Bound To Stay Bound

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 Isaiah Dunn is my hero
 Author: Baptist, Kelly J.

 Publisher:  Yearling (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 195 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 088585 ISBN: 9780593121368
 Ages: 8-10 Grades: 3-5

 Subjects:
 Family life -- Fiction
 Journals -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction
 Poetry -- Fiction

Price: $15.39

Summary:
A boy discovers a love of poetry after finding his late father's journal.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 509193

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/20)
   School Library Journal (07/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/07/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Isaiah Dunn is a 10-year-old boy who loves writing poetry. He develops a severe case of writer's block after his father's death leads to his mother's depression and his family's housing instability. Isaiah is trying to keep a low profile at school, but clashes with a classmate keep landing him in the principal's office. He's forced to take a mediation class with his school enemy. Isaiah tries to learn how to make peace with her as he looks for a way to make money to change his family's situation. His best friend, Sneaky, offers to let him in on his candy-selling side hustle at school. But that doesn't bring in enough money for an apartment, and his mother's depression is getting worse. Isaiah's one comfort is the notebooks full of stories about "Isaiah Dunn, superhero" that his dad left. He's hoping the notebooks will lead him to the help his family needs. VERDICT An accessible story about a child facing loss and home instability. Isaiah is a likable character; readers will identify with his struggle to rise above his family's housing issues to define himself. A great selection for school and public libraries.—Desiree Thomas, Worthington Lib., OH - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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