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Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
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Twelve-year-old Rebecca was upset. Her mother had suddenly packed up Rebecca and her little brother and had driven all the way to Atlanta, leaving her father alone in Baltimore. Her mother said moving in with Gran was temporary, but then she enrolled Rebecca in school, so it felt more permanent.

While wandering in Gran's attic, Rebecca found an old bread box that could give her anything she asked for, as long as it fit inside the box. Rebecca discovered that she loved being the girl with the latest clothes, with plenty of snacks and things to give away to her friends. But no matter how many ways she asked, the box could never give her the one thing she really wanted -- a way to get her parents back together again.

Unfortunately, the temptation to keep asking for better and better stuff from the box got Rebecca into trouble -- serious trouble. And what was she going to do with the closets and drawers full of expensive stuff that she hadn't bought?

While the desire to have more and better free stuff is understandable, I was not pleased with how Rebecca dealt with her problems. Once she was in trouble, there were better solutions than some of the things Rebecca chose to do. Overall, the story left me uncomfortable, even though the problems were somewhat resolved.
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