Bound To Stay Bound

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 Partition project
 Author: Faruqi, Saadia

 Publisher:  Quill Tree Books (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 404 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 325386 ISBN: 9780063115811
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Pakistani Americans -- Fiction
 Muslims -- Fiction
 India -- History -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

When her grandmother comes off the airplane in Houston from Pakistan, Mahnoor knows that having Dadi move in is going to disrupt everything about her life. Her journalism teacher has announced that their big assignment will be to film a documentary, so Maha wants to know about Dadi's childhood in northern India--and about the Partition that forced her to leave her home and relocate to the newly created Pakistan.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (01/01/24)
   Booklist (02/15/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/24)
 The Hornbook (00/03/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2024 Gr 3–7—Maha is a future journalist, obsessed with everything about the news. What's new in her life is the arrival of her dadi who has just moved from Pakistan and into Maha's bedroom. Along with her new room and new job as her grandmother's "babysitter," Maha has a school documentary project taking up her time. Slowly, stubborn and grumpy Dadi begins to soften and bond with Maha through sharing memories from her childhood, in particular the events surrounding the 1947 partition of India. When Maha confronts her own lack of knowledge surrounding her family's past, she begins to see the importance of history to the present moment. Diving full force into an exploration of the partition for her documentary tests Maha's stamina, patience, and relationships. Maha navigates her school project and new friendships while collecting interviews and recollections of the partition. Readers will discover along with Maha how our separate histories connect to our shared future, and the importance of archiving and protecting the personal stories of collective moments. VERDICT A heartwarming exploration of history through personal stories perfect for middle grade readers.—Hayley Morgenstern - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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