Today’s Pick: Bigger Than a Bread Box by Lauren Snyder
Published by Yearling, 2011
A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be. Laurel Snyder's most thought-provoking book yet.
The idea of a magic bread box was intriguing and really drew me into the story. But the story ended up going in a different direction than I expected. I liked the complications of the magic that Rebecca ended up having to deal with and her solutions. This is another a great book to have in the classroom, because of the family issues and the way Rebecca struggles in her relationships with friends and classmates.
As a writer, I especially enjoyed the way the author used Rebecca’s memories and past experiences to help develop the story.
“I peeled my banana very carefully and ate it as slowly as I could, to give him a chance to step in and fix things, but I guess he didn’t get the message.”
“The other girls craned their necks and bunched around me to see, like dogs in a pack.”
“I remember this one time: Mary Kate and I were at the playground, sitting in the swings, waiting for Mr. Softee to make his way down the hill to us.”
Laurel Snyder lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She started writing in elementary school, when she and a friend made their own books with cardboard covers.
In an interview with Kate Messner about her revision process, Laurel said: “I’m a big believer that boredom and silence are required for generating ideas. There’s not enough silence in the world today. Silence is KEY to revision too.”
Other Books Include:Penny Dreadful
Any Which WallUp and Down the Scratchy Mountains
For more info, visit Laurel Snyder’s website.