Bound To Stay Bound

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 Shadow weaver
 Author: Connolly, MarcyKate

 Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 310 p.

 BTSB No: 235953 ISBN: 9781492649953
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Magic -- Fiction
 Shadows -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $20.88

Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened by a noble family she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 193273
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 72595

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 Gr 4–6—Emmeline's magical shadow-weaving makes her an outcast despite her aristocratic class, which is why she's always been especially grateful for her "shadow," Dar, whose whispers protect her—and discourage her from making other friends. When Emmeline's parents threaten to send her away after she causes an accident, Dar helps her escape. But is Dar truly Emmeline's shadow, or something more sinister? When Dar begins whispering about a ceremony that will give her a real body, Emmeline must decide how far she'll go to help her closest companion whose dominant personality leaves Emmeline struggling for a sense of herself. Though some readers may question the protagonist's seemingly naive trust in her manipulative friend, their unusual relationship may spark discussion about the destructive potential of certain types of intimacy and relationships. As Emmeline explores the outside world, she must shake off her passivity and disassociate herself from her "shadow" with the help of her new friend, light-weaving Lucas. Connolly's descriptions of magic, especially of Emmeline's shadow-play, are vivid and invigorating. The looming threat of an off-stage magic-eating villain leaves the novel somewhat open-ended, with the potential for a sequel. VERDICT Readers looking for a supernatural twist on toxic friendships will appreciate this complex and compelling read.—Katherine Magyarody, Texas A&M University, College Station - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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