Bound To Stay Bound

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 In Todd we trust
 Author: Galveston, Louise

 Publisher:  Razorbill (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 247 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 365482 ISBN: 9781595146793
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Responsibility -- Fiction
 Trust -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Size -- Fiction
 Cleanliness -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Humorous fiction

Price: $6.50

Twelve-year-old Todd Butroche has been rather distracted by a girl in middle school and other concerns, and the Toddlians, the tiny civilization created by his benevolent grossness, are convinced that he is angry with them--especially when they are confronted with a vile red thing (a moldy apple) and its horrifying inhabitant (a worm).

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 174000

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (07/15)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 07/01/2015 In this sequel to By the Grace of Todd (BCCB 2/14), the wee Toddlians are still worshiping their god, twelve-year-old Todd. These tiny beings were spontaneously spawned out of Todd’s dirty clothes, and they are now a fully realized society, depending on Todd for food, water, and other comforts. Todd, unfortunately, is a terrible god—he is forgetful, selfish, and short-sighted. The suffering Toddlians try to guess what they might have done wrong, some plotting defection to a better god while others want to focus their energies on making things right with their current one. Todd’s not trying to be horrible, though; he’s just in middle school and being bullied and juggling too many things to remember details—like the fact that a moldy apple left out contains a worm that could kill the Toddlians. Even with his negligence, Todd’s pretty sympathetic since he’s trying mightily to do the right things. The real stars, however, are the Toddlians, who learned most of life from television and therefore lead lives filled with random accents, dramatic observations about the world, and unrealistic understandings. Their cleverness in the face of neglect and their devotion to the boy on whose dirt they literally feed is genuinely moving, and readers will be fervently hoping for a happy end for this little civilization. AS - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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