How could someone be "normal" when they were left on a doorstep as an infant by a mother who left town on a tractor? Probably not any more normal than...moreHow could someone be "normal" when they were left on a doorstep as an infant by a mother who left town on a tractor? Probably not any more normal than being a teenager and dumped on the same doorstep by a drunk father. But normal is what two boys, Diggy and Wayne, try to figure out while getting two steers ready for the Minnesota State Fair. It's not an easy task when these boys are confronted with their past and what they're future might be.
This is a great book for boys who love animals and pranks. Rebecca Petruck even gives away the directions to three of the pranks read about in the book. Also a great read for someone who may be feeling alone or let down by a parent. (less)
"It's sort of tragic we can't remember the earliest of the early years. I feel as if these memories could be the key to the whole "Who a...moreFavorite lines:
"It's sort of tragic we can't remember the earliest of the early years. I feel as if these memories could be the key to the whole "Who am I?" question.p.15
A leader gets everyone to shoot in the same direction.p.69
A leader organizes people whether they know it or not.p. 117
I will see only what I want to see. It's possible that's how people get through crisis. The world where we live is so much in our head.p. 237
Sadhu Kumar is sort of an angry guy. I think he might have a lot of disappoinment in his life. It can turn a person bitter. I wonder if that's happening to me. Nothing's worse than a sour kid. You should leave that for later. When you are old, and it hurts just to get up from a chair, you have a reason to have a permanently pinched face. p. 252
Connectedness. One thing leads to another. Often in unexpected ways.p. 307(less)
I read a couple of reviews before reading Breadcrumbs, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, like sophisticat...moreUh... I don't get it.
I read a couple of reviews before reading Breadcrumbs, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, like sophisticated writing, real-life struggles for middle graders, and even some fantasy. Well, it's all in there, but seriously, I don't get it.
The two halves of the book do not fit. I mean there is no overlap. One half is all contemporary fiction and the other fantasy. How do the two worlds work together? Were Jack's parents under a spell? Because I don't understand how they could (in the contemporary fiction world) claim Jack was with an Aunt. They should be arrested. And who is Hazel? Her character seems too amorphous making her difficult to connect with. And it wasn't just Hazel, all the characters were difficult to relate to. The narrator spends more time making "sophisticated" comments about everything, then providing character insight, no real umpft, to make me know whether Jack and Hazel were really friends who grew apart as friends do, or if it really was because of a piece of glass.
Ursu made many references to other children's lit, and some I knew, others I didn't, so I felt a little left out of her club, and a little snubbed. A couple times I even felt like giving up on this book and picking up one of the books Hazel liked, because this one was not drawing me in.
Hazel is in fifth grade, so I assume the book is written for that age, but honestly, the language almost felt pretentious at times (like, hey look at these awesome words I know how to use. Do you, fifth grader, know what they mean? I didn't think so. Look them up.) I can't see a lot of fifth graders staying engaged.
Would I recommend this book? Uh... mmm...gosh...yeah, but it would probably be with a "this wasn't one of my favorites, but I know other people like it."
Will I read other books by this author? Uh...mmm...no? (less)
"These obstacles in life," she said slowly, "they're all good." I turned my head and stared at her. "They are?" "Sure they are." Silence. "U...moreFavorite lines:
"These obstacles in life," she said slowly, "they're all good." I turned my head and stared at her. "They are?" "Sure they are." Silence. "Um. How are they good?" "Well, just think about all the knots you dealt with today," she replied as she nodded her head. "Now the next time you have a problem, it will be easier to figure out and solve" I guess that was one way of looking at it.(less)
I found this book difficult to engage with. I know the narrator was supposed to be helpful, warning when the really gruesome parts were coming, but I...moreI found this book difficult to engage with. I know the narrator was supposed to be helpful, warning when the really gruesome parts were coming, but I just thought it was distracting. The narrator did offer some sage advice. (You'll just have to read for yourself). My other issue is the lack of depth the characters had. This is partly due to the writing style. Line after line of action, which I love action, but I also want to feel connected to the characters. Oh well. It was okay. I would suggest it to kids (4th-5th?), mostly for my own curiosity to see what they would think about it. (less)
I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. Teens or adults? The author performs such an amazing feat of capturing high school that several times...moreI'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. Teens or adults? The author performs such an amazing feat of capturing high school that several times I was catapulted back into my own school. A crazy trip for any adult!
When a teen finishes this book will they be able to look at their peers differently and see a life behind appearances, or does that take time and experience which typically comes with age? I guess either way it doesn't matter. It's such a good 'love/hate' book I'll recommend it to anyone.(less)