Bound To Stay Bound

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 Serwa Boateng's guide to vampire hunting (Serwa Boateng)
 Author: Brown, Roseanne A.

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 386 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 158130 ISBN: 9781368066365
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Vampires -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 African mythology -- Fiction
 Ghanaians -- United States -- Fiction
 Good and evil -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Supernatural -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

After her home is attacked by shapeshifting vampires, twelve-year-old Serwa Boateng is sent to live with her aunt and cousin in Maryland, but the aspiring vampire hunter discovers that middle school is harder than it appears on television, especially when she has to avoid detention and turn her classmates into warriors before they become vampire food.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 18.0   Quiz: 518137

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/22)
   Booklist (+) (09/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2022 *Starred Review* Brown’s middle-grade debut is an action-packed, Ghanaian-influenced contemporary fantasy that explores the bonds of family, friendship, and what happens when you don’t know (or are kept from) your own history. Serwa Boateng has been raised her whole life as a Slayer (supernatural hunters blessed by the gods) by her parents, both of whom are renowned Slayers in service of the Abomofuo, a secret organization dedicated to hunting down dangerous black-magic creatures, such as the adze (shape-shifting vampires) and obayifo (witches). As such, she’s spent her whole life traveling from one hunting ground to another and has no experience with (or interest in) a normal childhood. However, after an attack from an especially powerful foe from her parents’ past leaves the Boatengs without a home, Serwa's parents leave her in the care of her nonmagical aunt and cousin in the decidedly mundane Rocky Gorge, Maryland, while they hunt down this threat. Despite her unconventional life, Serwa’s struggles with feelings of powerlessness, abandonment, and an overwhelming emotion that she refers to as the Big Feeling will resonate with many young readers, as will her attempts to understand who she is and where she came from. Her diverse, ragtag group of friends simultaneously provide depth and levity to the story. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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