Bound To Stay Bound

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 Over my dead body
 Author: Boo, Sweeney

 Publisher:  Harper Alley, (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 232 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 134108 ISBN: 9780063056312
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Festivals -- Fiction
 Missing children -- Fiction
 Witches -- Fiction

Price: $14.75

Another school year begins at the Younwity Hidden Institute of Witchcraft, and Abigail knows that this is the year she needs to buckle down, grow up, and start taking her studies seriously. But everything is thrown off course when her mentee, Noreen, goes missing. Abby's classmates are quick to put Noreen's disappearance behind them but Abby can't let it go, and her search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than she can handle. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Bacon, Avery

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/22)
   School Library Journal (09/30/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/22)

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School Library Journal - 09/30/2022 Gr 8 Up—Abigail, a student at the Younwity Hidden Institute for Witchcraft, has woken up late for the morning's assembly. Upon arrival, she finds that one of her closest friends, Noreen, has vanished overnight, having last been seen heading into the Untamed Woods. While most students are able to leave the search in the hands of The Coven, the united group of teachers at the school, Abby knows she must intervene. Abigail works together with her friends Goldie, Enver, and Violet to try and solve this magical mystery—only to find that it goes deeper and has similar circumstances to the last time a student went missing. Award-winning French Canadian author and illustrator Boo uses a full palette of colors to show off her unique digital illustrative style, a strong comparison to modern animation. She puts the cast of characters to the forefront here, allowing both her expertly written dialogue and the vibrant diversity of the students to give off the true magic of this tale, rising over even the spells and rituals they perform. VERDICT This graphic novel about a witchy school will resonate with fans of spooky season and is a great story about the power of friendship helping to solve a mystery. A wonderful addition to Halloween collections that will continue to be checked out long after the season is over.—Adam Fisher - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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