Bound To Stay Bound

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 This last adventure
 Author: Dalton, Ryan

 Publisher:  Carolrhoda (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 298 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 255506 ISBN: 9781541599284
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Grandfathers -- Fiction
 Alzheimer's disease -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When Archie's beloved grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Archie tries to slow the progression of his grandpa's memory loss through shared role-playing fantasies. But he has to face the reality of what he's losing.

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/21)
   School Library Journal (02/25/22)
   Booklist (02/15/22)
 The Hornbook (00/05/22)

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School Library Journal - 02/25/2022 Gr 5–8—Eighth grader Archie and his grandfather have an exceptionally close relationship. Archie and his mother have lived at his grandfather's house his whole life, and the older man is the closest thing to a father Archie has ever known. He's shocked when his grandfather does not recognize him one morning, and the family is devastated by his ultimate Alzheimer's diagnosis. Archie and his mother have very different ways of coping with his Grandpa's memory loss; his mother avoids thinking about it, dating so often Archie can't keep track of her dates' names. Archie is frequently left alone "in charge" of his grandfather. On bad days, when his grandfather is disoriented, Archie revives an old game the two used to play of reenacting adventures, sometimes using his grandfather's journal entries for prompts. This tactic ultimately backfires, and makes Archie realize there is little he can do to help slow the disease. Balancing a complex home life with school is sometimes challenging for Archie; he is navigating typical 13-year-old challenges around crushes and identity while carrying a larger burden. His supportive friend group helps ground Archie, keeping him a relatable character learning to navigate his feelings and relationships. This poignant novel explores complex and difficult issues with hope and humor. Characters' evolving feelings and self-realization are realistically portrayed, as are conflict and resolutions between characters. The fantasy sections of the book, where Charlie and his grandfather reenact adventures, are imaginatively written and provide readers, along with Charlie and his grandfather, a respite from the heartbreak of watching Grandpa deteriorate. Charlie and his family are white. Charlie's best friend is Japanese and Hawaiian, his friend Desta's parents immigrated from Ethiopia, and his friend Kamiko is Japanese American. VERDICT This novel sensitively explores difficult issues with hope and warmth, creating believable characters readers will care about.—Juliet Morefield - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 “Grandpa didn’t recognize me today.” This heartbreaking statement opens Dalton’s tale of 13-year-old Archie, whose beloved grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. No longer able to ignore the symptoms, Archie is desperate to slow down Grandpa’s memory loss. That’s when he remembers the fantasy adventures they used to share and decides to revive them. Soon the two are battling dragons, but the success of this strategy is only temporary. In the meantime, Archie and his friends are given a major school assignment: write an essay and mount a display about their future. Archie secretly hopes that his future might involve lovely Desta, on whom he has a major crush, but he is afraid to make a move. As for the assignment, he hasn’t a clue what topic to choose. What does he want to make of his life? And what to make of this book? Its first half is rather tepid, but it is redeemed by a dramatic second half that will deeply involve—and move—its readers. An important subject and one that, altogether, is well handled. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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