Bound To Stay Bound

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 All the small wonderful things
 Author: Foster, Kate

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 234 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 347214 ISBN: 9781536225808
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Autism -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Pet shows -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

In an endearing story about an autistic boy and his steadfast furry pal, Alex is convinced that winning a trophy at the dog show will help him make a real friend at last.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 520915

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/23)
   Booklist (09/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/23)
 The Hornbook (00/11/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2023 In this middle-grade novel about an 11-year-old autistic boy and his dog, Alex badly wants to make friends at his school. He's convinced that helping his relay team make districts will win the friendship of Jared, a popular boy in his class, but Alex never seems to run fast enough. An even better opportunity for friendship arises in the form of the PAWS dog show: Alex loves dogs and is sure that his cockapoo, Kevin, can win in either the obedience or tricks category. Winning, Alex thinks, will make him friends for sure. But nothing goes as expected, and as he becomes friends with the neighbor boy who just moved in next door and prepares for PAWS, Alex learns that friendship isn't earned by winning. A visual countdown of the number of days to PAWS divides the book into sections. This book will appeal to readers who love dogs and want a story about how friendship often arrives unexpectedly—and a true friend will like you for you. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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