Bound To Stay Bound

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 Classy crooks club
 Author: Cherry, Alison

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 322 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 210136 ISBN: 9781481446372
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Old age -- Fiction
 Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Twelve-year-old AJ is dreading spending the summer with her uber-strict grandmother--that is, until she's recruited to join Grandma Jo's madcap band of thieves.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 182212
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 6.30
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 67411

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/16)
   School Library Journal (01/01/16)
   Booklist (11/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 4–7—A summer month staying with her grandmother, who fusses about correct forks and thinks that sewing—but not soccer, and definitely not skateboarding—is a proper activity for a young lady doesn't sound like a lot of fun for 12-year-old AJ. But when her grandmother's bridge club turns out to actually be a top-secret thieving operation, AJ finds that she loves the excitement and adventure of joining their heists, especially when they rescue a pet bird from its neglectful owner. While AJ practices lock-picking and sneaking around in the dark, her soccer team provides dramas of its own: in an effort to impress a wealthy popular girl, AJ may have alienated her longtime best friend. Humor abounds throughout, and a cute college-age chauffeur adds a bit of tween-crush romance (Stanley has a girlfriend his own age, making the crush appropriately one-sided). The concluding heist, in which the grandmothers attempt to steal a painting, just misses confronting the increasingly morally dubious nature of the grandmothers' missions: a somewhat unexpected kidnapping and a bizarrely amateurish robbery mistake all but prevent AJ from actively having to choose between conflicting loyalties. But in the end, friendships are repaired and the crooks are finally caught…in a classy way, of course. VERDICT A light and fun mix of friendship and adventure with a thoughtful core.—Jill Ratzan, Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley, PA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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