Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spooktacular Sunday: An Early Review for Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

As part of our new feature showcasing books with bite for all ages, I bring to you a wonderful title for the 9-12 age group. I'd classify this as a re-imagined fairy tale in some ways and the lessons are timeless. I hope you enjoy Breadcrumbs as much as we did.

Book Description:

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it’s up to Hazel to go after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” BREADCRUMBS is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.


Hazel doesn’t fit in at her new school. She is strange and the kids don’t like her. But she is so lucky because her best friend Jack goes to school with her. He is the only thing that makes school okay for her.  Hazel and Jack live next door to each other and have always been best friends.  But one day Jack stops talking to Hazel and is very mean to her at school and won’t play with her after school. Hazel does not know what to think or do. But when Jack disappears for good Hazel knows something is not right, and then Tyler (a boy from their school) tells Hazel he knows something. This something is hard for Hazel to believe even though she has quite an imagination. Tyler tells her that Jack was taken by a woman who looked like ice. Hazel now must set off on a quest to find her best friend and bring him back.  Her adventure leads her into the magical woods where there are woodsman, witches, wolves, lost children turned to flowers, and strange potions. Will Hazel be able to save her best friend Jack from the Snow Queen or will it be too late for him?

This was a fantastic book filled with adventure, magic, and suspense. It taught that if you have a best friend that is in trouble you should do whatever you can to help them. It also taught the lesson that no matter what you must stay true to your path and not look away and be caught by something unexpected. This story would be great for any age, young children would enjoy hearing it read to them and older children would love the story. I truly loved this book!

*This book was reviewed by Jenny O. for Bite Club
*The FCC requires me to tell you how I obtained this book, so you should know that I won it in a contest from the fabulous blog called There's a Book.

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