Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Fletcher, Tom

 Publisher:  Random House (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 344 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 341541 ISBN: 9781524773342
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.76

Searching for answers after all the adults in her town disappear, eleven-year-old Lucy goes through a passage under her bed into an upside-down world inhabited by sticky, smelly Creakers.

 Illustrator: Devries, Shane
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 77511

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/19)
   School Library Journal (09/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 Gr 3–5—When all of the adults disappear from the town of Whiffington, Lucy Dungston makes it her mission to find them and bring them back. She learns that the Creakers, garbage-eating monsters who live beneath the floorboards under children's beds, are responsible. To get the adults back, Lucy must go into the Woleb, the Creakers' world. With help from a few other children in the town, she discovers a way in—but can she get the adults out? The frequent authorial interjections ("OK, so things are about to get a little scary. Don't say I didn't warn you.") indicate that the story is supposed to be frightening, but most readers will find the bumbling Creakers more funny than scary, and Lucy and her friends never appear to be in any real danger. There's plenty of humor, some of it mildly scatological, but nothing too gross. Plentiful illustrations add to the book's wacky charm, and the narrative ends with Lucy and the townspeople finding a way to live in harmony with the Creakers, rather than in a pitched battle. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries in need of funny, not very scary horror.—Misti Tidman, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, OH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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