Bound To Stay Bound

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 Far from the tree
 Author: Benway, Robin

 Publisher:  HarperTeen (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 374 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 111728 ISBN: 9780062330628
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Subjects:
 Adopted children -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Lesbians -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

Summary:
An interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood exploring the meaning of family in all its forms-how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 192417
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 21.0   Quiz: 72355

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (00/09/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 Gr 8 Up—Only child Grace was adopted at birth; when she finds herself placing her own daughter up for adoption, she begins searching for the bio family she's never known. She quickly discovers that she is a middle child, sandwiched between loudmouth younger sister Maya and older brother Joaquin, who has spent nearly his entire life in the foster care system. As Grace struggles to move forward from the loss of her daughter, she begins to bond with her siblings who have hardships of their own. Maya's adoptive family is not as picture-perfect as they seem, and Joaquin is on the cusp of something wonderful but is afraid it could all end in disaster. The siblings find themselves turning to one another and learning that family comes in many forms. Benway has created three unique and endearing characters who have experienced adoption in very different ways. Grace's story will pull at heartstrings, while Maya is relatable as a teen struggling with her relationships with her family and girlfriend Claire. Joaquin is scared and rough around the edges. With a well-imagined cast of secondary characters who add angst, humor, and depth, Benway adeptly leads readers through a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Expect to cry real tears at this one. VERDICT Well-written and accessible, this is a must-purchase for all YA collections.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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