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And here’s the latest from School Library Journal —
BLUBAUGH, Penny. Serendipity Market. 268p. CIP. HarperCollins/Laura Geringer Bks. 2009. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-146875-9; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-146876-6. LC 2008010187.
Gr 6–9—Mama Inez and her dog live “in a house at the end of the world.” Realizing that things are “out of tilt,” they send out 10 invitations to the far corners of the Earth, asking the recipients to participate in the Serendipity Market—a gathering in which they each tell a story and bring a talisman so that the world’s “spin” can be brought back into balance. Nine folks come, and the bulk of the book is made up of their stories. When the group has finished, the world is set right again, and the participants return to their homes, richer for the experiences they’ve shared. Blubaugh’s first novel is a fantasy that interweaves the magical powers of Mama Inez with the stories of familiar folk- and fairy-tale characters. “The Colors of Lightning,” the story of Slew Foot Sue and Pecos Bill; “Carter House,” a version of the Scottish “Tam Lin”; and “Conversions,” a typical Celtic tale of the love between a human and a merman, are kept basically intact. “The Lizard’s Tale” reveals Cinderella’s story according to the lizard who reluctantly becomes her coachman, and in “Lost,” the elves explain why they helped the poor shoemaker and his wife. Other stories add surprising twists to traditional tales. While the beginning of the book is rather hard to follow, the tales themselves move at a good pace, and the protagonists are three-dimensional versions of their well-known counterparts. A good choice for collections in which fairy-tale retellings are popular.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI