Bound To Stay Bound

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 Booked (Crossover Series)
 Author: Alexander, Kwame

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 314 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 050142 ISBN: 9780544570986
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Novels in verse
 Soccer -- Fiction
 Books and reading -- Fiction
 Self-esteem -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 181133
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.80
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 67770

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/16)
   Booklist (+) (02/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/16)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2016 *Starred Review* Nick doesn’t think he is extraordinary, but it is true that he and his best friend, Coby, are stupendous soccer players. In addition, Nick’s dad has written a dictionary, which means that Nick has a vocabulary that stupefies ordinary 12-year-olds. And there’s the fact that the lovely April seems to like him. Abruptly, however, Nick’s life crumbles when his mom announces she is leaving home to take a job in Kentucky, and a ruptured appendix lands Nick in the hospital, keeping him from playing in a prestigious soccer tournament. It sucks. Alexander treats readers to the same blend of poetry, humor, and insight that graced his ­Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), enhanced with a thrilling literary zest. Mr. Mac, the school librarian, is a former rapper who, after undergoing brain surgery, joyfully embraced his true calling peddling books to middle-school students. Book after wonderful book is suggested to smart but reading-averse Nick. It’s not a small thing to incorporate big issues like bullying and divorce into eminently readable free verse that connects boys, sports, and reading. While some may find Mr. Mac’s passion a bit overwhelming (while others may find it simply delightful), middle-school readers and their advocates will surely love Alexander’s joyous wordplay and celebration of reading.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Newbery winner and New York Times best-seller? Alexander’s latest will surely have a lengthy waiting list. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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