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Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Book Review: Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu


Synopsis (from Goodreads):  
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," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

My Thoughts:  Hazel was adopted as a baby from India and now her parents are separated.  She is attending a new school and has only one friend, Jack.  Jack's mom suffers from depression and Jack feels guilty for this.  Jack and Hazel are close and to escape from their harsh realities they make up fun fantasy worlds. 

However, Jack suddenly changes and distances himself from Hazel and Hazel can't understand why.  She won't accept her mother's explanation that sometimes these things just happen and sometimes people just grow apart, especially after Jack disappears. 

Hazel follows Jack to the land of between and finds him in the Ice Queen's frozen castle.  Now Hazel just has to save Jack!

I loved how Hazel was so brave and smart!  She was an avid reader and of course, I thought that was awesome too!  She was a fun character and I liked how she believed in her fantasies even if it meant that she was "weird".

Hazel encountered a lot of fairy tale characters and creatures.  She ends up in a flower garden where the flowers talk (Alice in Wonderland), the fate sisters and of course lots of wolves.  Her adventure in Between was a lot like Alice's adventure in Wonderland and I thoroughly enjoyed that! 

I really enjoyed this book and I think I will certainly go out and buy it to read to my kids.  It was so good that I finished it in 2 days and I loved every minute of it!  The only complaint I had was that the ending seemed slightly rushed.  Other than that, I thought it was awesome!

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