My nine-year-old self is still feeling magically entranced by this book and its characters. Even as an adult, I felt myself being pulled into this story and entering the world of Camp Atropos, a camp for kids with “Talents”. If you’ve read A Tangle of Knots, then you will recognize this term, but if not, then you will be delighted to know that a Talent is basically a special ability that is heavily laced with something that seems like magic. No one ever comes out and says a word about magic, but it is obvious that the abilities these kids hold are not something you would come across in your typical child.
The cover of this book hints at several things. I won’t give anything away, but jars do play quite a big part in this book–probably one of my favorite subjects to talk about in this book would be the jars. Once you read the book, you’ll find out why.
Personally, I liked A Tangle of Knots better than this second book. I think there was more of a solid story behind the first book, but more of a mystery in this one. A Clatter of Jars is such a fun book, one that I think every child and adult should read. It has everything a good book should: a bit of magic, some mystery, some mischievous characters, and characters that feel like best friends.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Philomel
Violence/Gore: A group of minors is out on a lake in boats and the boats capsize, all kids arrive safely on shore; a bunch of glass containers explode and shards go flying, no injuries.
Mature Subject Matter:
Loss of a loved one, magic.
Alcohol / Drug Use: