Bound To Stay Bound

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 Sanctuary somewhere
 Author: Dimmig, Brenna

 Publisher:  West 44 Books, an imprint of Enslow Publishing (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 190 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 279678 ISBN: 9781538382844
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Novels in verse
 Noncitizens -- Fiction
 Undocumented immigrants -- Fiction
 Latin Americans -- United States -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $13.41

After he finds out he's undocumented, seventeen-year-old high school student Osmel fears he won't be able to pursue his dream of becoming a meteorologist.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 504292

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 6 Up—Osmel has just begun his senior year of high school and is making college plans when he learns that he is undocumented. Through a verse narrative, readers follow Osmel's journey through discovery, grief, and acceptance. He begins to question if he will be able to achieve his dream of becoming a meteorologist, and he harbors resentment toward his sister, who was born in the United States. By way of comparison, teens see Osmel's Tía Alex, an outspoken law student registered under the DREAM Act, and his friend Juan, whose father is taken by ICE. Dimmig writes respectfully about a current topic, but the poetry in this verse novel does not hold up. The content is not too mature for preteens but is current enough to serve as a hi-lo book for an older teen. The line breaks seem random at times: "I watch Leslie/as she unfolds a blue/blanket and places it/over the small table/set for our family altar." There is not much use of the wordplay or literary devices that differentiate poetry from prose. VERDICT Although this is a timely subject and there is nothing objectionable in the book, other options may be a better choice. An additional purchase.—Jeri Murphy, C.F. Simmons Middle School, Aurora, IL - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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