Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $ ISBN: Read Common Sense Media’s Breadcrumbs review, age rating, and parents Anne Ursu ยท Fantasy; Breadcrumbs was, quite simply, a beautiful book. Book Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Posted on October 4, Title: Breadcrumbs. Written by Anne Ursu Illustrations by Erin McGuire. Genre: Fantasy .

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But Ursu is nothing if not talented, and in Hazel she has crafted and extraordinarily likeable and resolute heroine. Shows you how much it impacted me. Artist Erin McGuire lends her black and white illustrations to the novel, which is an interesting notion.

She was good to the point of isolation. This is a story about Hazel–an imaginative, effervescent adoptee–whom only feels like she truly only fits in with her best friend Jack. This is part of what made Part Two feel so melancholy.

He refuses to be her friend, and then without warning disappears altogether. Following a divorce, her mother struggles to maintain her family and finances, which leaves Hazel on her own for some time. I wanted to like this book and I’ll be interested to hear what my students have to say about it, but overall I was disappointed. Every one of his villains and heroes is felled by their wants.

I have annee little story about this, but I will save it for the end, since it really has no place in this review Idiosyncratic thing, ignore me. Column 4 Our impact report: The second half of the book narrates Hazel’s journey through a forest to find Jack. Over and over again for the entire first half of the story we are treated to lengthy, heavy-handed descriptions of Hazel’s isolation and suffering; isolation she has, in part, created for herself by her snobbery, and suffering that is no less self-inflicted by her melodramatic self-absorption.


Everyone else in this story wants something though, and is willing to go to sometimes evil lengths to get what it is they desire.

Brilliant tale of girl’s enchanted-woods search for ufsu. Am I the only one who didn’t like this book? Everyone seems to really like it! She also bought me xnne copy and signed it to me, thanking me; it sits proudly on my shelves to this day. Fifth-grader Hazel Anderson’s best friend Jack is missing, and she takes it upon herself to find and rescue him, even in the face of mounting evidence that he may n This book is more than a little otherworldly. Andersen was an odd author.

There should have been some conclusive end to her. Hazel’s journey to come to terms with her evolving friendship with Jack will deeply resonate with young readers. In four and a half years of nightly family read-alouds, this is the only book we two adults, one qnne boy ever considered not finishing; the only one with so little enjoyment that we felt it wasn’t worth our time. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Review of the Day: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Hazel uses fantasy to escape from the reality of her life, but while most authors would breadcrmbs this look like a good thing, here you can see that Hazel really is making her life harder than it needs to be. You can find yourself in the wood, confronting your own yearning and sadness, or just glory in the beauty of a good story, well told. Originally posted on Small Review 2. Memory is cruel in this way, often misleading us into believing that we can capture breaadcrumbs magic again.

I’ve talked in complete circles, I know it. The villain isn’t some wolf lurking in the forest, or an evil witch who casts curses on newborns; it’s not even the Snow Queen herself. View all 8 comments. Hazel is an avid reader with an active imagination, breadcrumba she has a hard time paying attention in school and gets in trouble with the teacher. And they didn’t fit anywhere else.


I ursi had difficulty connecting with her personality so I never felt invested in her or her story. No big climactic moment. All of this preface is a warning because I am going to compare this book to another book, and it makes me nervous.

They need to be freed from their cages of fear. She has a new album out this month so I have an excuse. Also, the characters had a bit of gritty-ness to their back story.

Breadcrumbs Book Review

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.

About A Fuse 8 Production Features everything from librarian previews of upcoming children’s books to news, reviews, and videos. June 28, at 6: I also enjoyed the deep friendship that Hazel has with Jack. Bottom line Not for me. The prose is masterfully poetic, evocatively descriptive, and desperately sad. We did stick it out, but it was a frustrating and unrewarding struggle. Why finishing this on my birthday was wnne lovely bit of serendipity.

Start reading Breadcrumbs on your Kindle in under a minute. My son finally asked why so and so kept being mentioned and he is 8 – just weird. Sign in or join to save for later.

Now it’s up to Hazel to go in after him. She also needs to know she breadcrumhs fine as she is. The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales.

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