Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dragon used to live here
 Author: Cate, Annette LeBlanc

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

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

 BTSB No: 199016 ISBN: 9781536204513
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Dragons -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Castles -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
Fairy Tales
Fantasy Fiction
Adventure Fiction

Price: $22.58

Noble children Thomas and Emily have always known their mother to be sensible, the lady of the castle--if anything, a bit boring. But then they discover Meg, a cranky scribe who lives in the castle basement, Meg claims that she was a friend of their mother's back when the two were kids--even before the dragon lived in the castle.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 513927

   Booklist (03/15/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2022 Emily and Thomas, two children of nobility, live in a castle with their parents, a knight and his lady, who are about to celebrate their anniversary with a grand party. Bribing Meg, the head scribe, with scones, the children help her coworkers write out invitations and place cards while they listen to Meg tell stories from her youth, before her falling out with her best friend (now the children’s mother). One mesmerizing, episodic tale involves a fearsome dragon that took over the castle and held their mother hostage. Inspired, Emily pressures Thomas to help with a dubious plot to reunite Meg with their mother, a venture that involves forbidden swimming in the moat. Telling stories within a story, Cate’s narrative merges traditional fantasy elements with a more modern, conversational tone. While her low-key approach may seem quiet to kids accustomed to rapid-fire action plots, many readers will enjoy the understated wit and relatively leisurely pace of the writing. Spirited drawings bring the settings and engaging characters to life in this very readable chapter book. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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