Bound To Stay Bound

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 Something like home
 Author: Arango, Andrea Beatriz

 Publisher:  Random House (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 248 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 065290 ISBN: 9780593566183
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Novels in verse
 Foster home care -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Puerto Ricans -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When a lost dog helps Laura find a way home to her family, they discover family in each other along the way.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 520948

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/01/23)
   Booklist (09/15/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/23)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/09/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2023 Gr 4 Up—Everything in Laura's life is wrong, and it is all her fault. If she hadn't called 911, then the police wouldn't have found her parents on pills, and she wouldn't have been sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know while her parents are in rehab. Haunted by her guilt and lack of autonomy, Laura is struggling to find a place in a new school and in a house with rules she doesn't understand when she discovers an abandoned puppy and sets out to train him as a therapy dog. Maybe he will be the key to visiting her parents so she can apologize and they can all go home together. Extraordinarily honest and sensitive, this novel in verse tactfully and gracefully deals with foster and kinship care and some of the many emotions involved. Laura and her aunt are both Puerto Rican, although Laura doesn't speak fluent Spanish, and some simple Spanish phrases are included through their dialogue. The verse format and word choice make this a more accessible option than some other books on similar topics. Throughout the story, Laura learns to accept that her love for her parents does not make her responsible for their actions, and to allow herself to have space in her heart for all those who love and care for her. An author's note supplies more information for readers who are not familiar with foster/kinship care, as well as encouragement to those who have experienced it firsthand. VERDICT So much affirmation, exploration, and positivity for those in similar situations are packed beautifully into these verses, making it a solid addition to collections.—Emily Beasley - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/15/2023 Laura Rodríguez Colón just wants to go home, but she made the decision to call 911, and now she’s living with an aunt she didn’t even know she had and learning the ins and outs of kinship foster care. Disgruntled by the situation, mad at herself, and longing for home, Laura stumbles upon someone who needs her just as much as she needs someone: a lost dog that, somehow, her aunt agrees to let her keep. Laura is certain that the dog, Sparrow, is going to be her ticket back to her parents as she trains him to be a therapy dog. At her new school, luckily, Laura is befriended by Benson, a boy fighting sickle-cell disease who happens to be a good trainer, and a great friend who doesn’t judge her for her parents' addiction. Full of the author's signature heart-tugging verse, a character you just want to hug, and threads of friendship, family, and belonging, Arango’s follow-up to her Newbery Honor debut is a triumph for readers who need comforting encouragement without having to ask for it. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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