I was finally able to read Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (giveaway details below), and let me say, it lived up to all the hype.
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?
ps. Special thanks to Shannon Messenger for starting the awesome MMGM Meme in the first place.