Sunday, February 12, 2012

MMGM: Breadcrumbs (And a Giveaway!)

I was finally able to read Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (giveaway details below), and let me say, it lived up to all the hype.
Here's the description from Anne's website:

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. 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 enjoyed this book immensely, for a lot of reasons. First, there was the nostalgic transportation back to fifth grade which I didn't expect. I usually expect to be reminded of life in my tweens when I read a MG book, but this one did more. It actually dropped me back into my size 8 shoes, and I relived my days as a bookish little guy who was more concerned with superheroes than fitting in. It was wonderful and painful, all together, and it was absolutely perfect.

Second, this book was an illustration of the art of our craft as writers. Anne is a master of the written word, and she meticulously painted a beautiful picture in this book. From the first page, her descriptions of a fresh snowfall immediately capture the reader, and she uses every tool in her writing tool belt to masterfully create her story.

Speaking of illustrations, Erin McGuire's illustrations are beautifully done, and they perfectly represent the story as Anne writes it. I know this is one of her first projects, and she has done a fantastic job.

So, there you have it. Breadcrumbs. What a book. And now, what a giveaway! All you have to do to win a copy of Breadcrumbs is follow this blog and comment on this post. I'll choose a commenter at random using one of the marvelous random number generators online, confirm that they follow this blog, and then BOOM! That commenter will magically win a copy of this fantastically written book. The deadline is 12:00 pm CST on Friday, Feb. 17.

What could be better?

Excelsior!

ps. Special thanks to Shannon Messenger for starting the awesome MMGM Meme in the first place.

7 comments:

Ms. Yingling said...

Books that take us back are always a good thing. I think 4th and 5th grade are about the perfect ages for this title.

Gina C said...

Hi Isaiah! I just added you to my MMGM list. This book looks awesome - definitely going on my to-be-read list. Thanks for your great post!

akoss said...

I found myself nodding in agreement with everything you said about Breadcrumbs. I've read it too and it is a good read indeed.
PS: I have a copy so don't count me in the giveaway.

Orchid said...

You have me totally wanting to simple Anne Ursu's writing now (loved the way you described it). =)

Thanks for the great giveaway. =

Deb Marshall said...

It's great when a book lives up to its hype! And this one for sure did. I'd love to have my own copy for sure. Thanks!

Reading mind said...

ohh, definitely must chek it out!

Gabi said...

I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm following on GFC as Gabi. :] teddycavygal at yahoo dot com