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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.862709

The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale.

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a stunningly original fairy tale of modern-day America, a dazzling ode to the power of fantasy, and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us.

In Breadcrumbs, Anne Ursu tells, in her one-of-a-kind voice, a story that brings together fifty years of children's literature in a tale as modern as it is timeless. Hazel's journey to come to terms with her evolving friendship with Jack will deeply resonate with young readers.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Hardcover, 312 pages
Published on September 27, 2011 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN-10: 0062015052
ISBN-13: 9780062015051
12 Book Reviews
  • beli :balmost 4 years
    So far I ❤ this book,Its SOOOOOOOOOO interesting.
    • tori3ghoul
      tori3ghoulabout 5 years
      Anyone who is a fan of The Snow Queen will love this book. So far, I adore the creative imaginations of friends, Hazel and Jack. They love drawing and making up stories. I plan on finishing it over Winter Break. Hope you enjoy it, too!
      • cw21074
        cw21074over 7 years44 stars
        So far I am enjoying this book but I keep losing it. If a book really grabs my attention, I make sure to hold onto it. Although this is a very well written book, it is not attention grabbing.
        • redheadperson22
          redheadperson22almost 9 years11 star
          Warning! This review contains spoilers! Hazel and Jack are best friends. But Jack starts acting weird, and ditches Hazel. Hazel is absolutely devastated. Then Jack goes missing, and Hazel sets out to find him. What I thought of it: I didn't get it. Hazel was just annoying. She was always complaining. She completely overreacted when Jack started being "mean" to her. She was really dependent on Jack, and I found that slightly creepy. I couldn't bring myself to really like her even a little bit. Hazel's mom was annoying too. She tried to shove Hazel into a friendship with some girl, and Hazel just went along with it. She didn't really seem concerned at all when Hazel was complaining about Jack's weird behavior. She basically just saw it as a chance for Hazel to just forget about him and make friends that are girls. The writing style was awful. It was very descriptive, and that got really old really fast. The author used a lot of metaphors that didn't really make sense. It was extremely annoying. The only 2 characters that I actually liked were Jack and that girls uncle. Jack seemed like a really cool guy. Hazel really didn't deserve him. The uncle was really awesome. I didn't understand how Jack's parents thought that he was visiting his aunt. Were they under a spell? It was extremely boring. The first part seemed like Realistic fiction, but the second part seemed like Fantasy. That really annoyed me. Hazel's trip through the woods was boring, and it seems like it would never end. She meets a lot of people, and none of them turn out to be how she thought they'd be. The moral of the story seemed to be that you can't REALLY be friends with someone of the opposite gender without complications, and that it's better to stick with friends that are the same gender because if you have a friend of the opposite gender it's inevitable that you'll drift apart. I thought that was down right stupid. I could barely finish reading this, and I thought about stopping and never finishing it because I didn't really care how it ended. I had high hopes for this book. I read a lot of reviews praising it for how wonderful it was. I honestly don't know why everyone loves this book, and thinks it's so beautiful. Overall I hated it. This one of the worst books I've read in a while. Which is why I had to review. I need to save people. There was one girl who I told how much I hated it and she said she wouldn't read it. Everyone who didn't like this book, review. We could be the superheroes of literature.
          • sierrafizz
            sierrafizzalmost 9 years44 stars
            Breadcrumbs is an amazing book that will take you on an adventure that you'll never forget. When a girl named Hazel's best friend Jack, gets a piece of enchanted glass in his eye, he gets taken by the Ice Queen to her home. When Hazel goes into the enchanted forest to get her friend back she makes friends and finds enemies along the way. Will Jack ever come home? To find out read this amazing book.
            • ninjaldb
              ninjaldbabout 9 years55 stars
              This book is great for boys or girls.
              • conhaj
                conhajabout 9 years55 stars
                i have not finished it but it is one of my favorite books i have read so far.
                • jed
                  jedover 9 years55 stars
                  I read this book and I had a couple questions. Then I went to a book club to help me understand it. This is one of my favorite books.
                  • rebeccag
                    rebeccagalmost 10 years55 stars
                    Bread Crumbs is a great book for people who like fantasy. Hazel's best friend Jack suddenly stops talking to her and and ice queen disappears with Jack into the forest. Hazel heads into the forest to go after him and has many adventures. It is excitement to the very end!
                  • abercrombiegurl
                    abercrombiegurlabout 10 years44 stars
                    this book was pretty good, but you could tell it was kind of fake and made up
                    • ninjaldb
                      ninjaldbabout 9 years55 stars
                      It wasn't made up because everything had a meaning.