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Contributor(s): Ursu, Anne (Author), McGuire, Erin (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0062015052     ISBN-13: 9780062015051
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
OUR PRICE: $14.44  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2011

Annotation: "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.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2010045666
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.13" H x 5.81" W x 8.56" (0.91 lbs) 320 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 146485
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
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Contributor Bio(s): McGuire, Erin: -

Erin McGuire is an illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels, including Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, the Nancy Drew Diaries series, and Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant. When not drawing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and camping. Erin lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two cats. Visit her online at www.emcguire.net.

Ursu, Anne: -

Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which Kirkus Reviews called a "transforming testament to the power of friendship" in a starred review, and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was an NPR Backseat Book Club featured selection. She was also the recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature. Anne teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats--monster fighters, all.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
In Ursu s riff on The Snow Queen, Hazel is demoralized when her friend Jack refuses to have anything to do with her, instead playing with his male schoolmates. Then he disappears altogether. But fantasy-reading Hazel knows a fairy tale when she sees one: she heads into the woods and successfully negotiates the duplicitous characters she meets. Ursu s prose is pungent, humorous, and vivid.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #1)
In Ursu's riff on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Hazel, already unhappy in school, is demoralized further when her good friend Jack suddenly refuses to have anything to do with her and, instead, plays with his male schoolmates. Then he disappears altogether, without warning. But Hazel knows a fairy tale when she sees one: she heads into the woods, successfully negotiates the duplicitous characters she meets there, and wins Jack from the Snow Queen by reminding him of their shared past. Hazel's perceptiveness, Ursu suggests, comes from her love of reading fantasy; indeed, Ursu alludes explicitly to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Golden Compass; The Wizard of Oz; A Wrinkle in Time; When You Reach Me; "The Little Match Girl"; Coraline; and the Harry Potter books, among others. For those who aren't already fantasy readers, such allusions may pose an impenetrable code; for those who are, the references shed an unflattering light on Ursu's less logically and imaginatively coherent fantasy. Which is not to say that Ursu is without her strengths: her prose, although sometimes overwrought, is more often pungent, humorous, and vivid ("Hazel's mom drove their car like it was an emotionally unstable bear"). Her potent evocation of midwinter Minneapolis is memorable; so, too, is her evocation of that moment when you realize a dear friend may have outgrown you. deirdre f. baker

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 August #5)

Ursu follows her Cronus Chronicles trilogy with this deeply felt, modern-day fantasy that borrows plot from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. Richly imaginative fifth-grader Hazel, adopted from India, has recently switched schools and is failing (badly) to fit in. Money is tight, her parents have divorced, and her best friend, Jack, suddenly rebuffs her. Hazel is devastated, but readers learn the cause of Jack's alienation is a shard of magical mirror lodged in his heart. When Jack disappears with an ethereal woman on a sled pulled by wolves, Hazel heads into the wintry and enchanted Minnesota woods to rescue him. A sadness as heavy as a Northwoods snowfall pervades this story, though it has its delights, too. Ursu offers many winks at avid fans of fairy tales and fantasy (Jack's mother looks "like someone had severed her daemon"). The creepy fantasyland that Hazel traverses uses bits from other Andersen tales to create a story that, though melancholy, is beautifully written and wholly original. It's certainly the only children's fantasy around where Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer figures into the plot. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

Gr 5–8—Hazel Anderson's 10-year-old world is teetering on the unsteady foundation of her parents' separation, as she is now at a new school where she feels like an outsider, both as a dreamer and as an adoptee from South Asia. She is bullied and misunderstood, and her best friend, Jack, is spending more time with his male friends than with her. When a demon drops a shard of an enchanted mirror into his eye and he becomes drugged and manic under its influence, he accompanies the Snow Queen into the woods. During her search for him, Hazel's realistic world collides with surreal fantasy and she is thrown into the eerie, threatening woods of broken and transformed fairy tales. She encounters shadowy threats in the form of creepy, unscrupulous adults who have their own agendas and victims: a girl ensnared in the body of a bird, and children trapped as flowers. Hazel's challenge consists largely in persisting in her quest to rescue Jack despite her insecurity about their friendship and the lack of a breadcrumb path in a confusing world. Unlike the triumphant ending of Andersen's "Snow Queen," Hazel's rescue of Jack and its aftermath is realistically bittersweet. Jack is who he is, a boy who is growing away from her. It is Hazel who is changed by her experience, and who learns to approach her life with positive energy. Although this is a fantasy, its grounding in psychological realism and focus on Hazel's feelings makes it a fine choice for readers who prefer realistic fiction. Ursu's multilayered, dreamlike story stands out from the fantasy/quest pack.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

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