This September, a really beautiful and wonderful new middle grade book comes out from Walden Pond Press — Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. And today, thanks to the fine folks at WPP, we’re delighted to share an exclusive excerpt & sneak peek at some of the artwork from the book:
Hazel looked at the floor. It didn’t seem like she was doing anything but spinning wool into gray thread.
“You should get out,” he continued gently. “This woods is no place for girls.”
“I can’t,” Hazel whispered.
He sighed. “I know. It feels that way. You lost someone.”
Hazel eyed him and nodded. “I lost my friend. How did you know?”
“Well . . . you’re here, aren’t you?”
She didn’t understand. “Does everybody come here after somebody else?”
He looked at her a moment. “Oh,” he said finally. “Oh, I see. You literally lost your friend? Here?”
“Yes. What did you mean?”
He shook his head. “Never mind. What happened to your friend?”
Hazel sat up. “He was taken. By a woman in a white sled. She wears white furs and doesn’t look human. Do you know who she is?”
He sat back. “You mean the white witch,” he said slowly. A chill ran through her body. “The white witch?” she breathed. “Like Narnia?”
“No,” he said, his voice quiet. “Narnia is like her.”
Hazel’s heart sped up. “Well, she took my friend,” she said. “What does she want with him? Will she hurt him?”
Ben gazed at her for a moment. He seemed about to say something, and then stopped. “I don’t think you should go after him,” he said finally.
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest wth a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it’s up to Hazel to go 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.