Bound To Stay Bound

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 Take back the block
 Author: Giles, Chrystal D.

 Publisher:  Random House (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 229 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 379234 ISBN: 9780593175170
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Community life -- Fiction
 Neighborhoods -- Fiction
 Gentrification -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Sixth-grader Wes Henderson sets out to save the Oaks, the neighborhood where he's lived his whole life, from being sold to a real estate developer.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 510912

 The Hornbook (00/07/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Wes Henderson has to spend his 11th birthday protesting a new development in his neighborhood with his community activist mother. He's melting in the heat and decides to hide when he sees a news van arrive. He doesn't want to appear on the evening news; he dislikes protesting and gets nervous in front of cameras, which could ruin his cool reputation. Wes lives in Kensington Oaks, in the home where his mother grew up and one that his grandfather saved for 10 years to purchase. He has a tight-knit friend group that includes Mya, a girl who has moved out into a more upscale neighborhood. She doesn't get along with Kari, another friend who had to move out when a developer bought the building he lived in. Kari's situation is precarious and Wes worries about his well-being. But he doesn't really relate to the issue of gentrification until it comes to Kensington Oaks and he sees firsthand how it divides the community. This impressive debut is notable for its depiction of how gentrification pushes the working-class poor out of neighborhoods, as well as substantive ways that communities can protest, all for a middle grade audience. Wes is a humorous, likable, relatable narrator who recognizes that he lives comfortably compared to some, and who appreciates his family history within the community. VERDICT This title is a first purchase for any collection. Giles has crafted an outstanding depiction of the nuances of gentrification as well as the struggle and joys of working-class Black families and communities.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill M.S., Closter, NJ - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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