Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Hardcover: 313 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (September 27, 2011) 
Language: English
ISBN: 0062015052 (ISBN13: 9780062015051)

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. 

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel. 

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbsis a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

(Description from Goodreads)


Breadcrumbs is a wonderful retelling of "The Snow Queen", a story of true friendship and extraordinary courage. 
Hazel is different from the other girls at school. She believes in magic and fairy tales. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." 
One day something terrible happened to her best friend, Jack. Jack's heart became frozen like a block of ice and the Snow Queen brought him to her own castle. Hazel is the only one that can save him, the only one willing to believe in the existence of the Snow Queen. 
Hazel understands the real meaning of true friendship: sacrifice. 
I love fairy tale retellings and Breadcrumbs is a magnificent example of a successful one. 
I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author!


You can read the first two chapters HERE