Bound To Stay Bound

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 Name of this book is secret
 Author: Bosch, Pseudonymous

 Illustrator: Ford, Gilbert

 Publisher:  Little, Brown
 Pub Year: 2007

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 360 p., ill., 19 cm.

 BTSB No: 136168 ISBN: 9780316113663
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Immortality -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Two eleven-year-olds try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

Series:
Secret Series


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 118321
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 42883

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Fluency
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/15/07)
   School Library Journal (00/01/08)
   Booklist (07/01/07)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2008 Gr 4-6-The pseudonymous author of this droll mystery insists that he cannot disclose the real names of its characters, or where they really live. The book is about a secret that cannot, under any circumstances, be revealed, so the author gives the story's fictional heroine and hero, two eccentric 11-year-olds, false names (think about that for a moment): Cassandra and Max-Ernest. Cass always expects disaster and carries a backpack filled with survival equipment; Max-Ernest tells jokes that nobody finds funny. They team up after discovering a secret message from a deceased magician in a box of his things delivered to Cass's substitute grandfathers' antiques shop. To learn more, they must break into the magician's house, where they find a hidden room, and, in it, his journal. They also run into a mysterious man and woman who are looking for the notebook, but Cass and Max-Ernest grab it and flee. They learn that their pursuers appear to have kidnapped several children in the past. Cass sees them kidnapping one of her classmates, but nobody believes her. Full-page illustrations incorporate chapter headings. Secret seems to want to be a blend of Lemony Snicket's books in their tendency to warn readers, Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game (Puffin, 1997) puzzles, and the oddly matched detectives of Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic, 2004). The author tries to make the mixture funny and mystifying, only partially succeeding.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2007 In enormous lettering the first page warns: “Do not read beyond this page!” The reason? The book contains a secret so nefarious as to be dangerous even to innocent page-turners daring enough to venture forth. The first few chapters present a tricky little exercise in metafiction in which the story about a secret is revealed as being itself too secret to tell, a ploy sure to tickle more puzzlesome readers. But then the intrusive narrator, who is equal parts snarky and delightful, strikes a deal and deigns to tell the story with fake names in Your Hometown, as long as you agree to “forget everything you read as soon as you read it.” Then follows a not terribly shocking story wherein two intrepid kids uncover a mysterious society bent on immortality, which gets them in and out of all manner of trouble. While some may be disappointed that there is no mind-bending secret at the bottom of it all as promised, most junior Da Vinci Coders will likely be having too much fun to notice. - Copyright 2007 Booklist.

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