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Breadcrumb Trail

(The Yellow Hoods #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  53 reviews
In an act of desperation, inventor Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to secretly deliver plans for his completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the Fare, the nefarious secret society, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize Klaus on their path to reclaiming long-lost cont ...more
Paperback, 1, 335 pages
Published September 18th 2014 by ADZO Publishing (first published August 21st 2014)
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Rae King
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, r2r, 2015
4.5 stars
Breadcrumb trail, the second book in the yellow hoods series brought in intriguing new characters, a wider setting, and a juicier plot. As with the first book, this novel incorporates many important themes for children and adults alike. Adam Dreece's fantastic, clever writing continues to draw me in, and the many subplots woven together kept the suspense and intrigue high.

This novel picks up a few months after the first, and the Yellow Hoods show subtle, natural character development. I
Niko Staten
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Book one of the Yellow Hoods series was fun and light with a few dark touches sprinkled in for good measure. It was brilliant, an excellent introduction to the emergent-steampunk world that Tee and her friends inhabit.

Breadcrumb Trail, the second book in the series, is a fast-paced roller-coaster of fun and feels.

Not only was this story immensely clever, fun, and adventurous, but there were also deeply emotional elements that tugged tightly at my ever-thinning heart-strings.

Author Adam Dreece
Angela Caldwell
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Adam Dreece, for sharing your stories with the world. In book two The Yellow Hoods are no longer kids in the wrong place. They are kids in the middle of a dangerous war between inventors. Adam twists familiar fairy tales together with metal gears and tops it off with steam. This is a series readers will stick with and beg for more. When you finish book two you're going to want to go back and read it again.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great book in this series from Adam! Once again, I enjoyed the Yellow Hoods and the other characters who were in the first book. The new characters added a lot and I loved the new villains. The new inventions were great fun, as well, and there were some great and unexpected plot twists. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book.

Bill Tillman
Night and day difference between book 1 & 2. Two has more twists and turns that an alpine road (that means a lot of switchback). This has become one great exciting series. Can't wait to start on the next one. ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
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The Yellow Hoods is a rare example of a series where the second book is somehow even better than the first. I really enjoyed Along Came a Wolf, so I was delighted to find that I loved the sequel even more! The first book lay the necessary foundation for this series, introducing readers to the characters and establishing the steampunk fantasy world. With these elements setup in book one, the story was free to take off in full force in this exciting
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friends-books
This series is going places.

There are plenty of writers out there who take familiar concepts and twist them around with lots of imagination and make them into something new. Sometimes those books turn out to be a hot mess. This is not one of those series.

I liked the first book of The Yellow Hoods quite a bit, but this second novel takes things in an interesting direction. It suffers from none of the same maladies that often afflict the second books in a series. The story is cohesive within the n
Rachel Speakes
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in Adam Drecce’s The Yellow Hoods series. You can read my review of the first book, Along Came A Wolf here. After the adventures of the first book Richy, Tee, and Elly have continued their adventures as the Yellow Hoods, and have grown a lot in the process. When kids go missing in the woods, the Yellow Hoods join to help find them, but they find more during their search than just children. What they don’t know is that one of Nikolas’ friends, another inventor, has sent hi ...more
C.L. Schneider
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 of The Yellow Hoods, but book 2 is even better. The author has intensified every aspect of this captivating series, taking it down a darker tension-filled path whose conclusion leaves the lives of more than one character irrevocably changed. There is plenty of action and intrigue as Tee, Elly, Richy and the gang, grow and mature, dealing with a greater sense of danger and tragedy than ever before. Yet, despite the threatening situations the characte ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is where things start to really pick up. Tee, Elly, and Richy are joined by a steadily increasing number of characters as Dreece weaves several parallel plot lines; chapters on missing children in the previously peaceful town of Mineau tag team with secret societies plotting to steal steam engine plans in a universe where inventing has been outlawed. If you had a tough time putting down Along Came a Wolf, clear your calendar when you start Breadcrumb Trail. You can put it down if you really ...more
Chris W. Rea
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Disclosure: I'm one of the editors of this book.) Breadcrumb Trail is even more action-packed than book 1, and the characters we know and love are all back. We learn more about their past, which I especially enjoyed. There are also new characters to like, and a few to dislike. While reading their stories, I experienced a gamut of emotions including sorrow, amazement, shock, relief, and disgust. Once, I was so annoyed by a character's behavior that I wanted to reach into the book and yell some s ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Not kindle unlimited, got the trilogy {plus} set by whining at the writer that he wasn't on ku, sometimes that works, but only bother to do it if really want to read the book{s}.

