Bound To Stay Bound

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 My life in the fish tank
 Author: Dee, Barbara

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 306 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 268167 ISBN: 9781534432338
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Manic-depressive illness -- Fiction
 Mentally ill -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $22.08

When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning's older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it turns her family's world upside-down, especially since they are keeping the information private.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 509107

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/20)
   School Library Journal (07/01/20)
   Booklist (09/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 4–6—Dee offers a novel that depicts a family impacted by mental illness. Twelve year-old Zinny's life is dramatically changed by her oldest brother Gabriel's hospitalization and treatment for bipolar disorder. Mom and Dad seem to spend most of their days visiting him and fighting with insurance companies. Not only are Zinny's parents absent, leaving her and two other siblings to fend for themselves, but she is expected to keep Gabriel's diagnosis and situation private. With the help of her science teacher Ms. Molina, a guidance counselor who invites her to a lunch club for others with family challenges, and a family therapist, Zinny finally begins to open up. This book raises awareness of bipolar disorder and how it can affect a family dynamic. Zinny describes memories of Gabriel's manic behavior, and it is later implied that Gabriel crashed his roommate's car as an act of self-harm. However, this book does not attempt to understand what happens in Gabriel's mind. It does not explore Gabriel's feelings about what he and/or his family are experiencing. It could have been more valuable if the narration had shifted points of view between characters and included Gabriel's, or even centered Gabriel's perspective. VERDICT This book has value in describing the impact that a family member's mental illness can have on their loved ones. For larger collections and fans of Tae Keller's The Science of Breakable Things and Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelons Grow.—Rebecca Fitzgerald, Harrison P.L., NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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