Bound To Stay Bound

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 Million ways home
 Author: Dorisi-Winget, Dianna

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 242 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 286921 ISBN: 9780545667067
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Witnesses -- Fiction
 Witnesses -- Protection -- Fiction
 German shepherd dogs -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Spokane County (Wash.) -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan's mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 169245
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 63554

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/14)
   School Library Journal (09/01/14)
   Booklist (07/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2014 After her grandmother has a stroke, Poppy moves into a children’s home. Desperate to visit her grandma, she slips away from the center and stumbles onto a violent crime. She is now the prime witness and needs to stay hidden until the killer is caught. The responding officer likes Poppy and arranges for her to stay with his mother. Life there is good, and Poppy enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, but her main focus is getting Grandma Beth home and returning to normal life. The story expertly combines multiple threads: Grandma Beth’s health, Poppy’s uncertain future, the police hunt, and Poppy’s attachment to Gunner, a shelter dog with a troubled past. The crime element folds in suspense and a thrilling conclusion, adding a page-turning component to a story full of strong characters and emotions. The result is a compelling, emotionally gripping read. The theme of the book—that we cannot always control the outcomes of our choices—is laced with hope as Poppy comes to accept her new life. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 4–6—After her parents' untimely death, Poppy lives a happy and normal life with her grandmother. When her grandma suffers a severe stroke, Poppy is moved into an uncomfortable children's home and her life changes for the worse. While sneaking out to visit her grandmother's nursing home, Poppy witnesses an armed robbery. She and the criminal get a good look at one another before he escapes. For her protection, the police send Poppy to stay with the mother of one of the detectives. Poppy connects with her new caretakers, befriends a troubled girl her own age, and visits an animal shelter where she falls for a dog scheduled to be put down. As she works to save the dog, she gains confidence in herself, and deeper insight into how the world works. She learns the importance of doing the right thing and trusting those who care about her. Dead or missing parents are a familiar device to put a young protagonist alone in the world. This is not the case with Poppy's parents. Despite having no memory of them, she thinks of them often and wonders about the circumstances of their deaths. Being an orphan isn't exciting and cool here. Readers who have experienced some of Poppy's hardships might find her path a little too easy. But those who have not will respond well to the chirpy first-person narration which keeps the tone light and accessible. The book explores some dark themes, but does so in a very gentle way.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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