Bound To Stay Bound

View MARC Record
 Partly cloudy
 Author: Davis, Tanita S.

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 228 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 262846 ISBN: 9780062937001
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Adjustment (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Change -- Fiction

Price: $8.19

In desperate need of clear skies as she starts a new school, Madalyn has days filled with clouds that lead to serious storms until she learns the power of community and family after disaster strikes.

   Booklist (+) (09/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2021 *Starred Review* After her dad is laid off from his job, leaving the family with financial strains, Madalyn’s mom arranges for her to move in with her great-uncle, Papa Lobo, so she can attend a new school in a better district. What Madalyn finds, however, is that “new” feels more like “foreign,” and “better” seems to be strangely synonymous to “all-white.” Madalyn works to navigate the unpredictable forecast of her transplanted life, questioning what it means to be Black in all-white spaces. Though, momentarily, a new friendship casts her doubts aside, they quickly return as Madalyn comes to believe her friend may have racial prejudice against Black people. Readers will appreciate Papa Lobo’s casual chats with Madalyn, his flourishes of Creole imparting loving affection as he guides Madalyn through heavy moments of contemplation. This rings especially true as approaching wildfires push Madalyn to cast aside her feelings of distrust to ensure the safety of her friend. Davis captures the often glossed over tenderness of preadolescence, the space between blossoming independence and a lingering desire for the comfort and support of caregivers. As feel-good realistic fiction, this title reminds young readers that families and friendships alike require honesty, compromise, and understanding—especially when the forecast is partly cloudy. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

View MARC Record