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 on...more
This lovely story, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, unfolds slowly and beautifully. As an adult who still reads or rereads a lot of children’s books and an avid lover of fai...more
I was very interested in the ways that Breadcrumbs is about identity; who we are, how we get lost, and how we get found. Jack is made of castles, fairy tales, books…but, in his pain, he has hidden himself away to avoid pain, and he has lost himself. he has troubl...more
when this book comes out, i guarantee it will win all the awards and land itself on all the school reading lists. this book couches some pretty devastating life lessons in an alternate realm of dangerous magical fantasy, but it does so without ever once being cutesy.
hazel and jack have been neighbors and best friends forever. hazel was adopted from india as a baby by white american parents who have since separated, jack is the son of a woman who has retreated into this...more
But now, darn it, I’m reviewing the book for real, so it can go on to the next person who wants to rea...more
Using this tale, Anne Ursu crafts a lovely retelling from the perspective of a girl, right on the cusp of adolescence. Hazel is a fifth grader struggli...more
I really enjoyed the fairytale atmosphere that Ursu gave this book, but in the end, I couldn't help but notice that everything happened too quickly, and that none of the magic seemed real enough (which is an oxymoron, I know). There just wasn't enough to make the world truly come alive, though it did have the light, strange quality that I associate with fairytales. Also, there were points when Ursu would switch to the present tense, and those bothered me because they were...more
And unlike many books, it delivers on that promise.
Hazel and Jack are best friends, the kind who, despite their youth, have weathered bitter hardships. Jack's mother tumbles into the darkness of depression; Hazel's father abandons his family for a new life. But the two friends have used the strength of their mutual affection to buoy...more
Wow! I loved it! Beautifully written, continual references to other books and fairy-tales, based on the Snow Queen with a sly nod to its original author (Hazel is Hazel Anderson, and there is a reference to other Andersons) -- what's...more
I was enchanted with this book from the opening pages when the descriptive language grabbed me! I could close my eyes and picture exactly what Anne Ursu was describing. Ursu also alludes to so many great novels and fairy tales throughout Breadcrumbs such as When you Reach Me, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter, and The Little Match Girl on top of the main inpsiration for the story: The Snow Queen. Though I am not familiar with The Snow Que...more
[Nope, as it turned out, all I had to do was sound really melodramatic and um...intense...Oh, boy.]
I mean, really, I don't know that I have a single bad thing to say about this book. I loved reading it for the beauty of the storytelling and for the way it made me feel, and I respected it for the same reasons as well as one very important one: Anne Ursu respects her audience.
It is very, very rare to find an au...more
The plot is an extended reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," set partly in modern-day Minnesota, and partly in The Woods, one of the most unfriendly landscapes in children's fantasy. Fifth-grader Hazel Anderson's best friend Jack is missing, and she takes it upon herself to find and rescue him, even in the face of mounting evidence that he may n...more
This book kept reminding me of all the thoughtful and beautifully written children's books I've read, like When You Reach Me or The Chronicles of Narnia. (In fact, Ursu has clever references to great children's books scattered throughout. Some are obvious, an...more
Breadcrumbs managed to bring out the memories of my childhood like no other book before. This modern day retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen is an homage to all the wonderful stories of my childhood and some that captured...more
Ok, I've finished this awesome audio book. This is a tale that is hard not to relate too. Being almost 70 I remembered back to the time I was 11 and in 5th grade. The struggles you go through, the daydreams you have. The...more
The story is...more
2.5 stars Explanation of rating system: Star Rating Key
I'm back in my secret bunker
Why? Because I didn't really like Breadcrumbs. To say my expectations were high is an understatement. I love fairy tale retellings, the cover is beautiful, and a friend even mailed me her copy to read (after she loved it). People are even talking Newbery!
I have a lot to hide from.
I am the wrong reader for this book
Yes, Breadcrumbs is a fairy tale retelling, but it is also a conte...more
It's a hefty 312 pages, substantial for middle grade, but I flew through the mythic Part II. I loved the morph from reality into fantasy and the clues we received along the way that reappeared in Part II. Anne Ursu's writi...more
What an exceptionally endearing and heartfelt story that teaches people of all ages that the choices we make are ours alone and the value of friendship and doing what we know is and feels right. It takes us on an abiding journey of losing oneself and having people who truly care and love you, fl...more
More over, the title alone hinted at some sort of mysterious journey involving clues both on the going and returning of a trip (t...more
It is very hard to write a normal book (how we live nowadays) and slip magic or fairy tales through the pages. Bravo to the author for succeeding. Unlike Greener Grass, the author somehow got it all to fit perfectly. I loved the special attention she payed...more
The novel is divided in two parts, with the first chronicling how Jack sudde...more
After finishing the book, I do understand why it's not, and agree that it shouldn't be. But that in no way diminishes my appreciation of the language...more
Anne is also the author of the Cronus Chronicles (Atheneum), a...more