Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Alexander, K. R.

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 217 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 050272 ISBN: 9781338212242
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Collectors and collecting -- Fiction
 Dolls -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Houses -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Aunts -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Horror fiction

Price: $6.55

Josie must discover the connection between a strange house in the woods, her grandmother's stories, and missing children, or risk losing her sister to dark magic.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 197429
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 75683

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 3–6—When Josie's grandmother becomes ill, Josie and her family leave city life and move to her grandmother's home in the country. For Josie, this means starting sixth grade at a new school, far from her friends, with no Internet or cable TV. Her grandmother has many strange rules and is always muttering to herself about the witch in the woods, which makes it even more difficult for Josie to make friends. When children begin to disappear and horrible dreams start haunting Josie and her younger sister Anna, Josie learns that her grandmother's strange beliefs might not be the mutterings of an old woman, but real attempts to protect their family from something sinister in the woods. Alexander builds tension slowly, ramping up to a fight between Josie and the witch. Unfortunately, the resolution happens a bit too quickly for all the time spent setting the scene, and there are several story lines left unresolved. Josie and Vanessa's friendship feels too good to be true, and the characters could have used more depth and development. VERDICT Casual horror fans are likely to pick this up based on the cover alone. Recommended as an additional purchase for large collections where scary fiction circulates well.—Ellen Conlin, Naperville Public Library, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2018 Alexander, who also writes as A. R. Kahler, crafts a solidly scary story in his middle-grade debut, wherein two sisters are terrorized by a witch living in the woods behind their grandmother’s house. Sixth-grader Josie and her little sister, Anna, move in with their ill grandmother so their mother can care for her. Josie is scared to start a new school and feeling isolated without a TV, internet, or cell reception. Plus, Grandma Jeannie has weird rules—keep windows closed, stay out of the woods, and no dolls allowed—to protect them from the witch Beryl. Their mother says Beryl isn’t real, but Josie still has nightmares about being chased toward a creepy house full of dolls in the woods. School is another kind of nightmare, until Josie becomes fast friends with classmate Vanessa. When Josie discovers Vanessa’s house is the one from her dreams, she’s not sure Vanessa can be trusted. This is a good introduction to supernatural horror for middle-grade readers, with a suspenseful plot, sinister imagery of possessed dolls, and sympathetic characters. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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