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"Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Walden Pond Press,, 2011
ISBN: 9780062049247
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: McGuire, Erin
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This modern take on The Snow Queen is the story of BFFs Hazel and Jack. Jack stops talking to Hazel (typical teenage boy stuff, right?—wrong), then disappears into the forest with an Ice Woman who freezes his heart, and it’s up to Hazel to come search for him. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age-story... Read More »

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 06, 2018

A fellow librarian once described this to me as "fantasy for people who don't like fantasy", which feels like an incredibly accurate description. It's fantasy, but the focus is on human emotions and themes like growing up, outgrowing your friends, etc. It's quiet in a way that a lot of kids' fantasy isn't, despite still having a solid, page-turning plot. This is a good one to curl up with on a cold winter's day -- it will put you in a properly snowy, atmospheric mindset.

Mar 21, 2018

I loved this book. The two parts are so different but together create a well blended, layered story. Part One I could feel for Hazel and what she was going through. Part Two really sucked me in. A great story with deep lessons on life, love, friendship and self. The end made me cry. I love it.

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

A beautiful, modern take on The Snow Queen. The narrative is enchanting, and the young characters are both appealing and realistic. A timeless story of true friendship.

FindingJane Oct 21, 2016

Ms. Ursu took her inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”. But other stories wind their subtle thread throughout this novel. Hazel is an adopted child, a girl of vivid imagination and a vast echoing loneliness. Ms. Ursu has given us a heroine of small stature, big heart and great insecurities. The language used to describe Hazel’s struggle is at times sparse, utterly plain spoken, the way you’d expect from a child. In other passages, Hazel’s descriptions of the world around her and her own inner thoughts contain an almost poetic sensibility. Hazel mutters how this fairy tale world makes no sense but she nevertheless tries desperately to impose order on it by thinking about the fairy tales she’s read throughout her life. Her battle to force order on chaos is an ironic and unspoken commentary on the attempts of the adults around her who would force her into growing up and becoming part of the real world. She’s just a girl and she despairs at her failure to live up to the archetypical mytical hero. She’s not particularly smart, witty, strong or clever. She doesn’t have magical items. So it’s up to her and her alone to defeat the villain and rescue her friend. But even that battle isn’t quite how she imagined it. Frost, ice and cold imagery runs rampant throughout this story. The metaphorical ice that freezes Hazel from within when Jack apparently abandons her is no less troubling than the actual snowstorms she wades through to rescue him. Ms. Ursu’s creativity doesn’t flag; her repetition of cold finds clever inventions that never grow stale. This is a fairy tale for the modern age, a source of wonder, threat, despair and unshakeable love. For all the Hazels of this world, for all those who feel they will never “fit”, this novel whispers that you persevere. At the heart of this novel of an impervious ice queen is a warm, beating heart.

BklynEmilyH2 May 25, 2015

Really well-crafted multilayered re-visioning of The Snow Queen from the point of view of a fifth-grade bookworm who refuses to lose her only friend without a fight. There are metaphors galore here, but they're of the playful and self-aware variety, never too heavy-handed. I hope to make this my first Parent-Tween Book Discussion Group read.

Sep 06, 2014

Delightful story ... depects the loyalty and caring of true friends

JuliePatchouli Mar 21, 2014

A fabulous version of the Snow Queen fairy tale

ChristchurchLib Jul 23, 2013

"Ten-year-old Hazel Anderson isn't happy; her parents have split up, and she's had to switch to a new school where neither the kids nor the teachers understand her. She figures that as long as she has her best friend, Jack, she'll be okay...and then Jack disappears. Determined to rescue him, Hazel ventures into the snowy Minnesota woods where she last saw Jack - and discovers a frightening magical world full of mystery and danger. If you enjoyed the mix of reality and fantasy in Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, or if you like haunting, poetic stories that pull in pieces from fairy tales and other stories, don't miss Breadcrumbs." Kids' Books July 2013 newsletter

Feb 26, 2013

Amazing book and this is such an emotional novel. I am almost cried when Jack's heart froze. LOVE it forever and i rate it 5 stars.

Rather_be_reading Jan 15, 2013

Excellent blend of realism and fantasy. Sets a slightly sinister tone immediately, and sucks you right in. Hazel will stay with you long after you finish. Perfect for reading on a snowy day, when anything might happen (but don't wait that long-- read it now!). Would make a great read-aloud for grades 4-7.

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Hazel and Jack are best friends, now and forever. At least that’s how Hazel sees it. Sure, she knows that Jack’s a little depressed because of his mother’s mental illness, but he’s always there for her no matter what. That’s a good thing since Hazel doesn’t like dealing with her new school and she definitely doesn’t want any other friends. Then, one day, everything changes. Jack suddenly turns cold on Hazel. He refuses to be her friend, and then without warning disappears altogether. His parents give one reason for where he has gone, but when Hazel learns that Jack was spirited away by a beautiful woman in a carriage she sets off into the nearby woods to find her friend and to save him, no matter what the cost (no matter if he wants to be rescued, for that matter). Trouble is, you can read all the books about adventures that you like, but when it comes to real rescue missions nobody can prepare you for the moment when you have to face your own problems.


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First Line: "It snowed right before Jack stopped talking to Hazel, fluffy white flakes big enough to show their crystal architecture, like perfect geometric poems.”


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