Saturday, November 12, 2011

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. 

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel. 

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbsis a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

Publisher: HarperCollins
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Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 12
Breadcrumbs is a very creative book aimed at audiences ages 12 and up. There is a bit of fantasy but a darker undertone. The Snow Queen, the story that the book is based on, is intertwined with current day problems and situations. There is a deeper meaning for older kids and a good fantasy for younger ones. If you love modern day fairytales you’ll love this book.

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Happy reading!
Dee Dee, age 12

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