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If it fits, it's yours—or is it? And where exactly do you fit when your world is quickly shifting around you?

Those questions are at the core of the poignant and semi-autobiographical Bigger than a Bread Box, author Laurel Snyder's latest middle grade novel. Twelve-year-old Rebecca's life is shaken when her parents separate and her mom hastily moves Rebecca and her baby brother from Baltimore to Georgia. There, at her grandmother's home, Rebecca discovers a magical bread box in the attic. Whatever Rebecca wishes for, she gets—as long as it fits in the box. But when she discovers that the wished-for things actually belong to others, Rebecca must decide what's the right thing to do. And besides, how do you fit your real home and family—whole, loving, and unbroken—inside of a bread box?

Snyder shares how it felt to dig around in her own past as she wrote this clear-eyed coming-of-age story in my November children's market column at Authorlink.com. To learn more about Snyder and her books, be sure to visit www.laurelsnyder.com.