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Title: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: olmue on November 27, 2011, 08:53 PM
Anyone read this yet? It just came out. Really excellent; I can definitely see it as Newbery material, sort of along the lines of The Graveyard Book in that stuff happens, there's some magic, with the literary element jacked all the way up. It's really for kids who already love books, as there are quite a number of literary references, but I think many kids can identify with how it feels when a friend just sort of gives you up. I just read it aloud to my girls (ages 6 and 10) who really liked it, too.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: Danyelle on November 27, 2011, 09:47 PM
I loved this one. :) The language was beautiful.  :love
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: MysteryRobin on November 28, 2011, 02:07 PM
So beautiful I have no words. I immediately started following Anne on Twitter (she's awesome) and recommend the book whenever I can. Loved loved loved it!
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: LindaJoy on November 28, 2011, 02:17 PM
I listened to a great podcast about this book over on Katie Davis's Brain Burps page. It's #66 here http://brainburps.libsyn.com/

Ps just noticed this was my 666 post.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: dinalapomy101 on November 28, 2011, 04:22 PM
I am on the hold list for it at my lib -- the schools I'm working with have it on their Mock Newbery list so I'm excited!
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: LindaJoy on November 28, 2011, 04:26 PM
I just went ahead and ordered it. If it's a Newbery book, I want an un-stickered copy.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: ChristineSarmel on November 28, 2011, 04:29 PM
I really loved this book. I'm wondering how others felt about the ending... without going completely spoiler... did anyone want a more definite end? I liked the ending, but I know at least one of my children would want a clearer end.

And if you haven't read her other series, read it too. The Shadow Thieves was a state award nominee here a few years back - honor well deserved.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: olmue on November 28, 2011, 07:04 PM
Well, I like endings that are a bit bigger, so yeah, it did feel a bit anticlimactic to me. Yes, she resolved the initial problem--but it was sort of over in a line or two. I think the point was that Hazel's wants changed over the course of the story, so there wasn't such a big deal about it, but still. It didn't feel rushed, just not as definite as some MG.

Beautiful writing, though!
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: Lwrites on November 29, 2011, 08:32 AM
Yes, I loved it! I agree with what everyone said above - gorgeous writing! And I especially loved the atmospheric feeling of the woods.
I think many kids can identify with how it feels when a friend just sort of gives you up.
About the friend dropping her - at one point, I thought, "this reminds me of the girl whose friend dropped her in WHEN YOU REACH ME." And then, if I'm not imagining it, there was a little nod to WHEN YOU REACH ME! Maybe I'm crazy, but I think there was. At one point, Hazel starts reading when she's on the bus and it says something like, "it was a book about a girl in New York City whose best friend stopped talking to her."
I also think a lot of kids can probably relate to Hazel's feeling of being misunderstood by their teacher/school. I thought that the way Hazel felt so lost in her new school, after being used to a very different kind of school, really brought that out very well.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: MysteryRobin on November 29, 2011, 08:52 AM
It felt well resolved to me- she completed the "quest" but at the same time, in the real world, she grew up and realized that was ok.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: olmue on November 29, 2011, 12:33 PM
Lauren, I think you're right about  that reference to WYRM. It'll be a fun book for kids who love books, to pick out all the references.
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Post by: mrh on November 29, 2011, 01:33 PM
I'm reading this now, about 1/4/ to 1/3 into it, and really enjoying it so far. The writing is exquisite.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: mariwho on January 01, 2012, 03:36 PM
I just finished this--gave it to my daughter for Xmas, then stole it from her! I loved, loved, loved it. SO good.

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About the friend dropping her - at one point, I thought, "this reminds me of the girl whose friend dropped her in WHEN YOU REACH ME." And then, if I'm not imagining it, there was a little nod to WHEN YOU REACH ME! Maybe I'm crazy, but I think there was.

Yes! It was a nod to WHEN YOU REACH ME, I believe. I enjoyed all the references to other books.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: Christine B. on January 01, 2012, 03:50 PM
Is it a Hansel and Gretel story?

It sounds really interesting.
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: olmue on January 01, 2012, 04:46 PM
No, it's based on the story of the Snow Queen (which the White Witch from Narnia is also a reference to).
Title: Re: BREADCRUMBS, Anne Ursu
Post by: Franzilla on February 04, 2012, 12:49 PM
I really loved this book. I'm wondering how others felt about the ending... without going completely spoiler... did anyone want a more definite end? I liked the ending, but I know at least one of my children would want a clearer end.

And if you haven't read her other series, read it too. The Shadow Thieves was a state award nominee here a few years back - honor well deserved.

I got this book after reading this thread and absolutely loved it. But, like Christine's daughter (?), the ending left me feeling a little empty-handed (or empty-hearted?!). I also felt I wanted more secure tying up of details/threads towards the end. Everything Hazel was given proved fairly useless, which made sense in an opposite kind of a way, but why then did the matches help? And what happened to the bit of glass that fell into Jack's eye? Did it dissolve? Was it okay? Where did Jack's parents think he'd been? Why had time passed while Jack was away but not when Hazel was?

Having questions at the end of a book is no bad thing and these days I can handle it better, but if I'd read it as a child I would've found it a bit frustrating. I would have wanted my crystal-clear happy ending!