Bound To Stay Bound

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 Learning to fall
 Author: Engelfried, Sally

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 268 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 310796 ISBN: 9780316367974
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Alcoholism -- Fiction
 Skateboarding -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Daphne spends a vacation with her estranged father, whom she has not seen in years, and the pair bond over their love of skateboarding.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 518438

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/22)
   School Library Journal (12/23/22)
   Booklist (09/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2022 Twelve-year-old Daphne is sent to her dad’s house for the summer while her mom heads to Prague to film a movie. Daphne hasn’t seen her father in years because of his problems with alcoholism. Skateboarding was the one thing they bonded over until Daphne got into a skateboarding accident when she was 10, partly due to her dad not showing up for her. Now he is in recovery and doing his best to repair their relationship. Daphne still doesn’t feel as if she can rely on him, and she doesn’t skateboard anymore either, having tangled up her love for it with her love for her dad. Stories about alcohol addiction don’t always focus on the complexities of recovery and forgiveness like Engelfried does here, and the theme of family resonates throughout as Daphne navigates the instability of an alcoholic parent and her anger and resentment toward her father. Pair with Life in the Balance (2021), by Jen Petro-Roy, a story that also deals with an alcoholic parent struggling in recovery. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/23/2022 Gr 3–7—Twelve-year-old Daphne hasn't seen her dad in three years because of his drinking but now she's being forced to spend the summer with him in Oakland, CA, while her mom films a movie in Prague. Daphne's dad is an avid skateboarder and when she was younger, they used to skateboard together. But, ever since the Skate Park Disaster when she was 10, Daphne's refused to skate. Now in recovery, her dad's trying to reconnect with her but Daphne stubbornly refuses his overtures, instead giving him her "Cold Fish" look. She blames him for her skateboarding accident two years ago when he didn't show up to skate with her as he promised. Her dad's neighbor and best friend Gus is dating a woman who has a son Daphne's age named Arlo, and he is an enthusiastic skateboarder too. With both Arlo and her dad's patience and encouragement, Daphne begins to regain her confidence and love for skateboarding. She even allows Arlo to film her skating for his summer film project. While Daphne can be sharp at times, her unwillingness to initially trust or forgive her dad feels realistic. As she finally begins to thaw and hear him out, she becomes more understanding and empathetic. Arlo and Gus are Mexican American; the rest of the characters are white. VERDICT An authentic and hopeful look at a young girl with a passion for skateboarding who is struggling to understand and forgive an alcoholic parent with the support of family and friends.—Sharon Rawlins - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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