By Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press, $16.99, ages 10-14
For the young reader who knows the territory of fantasy — whether it's Hans Christian Andersen or the Grimms — journeying along with fifth-grader Hazel is resonant. It's a tough year for Hazel after her parents' divorce, and her longtime friend, Jack, doesn't seem the same. When she enters a particular dark woods to investigate Jack's disappearance, Hazel's up against something no story has quite prepared her for, a world where neither wolves nor woodmen are what she might have expected. The conclusion is not simple, but readers will be happy to have traveled with her.
'Breadcrumbs' by Anne Ursu
It's a tough year for Hazel after her parents' divorce, and her longtime friend, Jack, doesn't seem the same.
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