For years, Hazel and Jack have been neighbors and best friends, talking about books, playing together, and just having that special type of friendship that comes out of growing up together. When Jack starts acting strangely, treating Hazel poorly and acting as if he doesn't like her anymore, Hazel knows something is wrong, despite her mother trying to tell her that Jack just wants to spend time with boys now that they're growing up. Hazel knows her friend and vows to get to the bottom of whatever is plaguing Jack.
"Hazel had read enough books to know that a line like this one is the line down which your life breaks in two. And you have to think very carefully about whether you want to cross it, because once you do it's very hard to get back to the world you left behind. And sometimes you break a barrier that no one knew existed, and then everything you know before crossing the line is gone.
But, sometimes you have a friend to rescue. And so you take a deep breath and then step over the line and into the darkness ahead." (pgs. 151-152 of ARC)
Sometimes, I just become so incredibly enchanted by a book that I just want to shove it into everyone's hands...kids and adults. Breadcrumbs is most definitely one of those books. Inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, "The Snow Queen," you will become completely enthralled with Ursu's writing and her magical manner of telling such a pure friendship story.
And though this book is a GREAT friendship story, it really does incorporate a lot more into the pages. We get race, fitting in, family relationships, adoptions, a fairy tale, and an overall feeling of what it really means to care about someone...without the mushiness.
Hand this to boys or girls, young or old, and I would be totally surprised if the reader didn't fall in love as I did. I especially loved all the bookish references, from Harry Potter to The Golden Compass and tons in-between. Such a lovely story.
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