Snow Queen retelling...

Breadcrumbs - Anne Ursu, Erin Mcguire


Her class at her old school looked out on a small patch of woods, and Hazel had always thought that there was something magical about them, that it was the sort of place she and Jack were supposed to go into together. They would bring breadcrumbs, and they would cross through the line of trees to see what awaited them.

- Chapter 1


Jack was the only person she knew with an imagination, at least a real one.

- Chapter 2


For the mirror took beautiful things and made them ugly, and it took ugly things  and made them hideous.

- Chapter 5


A boy got a splinter in his eye, and his heart turned cold. Only two people noticed. One was a witch, and she took him for her own. The other was his best friend. And she went after him in ill-considered shoes, brave and completely unprepared.

- Chapter 13


This book is amazing. Hazel is brave and terrified, certain and unsure, and most of all loyal to her best friend Jack. At first, when he stops speaking to her, she is hurt, but when he disappears, she knows that she alone can save him.


A delightful retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Snow Queen. I enjoyed every minute of this book. My goal at school next year is to help the students discover books in the library that have very few checkouts but are great books. This is definitely one of those books!


Recommended to:

Fans of fantasy adventures in grades 5 and up.