Bound To Stay Bound

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 Care and feeding of a pet black hole
 Author: Cuevas, Michelle

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 202 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 252229 ISBN: 9780399539138
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Black holes (Astronomy) -- Fiction
 Pets -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction

Price: $20.76

Eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez finds herself in possession of a strange new pet that swallows up everything in sight when a black hole decides to follow her home.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 193457

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/17)
   Booklist (09/15/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2017 An innocent trip to NASA takes an unpredictable turn when a black hole follows 10-year-old Stella Rodriguez home. Stella’s mission had been to give Carl Sagan a recording of her father’s laughter to be used on the Voyager Golden Record, the ultimate memorial, but instead of a meeting with Sagan, she’s ended up with the world’s weirdest pet. For the most part, Larry (short for Singularity) is quiescent, calmly absorbing things that cross his path, learning the odd command from Stella, and sleeping at the foot of her bed. One desperate night, he becomes a receptacle for all the items that painfully remind Stella of her father, with unforeseen consequences. After Larry accidentally eats the family’s dog, Stella stages a rescue that launches her and her little brother into the black hole’s inky abyss. As much a journey of grief and healing as literal adventure, Cuevas’ story is both touching and funny. Stella must confront her feelings about her beloved father’s death, and in the process, she learns to appreciate the family she has left. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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