Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bridget Wilder, spy-in-training
 Author: Bernstein, Jonathan

 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 304 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 115116 ISBN: 9780062382665
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Spies -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Middle-born children -- Fiction
 Adoption -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

An adopted middle child receives an unexpected package on an otherwise unremarkable birthday inviting her to join a super-secret division of the CIA.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 176751

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/15)
   School Library Journal (06/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Bridget feels invisible most of the time. Her family forgets her 13th birthday, her one friend always dominates their conversations, and her classmates only acknowledge her when she is the butt of their jokes. This depressingly unremarkable life takes an unexpected turn, however, when Bridget discovers a bag of strange objects waiting on her doorstep. Can it possibly be true that Bridget's biological father, whom she's never met, is a spy, and that he wants his daughter to follow in his footsteps? This fast-paced novel packs a lot into its pages, including realistic school drama, family tensions, cool spy gadgets, and a serious plot twist. Some characterization and plot development are lacking, but the story is entertaining overall. The dearth of strong female protagonists in middle grade spy stories gives this book an added leg up. VERDICT A solid choice for libraries where action and adventure novels fly off the shelves.—Amy Koester, Learning Experiences Department, Skokie Public Library, IL - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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