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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss
Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila
Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert
A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle
Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden
Flight by Sherman Alexie
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer by James Endredy
Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth by Jon Chad
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
Natural History by Justina Robson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp
The Sacramento, River of Gold by Julian Dana
Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper
Tiger Trek by Ted Lewin
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Bigger Than a Bread Box: 02/12/14

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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.

Five stars

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