Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Balen, Katya

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 176 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 086632 ISBN: 9780823442898
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Brothers -- Fiction
 Autism -- Fiction
 Family life -- England -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction

Price: $7.37

Ten-year-old Frank's life revolves around his autistic brother, five-year-old Max, but after many changes over the course of a year, he discovers that he loves Max and is proud of him.

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 3–7—Frank has always resented his brother Max. Max is autistic, and he gets most of his parents' attention; Frank often wakes up in the middle of the night to Max crying out, his family can never go out to eat since Max can't handle it—the list goes on. But when his mom starts having seizures, Frank's feelings ramp up. Frank believes that all the extra stress Max puts on his mom has made her sick. When tragedy strikes Frank's family, he realizes that Max didn't make his mom sick after all, and begins to truly appreciate his brother for who he is. Seamlessly told from Frank's perspective, the story drags a bit in points. While this depiction of a boy with an autistic brother is evocative, some readers may be tired of another novel that views an autistic character through the perspective of a put-upon neurotypical sibling. VERDICT Recommended for libraries with a strong interest in realistic fiction.—Jill Baetiong, Bloomingdale Public Library, IL - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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