Bound To Stay Bound

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 We belong
 Author: Everman, Cookie Hiponia

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 201 p., col. ill., 19 cm

 BTSB No: 318232 ISBN: 9780593112205
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Novels in verse
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Immigrants -- Fiction
 Folklore -- Philippines -- Fiction
 Filipino Americans -- Fiction
 Philippines -- Fiction

Price: $7.37

Through a bedtime story to her daughters, a woman weaves together her immigration story and Filipino mythology.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Dela Cruz, Abigail

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2021 From debut author Everman comes a novel in verse that blends the magical and the real. As Elsie’s three children prepare for bedtime, they beg her for a story—Elsie’s own story. She instead tells them about Mayari, the moon goddess, who journeys with her siblings from one land to another. Mayari’s story parallels Elsie’s, as well as how her family fled the Philippines and came to America. It is, at times, a painful but familiar new immigrant story of struggle and hardship, but it also showcases not only the very tight bonds of Filipino families but also their perseverance. The book’s strength lies in Everman's ability to weave a plot that incorporates Filipino mythology with a personal immigration story. The challenge is in keeping track of all the characters, some with more than one name. Everman’s novel is a nice addition to the modern Filipino voices in children’s literature, including the similarly themed Fresh Off the Boat (2005), by Melissa de la Cruz, and Erin Entrada Kelly’s The Land of Forgotten Girls (2016). - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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