Bound To Stay Bound

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 Song for Bijou
 Author: Farrar, Josh

 Publisher:  Walker Books for Young Readers (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 296 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 325197 ISBN: 9780802733948
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
 Private schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Haitian Americans -- Fiction
 Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Seventh-grader Alex Schrader's life changes when he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to Brooklyn, and while he is determined to win her heart Alex also learns about dating rules and Haitian culture.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 157575
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 58841

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 Gr 5–8—Alex never cared very much about girls. Sure he has had them as friends, and has attended the dances where the St. Christopher boys mix and mingle with the St. Catherine's girls. But then he sees beautiful Bijou. She survived the earthquake in Haiti and now, three years later, has moved to New York to live with her aunt and uncle, and her uncle holds to old Haitian traditions of family and propriety. Bijou is to go to school and be a good girl. She isn't to talk to boys who are not related to her. When she and Alex meet, nothing goes as either of them expects. They face the clash of the two cultures and deal with bullies, a video scandal, and major misunderstandings. Bijou deals with multiple themes. There is the awkwardness of first love in middle school, learning about different cultures, the importance of staying loyal to friends even when a girlfriend enters the picture, and remaining true to yourself and what you believe. Even so, the story is well crafted, and the alternating points of view between Bijou and Alex keep it interesting. The bullies are accurate in their cruelty, and the dynamics among the characters are well done. Great for discussion.—Melyssa Kenney, Parkville High School, Baltimore, MD - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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