Bound To Stay Bound

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 First (Endling)
 Author: Applegate, Katherine

 Publisher:  Harper (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 383 p., ill., col. maps, 21 cm

 BTSB No: 064869 ISBN: 9780062335562
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Fantasy fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Civil war -- Fiction
Adventure Fiction
Fantasy Fiction

Price: $22.08

To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world--the endling--Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear. Byx may be the last of her kind, but will she also be the first to lead the revolution?

 Illustrator: Kostenko, Max
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 502221
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 18.0   Quiz: 77181

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2019 The unusual gang of creatures, both animal and human, formed in Endling #1: The Last (2018) is propelled to greater heights in this second adventure that is riddled with danger and personal challenges. Tobble (a cute but fierce wobbyk), Gambler (a pantherlike felivet), and humans Khara and Renzo continue to help Byx search for other dairnes, the doglike species of which Byx fears she may be the last. Their journey takes them into a volcano, through underground tunnels ruled by gigantic insects, and to a moving, carnivorous island rumored to shelter a dairne colony. Yet throughout, signs of an impending war intrude on their quest that cannot be ignored. Themes of truth, sacrifice, and unity are pitted against that of corrupt power fueled by murder and ideas of species superiority (unsurprisingly embraced by humans). Applegate’s commentary on the need for diversity and understanding is clear but not heavy handed, as Byx’s party recognizes responsibilities outside of searching for dairnes. As Khara assumes leadership of her people, Byx must learn to lead herself—and readers will follow without hesitation. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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