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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,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
I heard about this book in a Top Ten Tuesday list a while back. It was one of those lists about books you’d like if you enjoy fairy-tales/Frozen. Breadcrumbs particularly caught my eye and I’m glad it did. I thought it was an incredibly sweet, well written, middle grade read, that would crossover to many different ages. It didn’t take me long to read at all.
Breadcrumbs follows Hazel and Jack, two very good friends. One day Jack disappears. Hazel finds out that Jack has been taken. She goes searching for him encountering many weird and wonderful challenges along the way. It is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. I absolutely loved the modern twist. It unfolded so beautifully which made me devour it bit by bit.
I thought Hazel was a fantastic character. Different to everyone else, but a lovely character. She was imaginative, bookish and inquisitive. My sort of person. Hazel has real problems including her adoptive parents’ divorce, being different and an outsider at school and her best friend’s coldness towards her before he disappeared. I loved how much Hazel cared for Jack. Her relationship with Jack I could compare to Anna’s feelings towards Elsa in Frozen.
Something that stood out for me in this book was how modernised the classic story was. There were some incredibly contemporary references from Narnia to Harry Potter, it all felt very relevant to today’s modern day child. I say that it’s relevant to today’s modern day child, but I honestly believe that this book could be enjoyed by
The writing is incredibly evocative. It flows brilliantly and is incredibly descriptive. I could easily picture the scenes and almost feel the coldness and the eeriness of the forest.
I am so impressed by this book. I know it’s going to make its way onto my future classroom’s bookshelf. It teaches some life lessons without being preachy and cutesy. It’s definitely a book to devour and pass on.
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