Do you remember any of the fairy tales or nursery rhymes you heard when you were little? How about Rub-a-dub-dub, Simple Simon, Chicken Little, Humpty Dumpty, or Santa Clause, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, or Alice in Wonderland? Want or need your
Shawn Bird
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun continuation of the Yellow Hoods series.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This actually has 4 1/2 stars. The first half was a little disjointed and slow but the second half MORE than made up for it.

The Red Hoods were interesting. And I'm still curious about the hood maker (who wears a beige hood). But All the characters, including the new ones were very interesting.
D. Emery Bunn
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two months ago, I read (and reviewed) Adam Dreece's first Yellow Hoods book, Along Came a Wolf. Given my opinion of the series' beginning, I'm going to frame this review in terms of what it did better or worse than its predecessor. Especially since while the book can be jumped into with zero previous knowledge, I don't suggest it. It's worth reading both.


The titular Yellow Hoods get fantastic development, both filling in the gap between the two books and building them up in unique ways
Maria Carvalho
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a rare thing to find a book that is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and rarer yet to find a book that both I and my 10-year old son can both enjoy immensely. Adam Dreece’s ‘Breadcrumb Trail’ is just such a book, and is an extraordinarily surprising treat. I was drawn right into this story from the first page. The story is set in the distant past, where kingdoms are in a state of upheaval as two rival secret societies with differing visions for the future plot against each other. Intr ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, fantasy
The Yellow Hoods - Books 1-5

This clever mix of fairytales and steampunk is a wonderful and original, fast-paced series. Delightful for young(ish) readers and adults, albeit on different levels.

I spent the best part of two weeks in the company of Tee, her friends and family, and their rivals, and enjoyed every minute of it.

The plot and the sub-plots weave back and forth seamlessly, making an entertaining and riveting read that’s hard to put down. (How the author kept everything straight while wr
EJ Roberts
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of Adam Dreece’s The Yellow Hoods series. One thing to note about this series is they must be read in order. None of these can stand alone or you will find yourself confused by the characters that populate this fun series.

The fairy tales continue to come to life in this wonderfully crafted tale. This book is longer than Along Came a Wolf, but it needed it. Not only are the original cast of characters present, but we’re introduced to a whole slew of new people. As a matter
Jason Cantrell
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I just finished reading Breadcrumb Trail, the second book of The Yellow Hoods by Adam Dreece. It was a fun story, with entertaining characters, and some pretty interesting steampunk-style gadgets and inventions along the way.

The story centers around a group of young teens who call themselves "The Yellow Hoods." They're all bright, resourceful kids who can handle themselves in a fight, racing through the woods on sail-powered carts and using electric shock sticks to duel against sword-wielding s
Jessica Alter
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
In this second installment of the Yellow Hoods series by author Adam Dreece, Breadcrumb Trail expands Dreece’s emergent steampunk world in extraordinary ways. While Breadcrumb Trail is a grittier tale than Along Came a Wolf, all of the elements in the Yellow Hoods series mature with its readership. The stakes rise for Tee and her friends and family, the plot is more intense, and Dreece’s storycraft keeps up with it all.

As a sequel, Breadcrumb Trail is a powerhouse of young adult fiction, with Al
Edward Kane
The first book was such a joy to read and I expected more of the same from this one. I was wrong. It's not a bad book by any means, if it was I would have put it down and never finished it. It is whimsical and enchanting to read but it is also bloated. This is a crowded elevator and the trip is too short. There's not enough time to really get to know anyone. I found myself having to flip back because I couldn't remember who was who. The Marcus and Maxwell characters were the most confusing due t ...more
M.W. Griffith
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Legend Continues

Here is the riveting follow up to Adam Dreece's captivating fantasy adventure, Along Came A Wolf. Join Tee and the rest of The Yellow Hoods as they struggle to overcome new adversaries, and come face to face with an old evil known as The Fare.
The stakes have never been higher for The Yellow Hoods, and it will take more than a few lala moments to untangle the forces lining against them.
Adam Dreece pulls you into a story filled with intrigue and action, while still maintaining
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often (actually, very, very rarely) I feel the need to put aside my standard reading fare and pick something else up. Adam Dreece's The Yellow Hoods was just such thing.

