Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

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The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale.

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 in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a stunningly original fairy tale of modern-day America, a dazzling ode to the power of fantasy, and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us.

In Breadcrumbs, Anne Ursu tells, in her one-of-a-kind voice, a story that brings together fifty years of children's literature in a tale as modern as it is timeless. Hazel's journey to come to terms with her evolving friendship with Jack will deeply resonate with young readers.

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About Anne Ursu

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Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, an IndieBound Indie Next List pick, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, and a featured selection for NPR's Backseat Book Club, in addition to earning four starred reviews. She is also the author of the Cronus Chronicles trilogy: The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire; in addition to two well-received adult books, Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation Of James. Anne is a professor of writing for children at Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and three cats.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Walden Pond Press. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Because, idiotically, even though I know that gajillions of other people have read many of the same books I have, I am both thrilled and mildly astonished when I see that the author of the very book that I am reading knows and clearly loves books that I know and love.

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In this contemporary version of The Snow Queen, fifth-grader Hazel embarks on a memorable journey into the Minnesota woods to find her best friend Jack, who vanishes after a shard of glass pierces his eye.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Ursu's new spin on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Snow Queen," youngsters Jack and Hazel are the best of friends until their unique bond is broken by dark magic, and Jack disappears with a mysterious woman who lives in the woods.

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Publishers Weekly

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The creepy fantasyland that Hazel traverses uses bits from other Andersen tales to create a story that, though melancholy, is beautifully written and wholly original.

Aug 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Breadcrumbs

Examiner

However, as Jack is forced to face family issues, the two friends drift apart and things really take a turn when Jack disappears into the wintry woods, lured by a mysterious woman made of ice.

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Examiner

It's totally from Hazel's point of view, although it's a third person narrator with lots of comments about the action and Hazel's motives.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Breadcrumbs

New York Journal of Books

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Showing herself to be a true friend, Hazel decides to save Jack, whether he wants to be saved or not.

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Common Sense Media

With her life as it stands, it is no wonder Hazel decides to rescue Jack when he gets kidnapped by the Snow Queen, even though Jack has changed and he knows their friendship will too.

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Common Sense Media

To throw in a SPOILER WHICH YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ IF YOU INTEND TO READ THE BOOK ANYWAY, the issues with the boy's family are never resolved, and though the boy and girl become friends again, there's no sense of a new understanding between them that would make what they've gone through seem wo...

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Common Sense Media

With her life as it stands, it is no wonder Hazel decides to rescue Jack when he gets kidnapped by the Snow Queen, even though Jack has changed and he knows their friendship will too.

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Common Sense Media

When one of the boys tells Hazel he saw Jack ride into the woods on a wolf-drawn sled with a silver woman made of snow, Hazel realizes only she can rescue Jack.

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Bookalicious

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.

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Alice Marvels

A fairy tale for kids…..or the whimsical adult Hazel has trouble fitting in, because she stands out at her new school in EVERY way.

Oct 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Breadcrumbs

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