Bound To Stay Bound

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 Flipping forward twisting backward
 Author: Fullerton, Alma

 Publisher:  Peachtree (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 135 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 361585 ISBN: 9781682633663
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Gymnastics -- Fiction
 Novels in verse
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Reading disability -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Fifth grader, Claire, is almost as devoted to competitive gymnastics as she is to hiding her poor reading skills. What happens when Claire's secret starts unraveling?

 Illustrator: Mensinga, Sarah
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 521728

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
   School Library Journal (07/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 Gr 3–7—Fifth grader Claire is a successful competitive gymnast, but she is unable to find the same success in school. She compensates for her inability to read by getting her best friend Emma Lea to do her homework and by listening to audiobooks to complete book reports. Her embarrassment in class leads to conflict with her teacher, and classmates begin to bully Claire. The vice principal, Mr. McCay, suspects Claire has a learning disability, but Claire's mother refuses to let the school test her. Fortunately, Claire receives support from her older sister, her best friend, and her gymnastics teammates. The book, based on the author's personal experience growing up with dyslexia, offers an authentic portrayal of children with learning disabilities. Readers will empathize with Claire as she struggles with feeling "stupid" and will support her journey. The quick-moving plot comes with a satisfying ending, and the free-verse narrative provides plenty of helpful white space for reluctant readers. Claire appears white, and her friend Emma Lea appears Black in the black-and-white illustrations. VERDICT Recommended for students seeking realistic fiction about characters with learning disabilities similar to Alyson Gerber's Focused, and for those who enjoy reading books written in free verse.—Maile Steimer - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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