Welcome to Breadcrumbs!

Breadcrumbs was created by Claudia Heymach.  

The book reviews are written by members of the HSPVA Literacy Club. 



So many books and so little time! How can kids (and their parents) choose which one to read first? To make your decisions easier, students from the literacy club at The High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas have read a few and reviewed them in this web log.



From an early age, these students have fallen in love with reading- whether it was Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, or Half Magic- and they want to pass on this love of reading to others.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo


The Newberry award winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate Dicamillo is the story of a mouse named Despereaux who fights for his love for music, books, and Princess Pea against a mouse population that claims his only interest should be to eat crumbs. The other mice send Despereaux to a dungeon where he encounters Roscuro, a rat determined to seek revenge from the Princess who he felt was the cause of his misery. With a cast of unlikely characters- a compassionate mouse, manipulative rat, abandoned girl named Miggery Sow, and others- this book combines many perspectives to create a multidimensional tale about love, overcoming obstacles, and following one’s beliefs.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle follows the adventures of Charles Wallace, his older sister Meg, and fellow classmate Calvin O'Keefe as they attempt to save the world from a mysterious blackness that is threatening to swallow the earth. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the three children embark on a journey to save the world, and possibly Charles Wallace and Meg's missing father. With just the right amount of mystery, science fiction, and action, this book is a great read for anyone looking to escape into a world of fantasy and secrets.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


Colfer's Young Adult novel, Artemis Fowl, tells the story of a teenage criminal mastermind who attempts to find a fairy and hold it ransom. However, unlike the conventional fairies of most stories, these creatures are technologically advanced, strategic, and just as willing to play dirty as the boy who hunts them. Through this redefinition of this classic creature and others, Colfer mixes fables with modernity to create a fascinating story. Artemis, with a brilliance beyond his years, matches his mind against the skills of the fairy people in what proves to be an engaging and unusual fantasy tale.

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket


The Reptile Room is the thrilling second book in The Series of Unfortunate Events. The Bauldilaire orphans have escaped from Count Olaf and are now living happily with their eccentric herpetologist (reptile studying) uncle. But have they really seen the last of Count Olaf? This book is an exciting page turner for the curious young reader. Identities will be revealed, Sunni will befriend an Incredibly Dangerous Viper, and someone will end up dead.