A Tangle of Knots is one of my all-time favorite books. You can check out a picture of me reading it below. I'm also attaching the Common Core discussion guide for all of Lisa Graff's fantastic novels below. But sometimes you and your students crave fun. So, here's an activity with fun in mind.
Activity Name: A Classroom of Cakes
Activity Description: The protagonist, Cady, has a Talent for cake baking and is able to create cakes that highlight the personalities of the special people in her life-pretty cool. Ask each one of your students to write a paragraph about which kind of cake encompasses their personality and why. Then, have them find a recipe on the internet and tweak it if necessary to include that extra special ingredient. Extra credit for students who bake the cake at home and bring in a slice for the teacher! ;-).
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.