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Laurel Snyder and BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX

 

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.