Bound To Stay Bound

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 Vanderbeekers ever after (Vanderbeekers)
 Author: Glaser, Karina Yan

 Publisher:  Clarion (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 402 p., ill., col. map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 380915 ISBN: 9780358434580
 Ages: 7-11 Grades: 2-6

 Family life -- New York (State) -- Harlem -- Fiction
 Racially mixed families -- Fiction
 Sick -- Fiction
 Weddings -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

The Vanderbeeker family is celebrating! Their two favorite people are getting married in Harlem, and Laney, Hyacinth, Oliver, Jessie, and Isa have so much to look forward to--and organize! When one of the siblings becomes seriously ill, wedding plans come to an abrupt halt. Instead of preparing for a party, they're spending their days at the hospital. Soon the Vanderbeekers attempt to help a new and critically ill friend, even as they struggle with how their own lives have turned upside down.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 521994

   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/08/2023 *Starred Review* The seventh volume in the Vanderbeerker series offers a story with a broad emotional range, from the humor of barely controlled family chaos to the responses of individual siblings when one of them faces serious illness. It’s not as though the Vanderbeeker kids haven’t dealt with fears of loss before, but the prospect of eviction from their apartment pales beside the possibility of losing their youngest sister, seven-year-old Laney, to cancer. Even the most thoughtful, creative, and hardworking siblings feel helpless at such a time. Preparing for an upcoming wedding offers a much-needed distraction, but nothing can fill the gap in their family during Laney’s lengthy hospital stay. Her own story as a leukemia patient will fascinate many readers as well. Glaser pulls out all the stops in this absorbing novel, which occasionally focuses on an individual family member or friend. The narrative deals with difficult subjects in a matter-of-fact but hopeful way, letting readers know that leukemia recovery rates are quite high for children, without ignoring the fact that not all young patients survive. With a lovable cast and a strong, resilient main character, the final volume in the Vanderbeeker series tells a heartening story about a family and a community that readers will long remember. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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