Tuesday McGillycuddy hopes that her mother has finally finished the very last Vivienne Small book. But when Tuesday gets home, her mother is gone. The attic window is open and a small box with silver words "The End" sits on the table next to her mother's typewriter.
Denis, Tuesday's father, doesn't seem concerned. But Tuesday is afraid her mother is lost somewhere out there in the night air. She sits at the typewriter and types out the beginning of a story about a girl who lost her mother. The next thing she knows, Tuesday is in a magical library which leads to the land of Vivienne Small, the Peppermint Forest and the evil pirate Mothwood. Tuesday is sure she will find her mother here.
Davis' setting reminds me of Never Never Land. There is a sweet quality to the forest, the treehouse and even to Vivienne and Tuesday - to say nothing of shaggy dog, Baxterr. Do NOT be fooled. The adventure is not saccharine at all. As soon as we meet Vivienne, she is shooting arrows and throwing knives and felling pirates left and right. The sweetness helps as the action switches back and forth from Vivienne's land of imagination and Tuesday's home where her mother - now returned - must find a way to bring Tuesday back.
The book pays homage to the imagination required to create a new world and a story from start to finish. Other authors gather in the magical library to find food for thought and inspiration. The librarian forces Tuesday to finish what she has begun.
Although this is an action-packed fantasy-light with a super hero and a noxious villain, anyone who has written or tried to write a story will love Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks. And Baxterr - who is an awesome dog of hidden talents.