Bound To Stay Bound

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 Talent for trouble
 Author: Farrant, Natasha

 Publisher:  Clarion, (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 258 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 325196 ISBN: 9781328580788
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Adventure fiction
 Private schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Survival skills -- Fiction
 Scotland -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Eleven-year-old Alice Mistlethwaite persuades her boarding school friends, Jesse and Fergus, to set out on an off-the-grid adventure in which they face storms, illness, injury, and international jewel thieves.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 507793
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 77637

   School Library Journal (00/11/19)
   Booklist (+) (11/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/01/2019 *Starred Review* Four years after her mother’s death, Alice faces another wrenching change: her aunt Patience sells their idyllic English home, where the 11-year-old spends her days writing stories, and sends her niece to Stormy Loch, a Scottish boarding school that fosters independence and discovering one’s talent. There Alice befriends two boys, Jesse and Fergus. While each of them is less than whole, they all become stronger during their sometimes-harrowing exploits. Alice repeatedly attempts to contact her distant, unreliable father, and in the final chapters, she and her friends secretly travel over land and sea to meet him on a remote Scottish island. Intermittently, the narrator pauses the storytelling to offer readers a different perspective (Aunt Patience’s “secret wish to help Alice live as passionately as she wrote”), a hint of what’s to come (“at least two betrayals, and a few lies, and a couple of near-death experiences”), or a helpful warning (“Please never, ever try at home what Alice did next”). In this well-crafted chapter book, the early scenes on the overnight train to Scotland and in the idiosyncratic school are as riveting as the later adventures atop the castle and in the wild. A rewarding novel with distinctive settings, well-drawn characters, and a satisfying conclusion. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 Gr 4–6—It's been four years since Alice Mistlethwaite's mum died. Her father Barney is an unreliable struggling actor who disappears for long periods of time, leaving her Aunt Patience to sell their home in the English countryside and send Alice to Stormy Loch, a boarding school in Scotland. At Stormy Loch everyone has a Talent, ranging from art to running. They have Challenges starting with the First Day Challenge, and all actions have Consequences. Alice makes friends with Jesse, a rule follower and map reader who she meets on the train, and Fergus, a rule breaker who is dealing with family troubles of his own. The three work as a team for the Great Orienteering Challenge but stray off course when a mysterious message from Alice's father leads them into a dangerous mission involving international criminals and a chase on a remote island. While much of the story feels timeless, mentions of cell phones and computers make this a contemporary adventure. VERDICT Readers will enjoy accompanying Alice and her friends on this fast-paced adventure.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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