Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Bard, Breena

 Publisher:  Little, Brown Ink (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 271 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 089750 ISBN: 9780316277686
 Ages: 8-14 Grades: 3-9

 Graphic novels
 Wildfires -- Fiction
 Climate change -- Fiction
 Protest movements -- Fiction

Price: $19.08

After her home burns down, Julianna moves to a new town to start over but learns that the boy who started the fire goes to her new school. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Bell, Andrea

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/23)
   School Library Journal (11/01/23)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/09/23)

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Booklist - 09/15/2023 *Starred Review* Julianna and her family live in heavily forested rural Oregon, where they're currently under a burn ban to help prevent wildfires. One day, after a 4-H club meeting, Julianna notices the sky is a strange color. Soon after, her dad speeds into the driveway and tells her and her sister that there is a forest fire spreading rapidly and they need to pack up their essentials and leave immediately. The family is forced to relocate to Portland, Oregon, leaving everything they had known behind; Julianna is particularly heartbroken about the chickens they couldn't save. As she adjusts to her new living situation and gets involved with an environmental club at her new school, Julianna struggles with complex emotions and the extreme loss, but she's helped considerably by her supportive parents and new friends. Bard offers an important book about the many effects of climate change and the varied ways people can take action against it, coupled with a compassionate depiction of a tween dealing with genuine grief and anxiety. The heartfelt tone comes through the superb, expressive artwork beautifully, especially in moments when Julianna flashes back to the fear she felt as the fire approached. Climate anxiety is a real concern for many kids, especially those who have experienced wildfires firsthand, and this thoughtful comic will surely ring powerfully true. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2023 Gr 3–8—Climate change and irresponsible use of fireworks combine to create a heartbreaking background for this story. Protagonist Julianna and her family live in the Oregon woods and are forced to relocate after a wildfire in the area. The action follows them as they settle into a new house and school. Dialogue bubbles and illustrations carry readers along without any additional exposition; environmental details are worked into conversations with Julianna's parents and the sponsor of the school's conservation club. The ways in which the family deals with their loss are handled in a realistic and age-appropriate manner. Julianna is angry, her younger sister is sad, and her parents try to hide their feelings to make things easier on the children. They all channel their feelings into positive actions, such as replanting trees in damaged sections of the forest and attending climate rallies. The comic book–style artwork uses vivid colors and bold outlines to create tone and setting. Julianna and her family present as white, while the other characters are racially diverse. VERDICT A good match for readers who enjoy survival and natural disaster stories, environmental action, or realistic fiction that features families overcoming adversity.—Suzanne Costner - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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