Bound To Stay Bound

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 Freddie vs. the family curse
 Author: Badua, Tracy

 Publisher:  Clarion (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 250 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 078866 ISBN: 9780358612896
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Filipino Americans -- Fiction
 Amulets -- Fiction
 Blessing and cursing -- Fiction
 Demonology -- Fiction
Fantasy Fiction
Family Life
Adventure Fiction

Price: $21.88

A young Filipino-American Freddie and his cousin Sharkey must team up with Freddie's ancestor to break the curse that's haunted their family for generations. . . or Freddie will be trapped in an amulet forever.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 516656

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/22)
   Booklist (04/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/09/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2022 Badua’s debut contemporary fantasy is full of humor and high stakes. Freddie Ruiz has always been cursed—his nickname is Faceplant Freddie, after all. He believes his luck is about to change for the better when he finds an amulet that has been in his Filipino American family for generations. But he realizes his mistake when he discovers the spirit of his great-granduncle, who died in the Philippines during WWII, trapped in the amulet. Freddie’s luck changes for the worse and he must hang on for dear life. He has only thirteen days to break the curse or risk getting trapped in the amulet, too. The story’s pace starts out slow, but it picks up and takes readers on an adventuresome ride with likable and funny characters who learn to make their own luck. Filipino American kids who appreciated the cultural representation in Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe (2017) and Mae Respicio's The House That Lou Built (2018) will find similar themes here, and fans of fantasy adventures will appreciate the high-stakes plot. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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