I wish I could say something profound about the book that hasn't already been said (and in such a way that it was even a 10th as well-written).

This is a damned fine story. The way that Adam has incorporated the fairy tales we grew up with into "real life" is just amazing. And not just fairy tales this time, but some othe
Victoria Simcox
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The despicable, secret society, the Fare, have word chief inventor Nikolas Klaus’s exclusive innovations are on course to succeed. Maxwell Watt is worried, and so delegates his son to smuggle the finished steam engine to Klaus. The society has caught on, and they hurry with their plot to counteract and regain power of the kingdoms. There are more sinister situations at hand. Children have disappeared. Can Richy, Tee, Elly, known as the Yellow Hoods, find them before something terrible happens? T ...more
Joseph Jeffery
Spoilers for Book 1 of the Yellow Hoods: Along Came a Wolf
Significantly darker than the first Yellow Hoods book (think Empire Strikes back vs New Hope) the plot of this book is at once more global and yet never loses its focus on the small town band of heroes.
The twists on fairy tales become more elaborate as well. In the first book the overall plot hewed close to a Little Red Riding Hood / Three Little Pigs mash up. This time Adam Dreece seems more willing to play with the formula. As a result
Cleo deLancey
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Genre: YA Steampunk
This is book 2, Breadcrumb Trail, and is more packed with action than the first. It follows the continuing adventures of Tee, Ellie and Richie. We learn much more of Richie’s background and see all three growing bolder and more knowledgeable. We are introduced to some new characters and more fleshed out older ones.
Plans for the steam engine and other inventions either falls prey to the wrong hands or are in a tight battle to keep them safe. Good guys and Bad guys aplenty and s
Dawn Hebert
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about Breadcrumb Trail? I have read 4 out of 5 of his works so far, and this one is my favorite.
It brings all my childhood nursery rhymes and fairy tails, to a whole new light.
The darker side of the story from book 1, Breadcrumb Trail definitely had people on city transit staring at me, as I laughed, swore, and cried my way through this book.

While his books aren't lengthy, and are quick reads, I found myself attached the characters far faster than any book I have read. My mom an
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
And so the plot thickens!
Dreece has once again pulled the reader into a world full of characters worth remembering and inventions worth discovering. New and old characters, perfectly balanced, build a fantastical tale that both children and adults will find room in their hearts to adore. Folktales are woven and spun into an artful tapestry that leave the reader desperate for the third book. Let the plot sweep over you once again as the Breadcrumb Trail leads you into the heart of the forest...bu
Kate Savage
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Yellow Hoods is a great read. the characters are wonderfully endearing and I love all the science. The whole series is a charming hodge podge of classical and mechanical, although I must say that I was very relieved to find out there would be a fourth book (Beauties of the Beast) because All the King's-Men was confusing as heck. I mean I loved it, it was an engaging read with magnificent characters and lovely moments, and all the individual scenes made sense, but I have no idea what was goin ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked where he was going with this. I just had to keep reminding myself that some of the jokes were geared towards a much younger audience, as this is very much on the juvenile side of YA - definitely no Hunger Games! But I constantly kept exclaiming "I can't wait to have kids because I think my 7 year old will love this!", which must mean good things. It was also like a junior version of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, which is one of my favourites , so bravo! Well done. W ...more
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In 2014, I stopped my "hopefully one day" dream of becoming an author, stopped doing nothing with my writing, and kicked off my indie author life. Twenty-five years of doing nothing with my writing was enough, and after two medical events, I was filled with drive to change my life.

I've written the much loved young adult series, The Yellow Hoods, a world where steampunk and fairy tale meet.

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