Bound To Stay Bound

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 First rule of Climate Club
 Author: Firestone, Carrie

 Publisher:  Putnam (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 354 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 336035 ISBN: 9781984816467
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 School stories
 Podcasts -- Fiction
 Environmental protection -- Fiction
 Climate change -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

When twelve-year-old Mary Kate joins a special science pilot program focused on climate change, she and her friends come up with big plans to bring lasting change to their community.

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/22)
   School Library Journal (08/01/22)
   Booklist (07/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 08/01/2022 Gr 5 Up—Mary Kate Murphy and her classmates in the eighth grade climate science pilot program at Fisher Middle School, with the guidance of their teacher Mr. Lu, set out to create a composting program. When their attempt to apply for a town grant to pay for the program goes awry because of the mayor's racism, Mary Kate and her classmates, family, and friends must find another way to raise funds. Meanwhile, Mary Kate's best friend Lucy is really sick, and Mary Kate works hard to find out what's wrong while juggling activism, her efforts to get teacher Ms. Lane elected mayor, and her frustrations with the current mayor's lies and prejudices. But with the help of school faculty, the ingenuity of her classmates, and her sister's advice, Mary Kate just might find a way to accomplish her goals. Told through short chapters, podcast scripts, flyers, letters, and lists, this book shares with readers the power of determination and unity. VERDICT A great choice for middle grade readers interested in climate change, social justice, and student activism.—Heidi Grange - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 Mary Kate Murphy is 1 of 10 incoming eighth-graders at Fisher Middle School chosen to participate in a climate-change pilot project. Warned that this will be a “non-­traditional” commitment, the group begins investigating ways within their community to help save the planet. Initially, the students struggle to find their niches but eventually realize they can be more effective when they work cooperatively. Unfortunately, the group encounters an obstacle in the form of the town’s mayor, who is resistant to its ideas. Meanwhile, Mary Kate’s BFF is suffering from an undiagnosed illness. Applying her abundant pluck and drive, Mary Kate spearheads efforts to help her friend regain her health. Firestone has created a lively and inspiring companion to her successful Dress Coded (2020). Using podcasts, letters, and a variety of other devices, she covers a broad range of ills with realistic energy. This novel addresses more than climate change, also touching on equity and inclusion as well as traditional and natural healing methods. Readers will cheer as the students’ actions bring about positive change. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 07/01/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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