The Knot Impossible

Rufkin's Travels in Four Acts

From the Series Tales of Fontania

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Rufkin, a perpetual no-hoper, is left to work in a salvage yard while his celebrity parents and talented siblings go on a summer acting tour. At the salvage yard, Rufkin meets Nissy and a small boy who can only say “Help!” Soon they are caught up in a magical adventure. Bursting with humor and mystery, this is the spectacular conclusion to Barbara Else’s award-winning Tales of Fontania quartet.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 2016
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 328
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV001000, JUV068000, JUV013090
Dewey [Fic]
Lexile 600
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource


The Horn Book Guide

When Rufkin discovers a four-year-old marooned with a life-size puppet on a wrecked riverboat, he’s swept into oddball hijinks that cast him adrift on the Old Ocean, consorting with Queen Sibilla of Fontania and thwarting Madam Butterfly’s devious plot to enthrall the deep-dragon. The madcap events may leave readers more befuddled than is comfortable, but the fast-paced joie de vivre will win fans.

Author: Barbara Else

Barbara Else is the author of the award-winning children's novels The Traveling Restaurant, The Queen and the Nobody Boy, and The Volume of Possible Endings. Barbara lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Illustrator: Sam Broad

Sam Broad lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and is a printmaker, painter, and automatist.

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Tales of Fontania

The books in the award-winning Tales of Fontania series are riveting, stand-alone adventure stories for middle school readers. They combine fantasy, steampunk, adventure, science, bravery, and magic. Each book features extraordinary children, challenging journeys,… View available downloads →