Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Barron, T. A.

 Publisher:  Philomel Books (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 254 p., map, 23 cm

 BTSB No: 093812 ISBN: 9780593203491
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Giants -- Fiction
 Size -- Fiction
 Quests (Expeditions) -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $21.88

Shim has only ever known a world of peace. As a young giant living in the idyllic Fincayra with his mother, Vonya, he has grown up with love and nature surrounding him. But after an unlikely adventure, his world is about to change. A mishap causes him to shrink and he has forgotten something truly essential. He must find giant-sized courage to figure out what happened to him and rediscover the important secret lost from his memory.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/21)
   Booklist (11/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/01/2021 In this highly anticipated prequel to the 12-book Merlin Saga, Shim is a young giant who is shrunk to the height of a human knee right as he is about to leave home on a perilous quest. This begins the story of Merlin’s realm in classic style, with plenty of world building lore, fantastical names, and comfortably predictable dialogue, but the hero here is not the long-bearded wizard or handsome knight; Shim is struggling to fit into the world he exists in, whether he’s his typical giant proportions or—now—shrunken down to a much smaller height, though he learns along this journey to be true to himself, no matter what his size. Filled with exquisite settings and eloquent language, Shim’s adventures are of a type not often seen in modern children’s literature, hearkening back to classic high fantasy. This is an accessible introduction to the genre, and middle-grade readers will delight in the danger, emotional depth, and escapism that accompanies this magical world. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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