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Breadcrumbs

By: Anne Ursu,Erin McGuire
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
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Publisher's Summary

A stunning modern-day fairy tale from acclaimed author Anne Ursu....

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 story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

©2011 Anne Ursu (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Fantastic read for all ages

Middle grade novels are not just for tweens! If you don't believe me then read or listen to Breadcrumbs! I adore Hazel! Hazel is a fifth grader whose parents recently split and has to deal with many changes including a new school. Hazel is unpopular and gets picked on, but what makes things easier is her best friend Jack. He has been there for the hardest points in her life.

Except one day everything changes and Jack decides not to be her friend anymore. He even becomes close with the kids who bully Hazel. Hazel is sure Jack would never just change for no apparent reason and something must be wrong. How could she possibly lose him. When Jack acts cold to her I thought about what Hazel must be going through and I was close to tears.

Shortly after Jack's strange behavior towards Hazel, he stops showing up to school and his parents say that he moved with a distant aunt. Hazel knows he would never just leave. One of the bullies tells Hazel that he saw Jack walking into the woods with a woman who was dressed completely in white and seemed cold. Hazel can't believe that Jack would leave with anyone into the woods much less someone who she believes is an Ice Queen. Hazel's journey to get her best friend back is going to be a dangerous and possibly deadly journey, but one she is willing to take to save her friend.

Breadcrumbs won my heart and I can see myself re-reading this book many times over. I'm also excited to share this with my nephew when he is older. I have read and listened to Breadcrumbs and both times I loved it.

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Beautiful story if you can get past funky narrator

Would you listen to Breadcrumbs again? Why?

No, but I don't re-listen to audiobooks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hazel. Beautifully written, relatable character.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

The narrator has a voice that sounds oddly like one of those phone voices that sounds out words bizarrely. He extends vowels in a way that is very strange at first, but I did get used to it. He does most of his characters well, though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is a beautiful story.

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Don't Waste Your Time

Don't Waste Your Time on this book. I made it through to the end...it's pretty short and I don't even care about what happened. It was pretty much a way to pass the time.

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For anyone trying to find their way

Ursu loads Hazel with an incredible list of personal pressures sure to send a kid to the counselor's office. She is a poster child for stress. Her life is full of leaving. But she boldly leaves home to march into the woods and face the worst that any fairytale or Narnia tale can throw at her. This is a multilayered liminal story, and very contemporary.

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The book was pretty mediocre. It was hard to understand and follow along to because of character development going backwards. It was also hard to understand when the book introduced more characters and were never to be seen again.

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Our Favorite Anne Ursa Book Yet!

My daughter and I are reading her books together and previously read “Lost Girl”. Love the Minnesota references in her work and LOVE this story too!

I think Jack and Hazel could definitely have a sequel.

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Great book

I really liked it, I had the actual book but never got to read it and now I found it on her and I got to listen to it. The book is funny, adventurest, and very interesting with a lot of imagination. I loved it

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Breadcrumbs

This book was the best fantasy book I have ever read. I wouldReccomend this book for you

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Engaging even for adults

I wanted to experience a book written for young people and I feared I would be bored. However. the story was engaging and feelings well-expressed on a deeper level. The ending felt rushed and too easy to bring about resolution. A young person should be able to identify with the characters.

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Breadcrumbs

For a younger audience. My granddaughter liked it as it's set in an area where we do live. That was fun. It is a retelling of the story of the ice queen for modern day. The story itself is very real for kids today dealing with friendship, school and family issues. I enjoyed it very much & my granddaughter did too.