Bound To Stay Bound

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 I text dead people
 Author: Cooper, Rose

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 233 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 241419 ISBN: 9780385743914
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Dead -- Fiction
 Future life -- Fiction
 Text messages (Cell phone systems) -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $6.50

As if living in a creepy house on cemetery grounds wasn't horrible enough, Annabelle accidentally becomes a guide that bridges the gap between the living and the dead with her cell phone. Which means she is pestered by the deceased 24/7. And until she helps them with their absurd unresolved issues and ridiculous requests, no one will be able to rest in peace.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 177197
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 71707

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/15)
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 Gr 5–8—When Anna moves to a new town, she hopes that the mansion her mom inherited from an uncle will make life in her snooty new school a bit easier. The hardest part, being phoneless, seems to be solved when she finds a phone on her way to school. Soon life gets a bit crazy with cliques causing trouble at school, a creepy guy following her around, the boy she likes dating someone else, and the dead people texting her to ask for help. With a fast-paced, plot-heavy style, this book careens between high school drama and ghostly intrigue. Cooper attempts to weave in suspense, horror, and quirky humor while creating relatable characters resulting in a fun but slightly scattered novel for tweens. Younger readers will appreciate a sanitized peek into high school relationships that focuses more on predictable relationship conflicts with unpredictable horror lines thrown in to keep the story interesting and fresh. VERDICT None of the novel's content would prevent it from sitting comfortably in an elementary school library where it is sure to attract fans looking for something scary—but not too scary.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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