Bound To Stay Bound

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 Area 51 files (Area 51 Files)
 Author: Buxbaum, Julie

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 292 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 179471 ISBN: 9780593429464
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction
 Human-alien encounters -- Fiction
 Uncles -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Area 51 (Nev.) -- Fiction

Price: $20.48

When Sky Patel-Baum is sent to live with her mysterious uncle, she didn't imagine she'd end up here: Area 51. A top-secret military base with a bajillion rules and so classified not even the president knows its secrets. Also, it turns out the place is full of aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. But they prefer to be called Break Throughs.

 Illustrator: Naidu, Lavanya
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 520098

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/22)
   School Library Journal (12/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2022 Gr 5 Up—A lighthearted mystery (with delightful illustrations) about accepting everyone just as they are. Priya "Sky" Patel-Baum is an orphan, and when her grandmother has to go to an assisted living facility, the 12-year-old ends up being sent to live with an uncle she has never met. It turns out he lives in Area 51, a top secret military base that is so classified not even the president knows its true purpose. (Rule #1: What happens in Area 51 stays in Area 51). Not only does she discover that there are aliens in Area 51, but they start to disappear when she arrives. Is it a coincidence? Sky, who is Indian and white, meets unimaginably strange beings, such as the Audiotooters, who fart out of their ears and release a delightful whiff of roses. Drones that deliver pizza and secret hatches that lead to tunnels in the living room floor are just a few of the things Sky discovers as she and her friends try to solve the mystery of the disappearing aliens. The school bully turns out to be one of her partners in crime as she and Elvis the alien work to uncover the mystery and clear her uncle's reputation. Readers who like their science fiction with a touch of humor, such as Frank Cottrell Boyce's Sputnik's Guide to Life On Earth, will enjoy these sci-fic high jinks. VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries building their collection of middle grade science fiction.—Deanna McDaniel - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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