Bound To Stay Bound

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 Violets are blue
 Author: Dee, Barbara

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 286 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 268164 ISBN: 9781534469181
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Makeup artists -- Fiction
 Theatrical makeup -- Fiction
 Theater -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Remarriage -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction

Price: $7.37

Twelve-year-old Wren, who is learning special effects makeup, is thrilled to be makeup artist for her new school's production of Wicked, but her parents' divorce is seriously affecting her mother.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 513768

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2021 In this story for young teens struggling to find themselves, readers enter the jumbled world of Wren—a girl whose father recently left and is now expecting twins with his new partner, whose nurse mother is behaving increasingly strangely, and who is, herself, trying as best as she can to give voice to her feelings and ideas. Wren is not great at cultivating friendships, but she’s developing a real talent for creating visual transformations using makeup. Behind the colorful layers she applies, she doesn’t feel inadequate or “unfriendable,” and when the opportunity arises, she throws herself into doing makeup for the school play. Meanwhile her mother’s behavior becomes more erratic, with the ultimate reveal that she’s addicted to painkillers. As her mother heals and her own self-understanding deepens, Wren relies on the help of family and new friends to move toward a fresh start. Dee (My Life in the Fish Tank, 2020) again successfully tackles tough topics, making them relatable for middle-grade readers. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 4–8—Twelve-year-old Renada (Wren) is going through some difficult changes. In a few short months, her parents have divorced, her father has remarried, and Wren has gone through a major move with her mother. On the positive side, she likes her new stepmother, who is pregnant with twins, and quickly makes a friend at her new school. She also follows a YouTuber who specializes in special effects make-up, and working with make-up helps her cope with life. Wren's friend Poppy convinces her to do makeup for the school musical, and Wren is surprised to find herself enjoying the challenge. On the negative side, Wren's mother is behaving erratically, taking long naps on the sofa, missing work, and keeping things locked away in her room. Wren tackles these challenges, along with her own insecurities, with a believable maturity. Dee addresses with aplomb important topics such as opioid addiction, divorce, bullying, and moving. This inspired novel deftly depicts the self-doubt and loneliness that many children (and adults) feel. Character ethnicity is not described. VERDICT A recommended purchase, especially for libraries that serve children affected by the opioid crisis.—Claire Covington, Broadway H.S., VA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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