Bound To Stay Bound

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 Spiritglass charade
 Author: Gleason, Colleen

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 354 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 381178 ISBN: 9781452110714
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Mystery fiction
 Vampires -- Fiction
 Time travel -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Spiritualism -- Fiction
 London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- 1837-1901, Victoria -- Fiction
Science Fiction
Scary/Horror Stories
Mystery Fiction

Price: $6.50

In 1889 Evaline Stoker, Mina Holmes, and their time traveler friend, Dylan are asked by the Princess of Wales to find out what happened to Robby Ashton, who may have drowned--but the reappearance of vampires in the heart of London threatens to become a more urgent problem.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 5.90
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 173635
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 20.0   Quiz: 71415

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/14)
   School Library Journal (09/01/14)
 The Hornbook (00/11/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 8 Up—Little more than a month has passed since teens Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock) wound down their first collaborative effort at fighting crime and solving mysteries in The Clockwork Scarab (Chronicle, 2013). When the young women are summoned by Princess Alexandra, daughter of Queen Victoria, their skills are tested once again. The royal enlists the girls' help in a case involving her dear friend who has fallen prey to a manipulative spiritualist. Then there is the issue of vampires—thought to be long extinct—skulking through the streets of London. Told in Evaline's and Mina's alternating first-person points of view, the story gives readers an illuminating and fascinating peek into late-Victorian London life. Evaline, a bold and vivacious aspiring vampire slayer, craves adventure and risk. Mina prefers work that requires the methodical application of her inestimable sleuthing skills. Problems are compounded when Dylan, the time-traveler from modern-day London, tries to help. His assistance—performing the Heimlich maneuver on an aged, grumpy Queen Victoria, for instance—might very well alter the course of history. Gleason's novel is a well-oiled machine. Every literary cog and wheel has its distinct function—the authentic historical framework, the adeptly integrated steampunk devices, the compelling personalities and backgrounds of the outwardly tough but inwardly vulnerable heroines—yet all work together in easy synchronization.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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