Bound To Stay Bound

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 Stella Diaz never gives up (Stella Diaz)
 Author: Dominguez, Angela

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 194 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 285571 ISBN: 9781250229113
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Marine resources conservation -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Mexican Americans -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Stella Diaz, a shy Mexican-American girl, wants to save the ocean, but she knows she can't do it alone.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 507944

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/19)
   School Library Journal (01/01/20)
   Booklist (03/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 Gr 3–5—Stella Diaz takes on summer with the same energy and curiosity she brought to school when first introduced in Stella Diaz Has Something to Say. Whether she's seeing the ocean for the first time or attending the Shedd Aquarium summer camp, Stella finds support and confidence to raise her voice in advocacy. Worried that her passion for protecting the marine life is hers alone, Stella's heart soars when her new camp friends join her saving-the-oceans club. The racially diverse group of friends raise money for the Marine Mammal Center and work together to spread awareness about reducing plastic consumption. Culturally specific details, especially during a visit to Mexico City to see family, are seamlessly woven into Stella's first-person narrative. Although conflicts are minor, the character dynamics shine. Readers with teenage siblings will identify with Stella's struggle to understand her older brother as he gains independence. Dominguez deftly navigates Stella's feelings of helplessness when confronted with the enormity of the impact of human consumption, providing readers with reassurance that even little changes make a big difference. Grayscale illustrations, sprinkled throughout, provide context for new vocabulary. Spanish words are printed in italics—an intentional, inclusive choice according to the author's note—so the text is easier for readers to navigate, no matter their familiarity with the Spanish language. Back matter includes information about ocean conservancy and a list of websites to explore. VERDICT A stellar sequel or stand-alone title with a plot that strikes the perfect balance between character-driven action and activism.—Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2020 After tackling the business of making a big presentation at school, Stella is ready for a summer full of exciting adventures. She visits her family's home country of Mexico and sees the ocean for the first time. Then, she attends a camp at the Shedd Aquarium, where she learns that the ocean is in big trouble, and it's up to all of us to do our part to protect it and all its creatures. The theme of Stella's story continues along the lines of finding your voice and learning how to connect with people, and the challenge of saving the oceans is just the push she needs not just to make new friends but to organize them to make a difference. Stella Diaz Never Gives Up is the second entry in a delightful series that is full of heart and purpose. The author sprinkles in plenty of charming illustrations and immersive Spanish language phrases. A list of resources and ideas for charity projects for any budding activists who feel empowered by Stella's story is icing on the cake. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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