Bound To Stay Bound

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 Lines we cross
 Author: Abdel-Fattah, Randa

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 393 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 040204 ISBN: 9781338118667
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Refugees -- Fiction
 Immigration and emigration -- Fiction
 Muslims -- Australia -- Fiction
 Family life -- Australia -- Fiction
 Love -- Fiction
 Ethnic relations -- Fiction
 Australia -- Fiction

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Michael's parents are leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values which is trying to halt the flood of refugees from the Middle East; Mina fled Afghanistan with her family ten years ago, and just wants to concentrate on fitting in and getting into college--but the mutual attraction they feel demands that they come to terms with their family's concerns and decide where they stand in the ugly anti-Muslim politics of the time.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 188809
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 19.0   Quiz: 70919

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 9 Up—Mina, her mother, and her stepfather, Afghani refugees in Sydney, Australia, are moving out of multicultural Auburn into a more homogenous, wealthy neighborhood to open a halal restaurant. Michael is the obedient son of the founder of Aussie Values, an anti-immigration group. The two teens meet at Mina's new school, where she is on scholarship. Michael is immediately smitten with witty, self-possessed, intelligent Mina. He falls hard and has to figure out what he believes, because if he is anti-immigration, he is anti-Mina. Mina struggles with trusting Michael, whose family is clearly no ally to hers and whose best friend is a complete jerk. Told from the protagonists' alternating perspectives, this work presents a multifaceted look at a Muslim teen. Mina and Michael's relationship is threatened by direct attacks perpetrated by Aussie Values on Mina's family's restaurant. Their love develops amid (mostly) well-meaning but flawed family and friends. Abdel-Fattah explores teen nerdiness, sexuality, cruelty, compassion, family pressure, neglect, and loyalty. She is a master at conveying themes of tolerance, working in humor, and weaving multiple emotionally complex points of view. VERDICT A timely and compassionate portrait of the devastating losses of refugees, political conflicts within a family and a nation, and the astounding capacity of young people to identify hate and yet act with empathy and love. A must-purchase for all collections.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-As-School High School, New York City - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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