Ursu, Anne

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life " -- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062015051
Branch Call Number: J FIC U
Characteristics: 312 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin Illustrator


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In this updated take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Hazel must rescue her best friend Jack from an unfamiliar land...whether he wants to be rescued or not.

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Sep 06, 2014
  • foxylady31 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Delightful story ... depects the loyalty and caring of true friends

Mar 21, 2014
  • JuliePatchouli rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fabulous version of the Snow Queen fairy tale

Feb 15, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable. The first part sets the second part up very well; and in the second part, the magic elements are nicely balanced by the realism of Hazel's plight as she battles her way through the evil of the woods and the extreme cold. So much to enjoy here.

Jul 23, 2013

"Ten-year-old Hazel Anderson isn't happy; her parents have split up, and she's had to switch to a new school where neither the kids nor the teachers understand her. She figures that as long as she has her best friend, Jack, she'll be okay...and then Jack disappears. Determined to rescue him, Hazel ventures into the snowy Minnesota woods where she last saw Jack - and discovers a frightening magical world full of mystery and danger. If you enjoyed the mix of reality and fantasy in Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, or if you like haunting, poetic stories that pull in pieces from fairy tales and other stories, don't miss Breadcrumbs." Kids' Books July 2013 newsletter

Feb 26, 2013
  • senoralewis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book and this is such an emotional novel. I am almost cried when Jack's heart froze. LOVE it forever and i rate it 5 stars.

Jan 15, 2013
  • Rather_be_reading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent blend of realism and fantasy. Sets a slightly sinister tone immediately, and sucks you right in. Hazel will stay with you long after you finish. Perfect for reading on a snowy day, when anything might happen (but don't wait that long-- read it now!). Would make a great read-aloud for grades 4-7.

Jul 24, 2012

What do you do when your best friend starts to act strange and then suddenly disappears? And no one around you seems to notice? You go on a quest to get him back, you follow the breadcrumbs as far as they lead you, you try to stay safe in the dangerous forest. A fairytale that manages to keep the traditional mysteries, while speaking with a crisp and believable modern voice.

Jul 12, 2012
  • FattiPatti rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a cute teen novel. I did enjoy reading it. It was a page turner.

Jul 03, 2012
  • intelligentbookgirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When I read the first page, I immediately knew that I would enjoy this book. I was right. I finished this in one day, because every page in the book makes you want to continue reading, and you can't stop until you finish. Great descriptions, the characters were portrayed well, and all of the fairytales that people hardly talk about nowadays were brought back to life in a modern, fun and twisted way. Amazing, I will never forget about this book.

Jun 07, 2012
  • professional rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part of the fun of "Breadcrumbs" is that it references a number of children's fiction, folktales, and fairy tales. Here is a list. Can you find all of these stories in the book?

•Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle
•The Wizard of Oz by Baum
•Harry Potter by Rowling
•Alice in Wonderland by Carroll
•His Dark Materials by Pullman
•The Wall and the Wing by Ruby
•Keys to the Kingdom series by Nix
•The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis
•The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen)
•Snow White ( Brothers Grimm)
•Coraline by Gaiman
•Phantom Tollbooth by Juster
•Red Riding Hood (Charles Perrault)
•The Red Shoes (Hans Christian Andersen)
•The Fates (Greek Mythology)
•Swan Maiden
•Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)
•When You Reach Me by Stead

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May 08, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hazel and Jack are best friends, now and forever. At least that’s how Hazel sees it. Sure, she knows that Jack’s a little depressed because of his mother’s mental illness, but he’s always there for her no matter what. That’s a good thing since Hazel doesn’t like dealing with her new school and she definitely doesn’t want any other friends. Then, one day, everything changes. Jack suddenly turns cold on Hazel. He refuses to be her friend, and then without warning disappears altogether. His parents give one reason for where he has gone, but when Hazel learns that Jack was spirited away by a beautiful woman in a carriage she sets off into the nearby woods to find her friend and to save him, no matter what the cost (no matter if he wants to be rescued, for that matter). Trouble is, you can read all the books about adventures that you like, but when it comes to real rescue missions nobody can prepare you for the moment when you have to face your own problems.


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May 08, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First Line: "It snowed right before Jack stopped talking to Hazel, fluffy white flakes big enough to show their crystal architecture, like perfect geometric poems.”


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