Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks is a cute juvenile fantasy with elements of metafiction.
family seems ordinary to most observers, but that's because they don't
know the truth: Tuesday's mother is the world-famous novelist
Serendipity Smith. Tuesday loves her mom's stories, but her favorite
times are when her mom is not writing and the family can enjoy time
together. On the evening of the last day of school, Tuesday enters her
mother's writing room, hoping to find that her mother has finished her
book and family vacation can commence. Instead, Tuesday finds her mother
missing, with only a mysterious thread and an open window as clues to
her whereabouts. Following the thread, Tuesday finds herself in the
world of story, where she's convinced her mother is being held hostage
by the villain of her books. Can Tuesday rescue her mother, or will her
efforts ruin the story and trap both of them there for good?
liked this story well enough while reading it, though it has a few
weaknesses in writing and plot. I think kids in grades 3-6 will really
enjoy this story, though I probably wouldn't recommend it to most adult
readers -- if you like the premise, try a different series about a woman
named for a day of the week: Thursday Next.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)