Bound To Stay Bound

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 Each of us a universe
 Author: Ferruolo, Jeanne Zulick

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 333278 ISBN: 9780374388683
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Africans -- United States -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Twelve-year-old Cal and her new classmate Rosine, an immigrant from Central Africa, go on an adventure to the top of Mt. Meteorite where they learn about each other, themselves, and the magic friendship can bring.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Mwilelo, Ndengo Gladys

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/22)
   Booklist (01/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/01/22)

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Booklist - 01/01/2022 Cal’s life changed in an instant with her mother's cancer diagnosis, but Cal has a daring plan: local legend maintains that a meteorite smashed into a nearby mountaintop, and Cal becomes obsessed with scaling the peak and bringing the mystical artifact home to heal her mother. When she learns that Rosine, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also intends to climb the mountain and find something miraculous herself, Cal reluctantly agrees to team up for the impossible climb, and as their connection deepens, a new kind of magic takes hold. It’s an immediately compelling story, full of breathtaking descriptions of the natural world and unafraid to tackle big topics. Cal is allowed a full range of emotions about her situation, from deep love to terrible resentment, and Rosine makes for a remarkable and resilient counterpoint (Mwilelo drew on her own experiences as a refugee to tell Rosine’s story). Above all, it’s a reminder that life can be imbued with a sense of wonder, even in its most difficult moments. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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