Bound To Stay Bound

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 Across so many seas
 Author: Behar, Ruth

 Publisher:  Nancy Paulsen (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 258 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 101996 ISBN: 9780593323403
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Jews -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Refugees -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Spanning over five hundred years, a novel telling the stories of four girls from different generations of a Jewish family, many of them forced to leave their country and start a new life.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (02/01/24)
   Booklist (02/01/24)
 The Hornbook (00/01/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2024 Gr 3–7—Beginning with the Inquisition and the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and spanning over 500 years, this powerful historical novel by Behar relates the journeys and discoveries of four young girls from different generations of the same family. The stories of Benevida, Reina, Allegra, and Paloma are linked through the Spanish songs that they learn and pass along through an oud, a musical instrument that becomes a precious family heirloom and symbol of hope. Another recurrent connecting theme is travel—each protagonist embarks on a journey, whether fleeing persecution, searching for liberty, or discovering her past and her future. The plot takes readers from Spain to Naples and Turkey to Cuba, Miami, and back to Spain. The simple, resonant, and lyrical narrative transmits the hope and trust that have sustained Sephardic Jewish communities through the generations. Even the names of the title characters speak a blessing. Benevida means welcome; Reina means queen; Allegra means happiness; and Paloma means peace. An author's note explains Behar's connection to this important history. This moving historic tale treats every word used as if it is a fleeting and impossibly beautiful note in a song that can never be forgotten, as it illuminates a people and a past that deserves to be forever remembered. VERDICT This will appeal to fans of Jane Yolen's Briar Rose, and is highly recommended for all collections.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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