Bound To Stay Bound

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 How to be a girl in the world
 Author: Carter, Caela

 Publisher:  Harper (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 195322 ISBN: 9780062672704
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Subjects:
 Sexual harassment -- Fiction
 Body image -- Fiction
 Single-parent families -- Fiction
 Family life -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn -- Fiction
 Catholic schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Magic -- Fiction
 Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction

Price: $20.76

Summary:
Twelve-year-old Lydia, feeling threatened by the attention her changing body is getting from boys and men, finds a way to take control of her own skin.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/20)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/20)
   Booklist (07/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Carter crafts a powerful middle grade novel about sexual harassment and the adults who often diminish or ignore it. The story is centered around seventh grader Lydia who lives with her mom and cousin Emma. Lydia sees her father two days a week, spending more time with her mom's boyfriend Jeremy. For months Lydia has not felt comfortable in her own skin. She wears long sleeves and pants in the hot Brooklyn summer to hide her body from boys and men, like the ones in school who call her "Swing" because they like the way the skirt of her Catholic school uniform swings between her legs, and like Jeremy whose hugs and touches linger. Throughout the novel Lydia reasons with herself that she must be overreacting; if these things weren't okay, then surely an adult would have already intervened. When Lydia discovers a book of magic in her new home, she crafts a spell for protection and hopes all of her problems will go away. When she is expelled from her parochial school for use of magic, she is forced to finally confide all of her problems in her mother, who is the first adult to tell Lydia that what has been happening is not okay. The story ends on a hopeful note, and overall Carter does a good job in addressing the topics of sexual assault and consent for middle grade students. VERDICT While this novel leaves readers with an important message about sexual harassment, it is not didactic. An excellent addition to middle grade collections.—Katharine Gatcomb, Portsmouth P.L., NH - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Carter crafts a powerful middle grade novel about sexual harassment and the adults who often diminish or ignore it. The story is centered around seventh grader Lydia who lives with her mom and cousin Emma. Lydia sees her father two days a week, spending more time with her mom's boyfriend Jeremy. For months Lydia has not felt comfortable in her own skin. She wears long sleeves and pants in the hot Brooklyn summer to hide her body from boys and men, like the ones in school who call her "Swing" because they like the way the skirt of her Catholic school uniform swings between her legs, and like Jeremy whose hugs and touches linger. Throughout the novel Lydia reasons with herself that she must be overreacting; if these things weren't okay, then surely an adult would have already intervened. When Lydia discovers a book of magic in her new home, she crafts a spell for protection and hopes all of her problems will go away. When she is expelled from her parochial school for use of magic, she is forced to finally confide all of her problems in her mother, who is the first adult to tell Lydia that what has been happening is not okay. The story ends on a hopeful note, and overall Carter does a good job in addressing the topics of sexual assault and consent for middle grade students. VERDICT While this novel leaves readers with an important message about sexual harassment, it is not didactic. An excellent addition to middle grade collections.—Katharine Gatcomb, Portsmouth P.L., NH - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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