Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Douye, Sylvia

 Publisher:  Andrews McMeel (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 142 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 288390 ISBN: 9781524871314
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Mythical animals -- Fiction
 Cryptozoology -- Fiction
 School stories
 Apprentices -- Fiction
 Competition (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Zoologists -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $10.65

Sorceline has always had a knack for the study of mythical creatures and is eager to be one of Balzar's apprentices. But for all her knowledge of all these creatures, she is mystified by her fellow humans. When one of her rivals suddenly disappears, Sorceline must set aside her anger and join the quest to find her. But the mystery only deepens leading Sorceline on a journey far darker and more personal than expected. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Antista, Paola

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 Gr 5–8—Strange things are afoot on the Isle of Vorn. The island is full of magical creatures, and Sorceline is there for the summer to study cryptozoology. She's a summer apprentice of the celebrated Professor Balthazar and hopes to win a spot as his assistant. Five other students, all of them clever in their own right, compete for the same spot. Sorceline's got a knack for spotting cryptids, though, and noting odd creature behavior, like pixies that come out at night. Not all of the kids in class get along, but once the students start turning to glass, Sorceline and her fellow frenemies must figure out what—or who—is behind the mystery. There's a healthy bit of tween romantic drama in the story. Alcide is smitten with Sorceline, but it's mysterious Merode with his hair flopped over one eye who will catch the attention of readers. The kids are so caught up in their studies and the bizarre happenings that they don't even notice the lack of contact from the outside world, and there's a lingering mystery about who Sorceline's true parents might be. She starts to wonder if her temper is causing the students and creatures to turn into glass, but there's something more sinister happening on the island. Antista's artwork glows and her creatures range from adorable to fascinating to spooky. Some of the plot points get a bit too lost in the weeds, but it's hard to resist the determination and allure of Sorceline. VERDICT Hand to kids who are obsessed with magical creatures. A good purchase for graphic novel collections.—Gretchen Hardin - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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