends or my grandchildren. I just couldn't finish this one. Yes, I know it has received rave reviews. It just couldn't hold my interest. Too many characters to keep track of, with little help to keep them identified/differentiated. I should probably try to read one of the author's other books, and maybe I will. I had high hopes for this one. Sorry. It just didn't do it for me.
  • Niki Dhawan
    1970-01-01
    I liked this book. I liked the fact that it showed everyone's perspective because sometimes I don't understand the characters. Though I got confused sometimes because there were too many perspectives, characters, and talents. I don't think that this book is fantasy because it could happen but not likely. It was a good book.
  • Laura Phelps
    1970-01-01
    I am a big fan of Lisa Graff and her writing never lets me down. I found, though, that the many threads of this were really hard to follow and I couldn’t figure out if that was due to a somewhat murky nature of the story or if it was because I wasn’t remembering details that I should have from A Tangle of Knots.
  • Mary Pettit
    1970-01-01
    Disappointing sequel. I loved a Tangle of Knots and had such high hopes for this book. The characters were hard to follow and the plot developed slowly. I felt myself thinking about the next book I wanted to read. Sadly, I abandoned it.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    Almost, but not quite, as good as A Tangle of Knots.
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    The second book in a row I've read lately that sort of dwells in the "supernatural" and doesn't do it so well . . . Probably aimed toward older elementary students, the premise of this story is somewhat interesting: some children are born with a "talent" (we're not talking about run of the mill stuff like being good at soccer or playing the piano) that makes them very unique. But right away the premise gets a little strange as you find out some o...
  • Bridget
    1970-01-01
    Soooo I didn't know this was a companion novel, and I see a number of reviewers all: read Tangle of Knots first. But whatever, I didn't have any trouble getting into the world or understanding the rules of the talents, so I think it's fine to read this first. Or only. Because let's be real, I have a million things to read, so I'm probably never going back to the first one. Anyway, this was a wonderful look at siblings and decisions they make and...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    There is more going on that meets the eye at a summer camp for kids with extraordinary Talents. Now is the time for the campers to really show what they're made of (beyond just their talent) if they can manage to overcome the secrets and regrets that are holding them back.It's not a unique concept, but I will probably always be intrigued by stories about magical abilities. This is very much in the vein of Ingrid Law's Savvy, where Talents can ran...
  • Dale Safford
    1970-01-01
    What was the point of this book? The characters were uninteresting, and the whole premise was crazy. For some reason though, I read it. Hoping something meaningful was going to take place, I guess.Campers are gathered for the summer at Camp Atropos, special young people with Talents. Teh lake has old peanut butter jars which fill with Talents, and the camp director collects the jars as they wash ashore, evilly looking for the one Talent that will...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Lili has special talents. This summer, she, her brother and many other children are going to a special camp made for kids with talents. Everyone is special. Soon, the camp is close, memories are being swapped and they find themselves with different talents! Does this mean that the children become someone else or do they stay the same person and just with different talents However, what the kids do not know is that the camp director, Jo, is mimic...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This one was right up my alley--magical, but real. Kind of like a Sarah Addison Allen novel for kids. The magic is well known and a part of life-most people have a Talent. What's kind of fun is how bizarre some of them are. Things like "knowing the exact right cake to make for any occasion." I loved the different Talents and how they weren't all things like levitation and mind reading. I liked how it was all tied in to a prologue (which, upon che...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    You've never been to a summer camp talent show like this one. The campers all have singular talents - mindreading, telekinesis, talking to frogs... Never underestimate frogs! Short and summery, with a message about forgive-and-forget, especially between siblings, this book will have you looking for fireflies and longing for campfires. You will also be very thirsty because it includes recipes for delicious, frosty beverages like watermelon limeade...
  • Donna Dobihal Smith
    1970-01-01
    Although the premise is unique and the story moves along at a nice pace, it was difficult to distinguish between the characters except for Jo, the novel's antagonist, making it hard to follow. Perhaps reading it would be better than listening to the audio, as well as reading it after having read the first novel. There is enough intrigue evident that I would suggest giving that a go. Otherwise, pick another audio.
  • Jill Cd
    1970-01-01
    Since this was a companion book, I assumed I could read it and understand the plot with reading Tangle of Knots. Perhaps I should have read that first as this book was confusing if you didn’t have the backstory and it was not explained. I found the whole book fairly confusing as it was also told from multiple points of view. I gave it 3 stars because I finished it and I think some students would enjoy it. 3-4th grade and up
  • Rick Stuckwisch
    1970-01-01
    Really loving Lisa Graff and her great books. This one is a quirky, interesting sequel (of sorts) to A Tangle of Knots. Not quite as good as its predecessor, A Clatter of Jars is still clever and engaging. It's fun to savor the ways that Graff weaves the various characters into an intricate "tangle of knots." Thoughtful in its reflection on sibling relationships and the place of disappointments and apologies.
  • Abby
    1970-01-01
    If it were possible I'd give this another half star. I chose this audiobook for our family to listen to in the car, and it was a fun one. The writing is strong and I like the female reader, but it was a little confusing at times. There are so many characters that it's unfocused until the end when all their stories come together. The writing was whimsical and the magical elements hit the right notes. Ultimately a fun summer listen/read.
  • Karen Maurer
    1970-01-01
    Maybe 3 and a half stars? Cadence's appearance at the beginning of the book has very little to do with the story - except to tie it to "A Tangle of Knots". And the magical elements surrounding the Talents confused me. Still, this is a lovely look at relationships, accepting oneself and dealing with the needs of others.
  • Carrie Strine
    1970-01-01
    I really liked the idea of this book - having a Talent is an interesting for kids to consider. But I found that there were a lot of story lines and think that my current lot of students would find that challenging.FantasyKids each have a Talent - a special skill that is not always super importantTakes place at summer camp.