A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks is the second in an adorable middle grade series about the world writers escape to for inspiration for their books and a young girl just learning how to be a writer. I adored Finding Serendipity, and am happy to report this sequel goes back to the fun parts of the first book while greatly adding to the world and plot. This is definitely a must-read series for middle grade fantasy fans!
Note: I received an advanced copy of A Week Without Tuesday from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks, Stevie Lewis (Tuesday McGillycuddy #2)
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on Feb. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 384 pages
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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?
- The adventure in A Week Without Tuesday is completely new and doesn’t really rely on reading book one, so you could easily jump in here. I wasn’t really sure how something unique could happen in the land of stories after the events of book one, but I’m so glad to be surprised because wow is there a lot more going on in this world than I thought!
- The descriptions and illustrations of the different story worlds are so beautiful and are sure to enchant young readers. I can’t get over how fascinating of an idea this book introduces and then add to that how lovely it is brought to life and you have a winner.
- If you were a fan of classic fantasy growing up, there are a number of cameos for you to enjoy. That’s the perk of going into the worlds created by writers after all, all our favorite places are there!
- Despite this being a middle grade story, there is real tension about what choices Tuesday will make and how things will turn out. I couldn’t have told you how things were going to sort out in the middle and I think that that is a marker of a good middle grade story.
- The illustrations in this series continue to be lovely. I really enjoy the style of just sprinkling appropriate illustrations here and there to enhance the story and this series does that quite well.
- Too often in children’s stories the adults get completely forgotten. Therefore, it was cool for some of the chapters to actually be from Tuesday’s parents’ perspectives as they tried to navigate their own subplots. I think it’s valuable for kids to get a chance to see the world from their parents’ eyes now and again ;-).
- Along with that tension I mention above, secondary characters do actually die and are put in pretty significant danger, so young readers will need to be able to handle that. I was a bit surprised at how cavalierly some of the less good characters are gotten out of the way to be honest.
- A Week Without Tuesday ended up feeling a bit like two books in one since there is one major plot that is mostly resolved and then a second major plot crops up. I think they could have been split into two books, but it still worked all right.
A Week Without Tuesday is another wonderful middle grade fantasy from the writing team that is Angelica Banks. Any young reader who dreams of being a writer absolutely needs this series and even not-so-young readers have a lot they can enjoy in this story :).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks
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