Bound To Stay Bound

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 Momentous events in the life of a cactus (Life Of A Cactus)
 Author: Bowling, Dusti

 Publisher:  Sterling Children's Books (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 306 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 140455 ISBN: 9781454933298
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 People with disabilities -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction

Price: $20.74

After navigating middle school, ninth-grader Aven, born without arms, struggles with the challenges of high school, which test her confidence, strength, and sense of self.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 504747

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/19)
   Booklist (07/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2019 High school gets off to a rocky start for armless but by no means helpless Aven, as supposed romantic overtures from cool new classmate Joshua turn out to be a Truth or Dare from his buddies. The sturdy self-confidence and deep-seated belief in the essential decency of others that served Aven so well in Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (2017) are left in such rags that she skips school, tries to drive away her friends Zion and Connor, loses interest in her riding lessons, and steadfastly refuses to see signs of genuine attraction from Zion’s brother, Lando. Ultimately time and events, highlighted by a hard but incentive fall from her horse and a trip to Comic-Con—not to mention support from a diverse and multigenerational adult supporting cast—lead Aven past what she dubs the “Great Humiliation” to leave her both literally and figuratively back in the saddle. Though Bowling’s plotline takes a more conventional course in this second outing, and she deals rather summarily with Joshua, readers will welcome back this most able of protagonists. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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