The Knot Impossible
Rufkin's Travels in Four Acts
From the Series Tales of Fontania
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Number of Pages||328|
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 →