Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bigger than a Breadbox

Bigger than a Breadbox
by Laurel Snyder
Random House, 2011. 223 pgs. Juvenile Fiction.

When Rebecca's mother gets fed up with her dad and hustles Rebecca and her brother off to Atlanta to live with their grandmother, Rebecca is angry. She loves her father. Her mother's need to be away from their home in Baltimore seems selfish and foolish. But as Rebecca explores Gran's house she finds an old breadbox which gives her whatever she wishes for--that can fit inside a breadbox. Money, an iPod, a cellphone, a jacket just like the one the most popular girl at school wears appear when she asks, but when Rebecca figures out from whence the magic breadbox summons all these items, things take a sharp turn for the worse. Despite its magical elements, Bigger than a Breadbox is not really a fantasy novel. It is about parents and children making mistakes. Of really fouling things up, but continuing to try and gaining the wisdom and perspective that comes from both good and bad experience. This would be a fine book to give to an older-elementary or younger teen (especially a girl) struggling with family difficulties.

1 comment:

curlyq said...

I thought this book was so well-written, especially in that the family relationships, emotions, and situation really felt REAL. I was impressed with the way this book got me personally invested in the story. Well done and a great book about a strained parent/family relationship.