Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else.
And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel.
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'm not familiar with the fairytale "The Snow Queen" (I thought it was going to be like Hanzel and Gretel at first) but I'm looking forward to learning about the original and seeing how it was reinterpreted. This seems like the perfect winter tale however so I wish I could wait till December to read it! But reviews call :) Perhaps a re-read will be in order...
I need more books to wait on! I have no more 2011 releases once I reach October (I pre-schedule all my WoW posts), any recommendations? What are you waiting on??