Bound To Stay Bound

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 Cici's journal : the adventures of a writer-in-training
 Author: Chamblain, Joris

 Publisher:  First Second (2017)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 148 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 24 cm

 BTSB No: 212218 ISBN: 9781626722484
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Authors -- Fiction
 Diaries -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $22.08

Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She's been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what's hiding inside them. But now she's discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he look so sad when he comes back? In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Neyret, Aurelie
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 192405

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Translated from French, Chamblain's charming graphic novel centers on a 10-year-old supersleuth navigating life, school, and relationships. Cici channels her dreams of being an author into a notebook, recounting two of her stakeouts-turned-adventures. Her "trick for telling stories is to observe people, imagine their lives, their secrets," but sometimes that comes at the cost of others' feelings. Learning to use her inquisitive nature responsibly becomes Cici's most perplexing mystery as she struggles to balance supporting her loved ones and chasing her passion. The scrapbook journal style of the book, with its emphasis on Cici's thoughts, lends itself well to the narrative, and her imagination shines through in scribbles, doodles, and notes. The lush, muted illustrations deftly convey mood through light, shadow, and washes of color. The secondary characters are also well rendered. The girl's single mother is authentic and warm, Cici's bonds with her best friends emphasize the importance of give-and-take in relationships, and an elderly neighbor's writing career inspires Cici. While some plot points resolve too serendipitously, graphic novel fans will appreciate this feel-good tale. VERDICT Equal parts Amelia's Notebook, Harriet the Spy, and a whimsical flavor of its own, this winsome title should easily find a home in most middle grade collections.—Erin Douglass, Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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