Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Chow, Karen S.

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 245 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 212068 ISBN: 9780316333726
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Grief -- Fiction
 Loss -- Fiction
 Violins -- Fiction
 Music -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Chinese Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Amie struggles to find herself through friendship and music in the wake of her father's death.

   School Library Journal (00/03/23)
   Booklist (01/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2023 A moving, musical interlude on grief, Chow’s debut novel wraps readers in the moments Amie shares with her ba-ba, who has cancer. He's had cancer before, and that’s why Amie is his miracle, since he never thought he’d have children. When his cancer gets worse, Amie finds herself obsessed with the way her music can make him happy. After his passing, with her mother’s desire to return to routine pressing at her back, Amie loses her musical voice, friendships falter, and she must learn to be honest with those around her that she is not okay. Amie’s love of music is the primary language of this novel, but her love of Harry Potter proliferates on the page as well—including in odd moments when she wonders if an adult is “smiling like a Slytherin,” which disrupts the otherwise lyrical flow. Well-paced and serious without being overly heavy, Chow’s debut is a great pick for anyone with a love of music or with a cloud of grief lingering over them. Hand to fans of Lynne Kelly, Christine Day, and Paul Acampora. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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