Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $ ISBN: Read Common Sense Media’s Breadcrumbs review, age rating, and parents Anne Ursu · Fantasy; Breadcrumbs was, quite simply, a beautiful book. Book Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Posted on October 4, Title: Breadcrumbs. Written by Anne Ursu Illustrations by Erin McGuire. Genre: Fantasy .

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I do wish, however, that this fairy tale had trusted in its own merits—and those of its valiant little heroine—a little more. Beautiful review of a marvelous middle grade novel!

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Everyone and everything is genuinely presented either to be against her or for her use. I feel the cover is cheap looking – it doesn’t say “quality writing found here.

A boy and girl are friends. I just kept imagining how cold everyone around her must be. Apr 12, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: His concern for both his mother and Hazel all but disappears, though, when the shard of a magical mirror pierces and hardens his heart.

Hazel suspects that something is deeply wrong with Jack, but she is unable to do anything about it. This book makes no sense to me at all. And I adore the cover: At least, not like Hazel. Breadcrumbz voice is so young, but the fairy tales would probably disturb my younger library kids who might otherwise relate to her I can’t speak for your kids or library kids.

Hazel and Jack have always been best friends, bonding over their shared love of science fiction and fantasy. There are a lot of villains in the world, and they come in all sizes, but there is no Big Bad Villain, just time. It is both a little lonely and full of wonder Hazel turns out to be a brave, imaginative heroine whose love of books and quiet wonder at the world made me overjoyed to find such a kindred spirit.


Hazel is 9 or 10 in the book, and I saw the Miss Representation trailer while I was in the middle of Breadcrumbs. Even the most frightening of the characters hardly qualifies as a villain, and there’s no Aslan or Gandalf to help guide Hazel on her hrsu either. As the Jens Lekman song goes, “What’s broken can always be fixed; what’s fixed will always be broken.

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breaadcrumbs That Hazel is able to survive this story with her own want intact is a credit to the fact that she wants Jack back partly for herself, and partly for him as well. Fifth-grader Hazel Breadcrubms 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 This book is more than a little otherworldly.

Jack is dealing with his mother’s mental illness and his changing relationship with Hazel and the boys his age.

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Breadcrumbs 1 1 Jul 17, Notes on the Cover: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Ineptly named book is a fun retelling of The Snow Queen! He refuses to be her friend, and then without warning disappears altogether. It was unexpected, but it worked.


Sign in or join to save for later. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this middle-grade retelling of “The Snow Queen” deals with an year-old boy disappearing into the woods and his best friend, Hazel, going in after to rescue him. It just felt like nobody had any realistic emotions. It reminds me of Tender Morselsbut with a darker slant.

I don’t even know how to go about this review without gushing like an incoherent loon. Over the last 75 pages, less time is spent bemoaning Hazel’s state although we are by no means reprieved of thiswhich would sound promising if the story weren’t so deeply mired in dullness: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Add your rating See all 4 parent reviews. Ursu has sculpted a rich and poignant adventure that brings readers deep into the mysterious, magical, and sometimes frightening forests of childhood and change.

I never felt breadcrumbx I breadcrumvs settle into the story due to these changes in narration voice. To see what your friends thought of this book, braedcrumbs sign up. There are witches who wear swanskins, woodsmen who leave ballet shoes for lost girls, fates who like shiny things, a birdkeeper and his bird sister, a man and woman who turn little girls into flowers so that they will not leave them.

Prepare for objections, though. I thought the original better answered the question of how Jack escaped the spell on him, while also reinforcing the ties between the two children.