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Bigger than a Bread Box (edition 2012)

by Laurel Snyder

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Title:Bigger than a Bread Box
Authors:Laurel Snyder
Info:Yearling (2012), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:children's literature, fiction, divorce, wishes, homesickness, moving, Baltimore, Atlanta, magic

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Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder is the story of a teenager trying to put her family together again before her parents decide to get a divorce. Her only tool is a breadbox that seems capable of granting wishes.

Rebecca, her mother, and much younger brother have moved temporarily to Atlanta, to her grandmother's home. Her father hasn't been able to find work and the stress is just too much for her mother.

Up in the attic Rebecca finds a breadbox and while fiddling around with it, she realizes it can make small things appear. But her wishes have to be tangible, real world, and small enough to fit inside.

As you can imagine, a magic box with no instructions can easily get out of hand. Rebecca soon has the consequences of her wishes to reckon with on top of her family trouble.

It's a short, emotionally charged and thoroughly magical novel. The climax took me completely by surprise, turning an otherwise heartwarming tale with a moral into something boarding on horror; I love horror. ( )
  pussreboots | Feb 27, 2014 |
The element of fantasy in this book is never completely explained. We just take it on faith, that a girl, removed from her home by a mother in the throes of separating from her husband, would find a box capable of granting wishes so long as they didn't take up more room than the box.

I guess that's how it is with magic. It comes and goes when it is least expected.
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  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
This isn't so much the story of a magical bread box that grants wishes as it is the story of Rebecca, a girl who is struggling with her parents' separation and the fact that there is no magic that can fix relationships. Certainly the bread box gives it that fantasy element, but this is really contemporary fiction at its finest, with fully fleshed characters who are all struggling to make sense of a not-so-happily-ever-after world. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
This was a nice idea, but I personally was very bothered by the lack of system for the magic in the story. The rules didn't quite seem to make sense to me, and I couldn't help wondering why Rebecca didn't have more questions earlier. She doesn't seem to be in the realm of kid raised on classic fantasy who suddenly ends up in one, but still! So that sense of unreality that pervaded the book brought it down for me. (Dec 2011) ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
After Rebecca's mom moves her and her brother across the country during a fight with their dad, Rebecca finds a magical bread box in her grandmother's attic that grants her wishes. While the story gets hokier as you read, young girls will love the idea of fitting their wishes into a bread box. ( )
  agrudzien | Jul 9, 2012 |
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Devastated when her parents separate, twelve-year-old Rebecca must move with her mother from Baltimore to Gran's house in Atlanta, where Rebecca discovers an old breadbox with the power to grant any wish--so long as the wished-for thing fits in the breadbox.
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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.

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Devastated when her parents separate, twelve-year-old Rebecca must move with her mother from Baltimore to Gran's house in Atlanta, where Rebecca discovers an old breadbox with the power to grant any wish--so long as the wished-for thing fits in the breadbox.… (more)

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