Bound To Stay Bound

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 Connect the stars
 Author: De los Santos, Marisa

 Publisher:  Harper (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 341 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 266117 ISBN: 9780062274656
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Ability -- Fiction
 Camps -- Fiction
 Deserts -- Fiction
 Wilderness areas -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction

Price: $6.50

When thirteen-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Teague, David
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 180282

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/15)
   Booklist (08/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/15)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2015 In this funny and profound novel, middle-school misfits isolated by their exceptional talents find themselves on a character-building trek, el Viaje a la Confianza (“Journey to Confidence”), through the desert wilderness of West Texas. Audrey is burdened with the unerring ability to tell when people are lying, while Aaron has a photographic (and phonographic!) memory. When the camp bully, Daphne, goes missing, they work together as a team to find her—and save her life. Unfortunately, Daphne’s backstory is not credible, and the solution to the mystery also strains believability. But what makes the story special is the authors’ nuanced understanding of how our special gifts fit into our lives. Each kid’s talent is like a powerful medicine that can be used to help or to harm, depending on the dosage and the symptoms: Audrey must learn to temper her love of the truth with mercy, while Aaron must assemble his bits of data into a bigger picture. Satisfyingly, they do learn to use their gifts in context—or, as the title has it, to “connect the stars.” - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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