Bound To Stay Bound

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 Next great Jane
 Author: Going, K. L.

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 231 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 383626 ISBN: 9780803734753
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Authors -- Fiction
 Custody of children -- Fiction
 Remarriage -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family life -- Maine -- Fiction
 Maine -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Jane, a budding writer and Jane Austen fan, discovers the true secret to writing when a famous author and her cute, but annoying, son come to her small coastal town and play seemingly unwitting roles in affecting the custody battle between Jane's Hollywood mother and marine biologist father.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 510695

   School Library Journal (05/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (04/15/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/05/20)

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Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 04/15/2020 *Starred Review* Though Maine’s Whickett Harbor is considered quaint by most standards, Jane has always loved her coastal town. On the night the story opens, Jane is bursting with excitement because a famous author, J. E. Fairfax, is giving a talk at the library, and Jane, an aspiring writer, is sure Ms. Fairfax will divulge important trade secrets. But then a hurricane breezes into town and ruins everything, prematurely ending the library event and throwing Jane into the company of Devon, one of Ms. Fairfax’s snooty, obnoxious sons. The hurricane also unexpectedly brings Jane’s mother back from Hollywood, handsome fiancé in tow. It is, if you will, a perfect storm of events that throws Jane’s life into chaos. Going (Pieces of Why, 2015) explores Jane’s internal confusion, allowing her to feel conflicted, angry, worried, passionate, and happy by turns. Yet, the story itself remains buoyant, with interesting plot developments, layered characters, humorous moments, and a healthy dose of marine science, courtesy of Jane’s father. When the issue of Jane’s absentee, starlet mother declaring she wants custody arises, Jane must take an honest look at what she wants her life to look like, while considering the merits of second chances. Adoration for Jane Austen and a matchmaking scheme worthy of Emma Woodhouse add an extra dash of heart to this wonderfully told tale. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 5 Up—Jane Brannen is an aspiring author from a small town where nothing ever happens. Things change quickly as best-selling author J.E. Fairfax arrives in Jane's town at the exact same time a hurricane threatens to blow Whickett Harbor off the map. But nothing is going to stop Jane from her dream of meeting a real, live author. Not a hurricane. Not some insufferable snob, who happens to also be J.E. Fairfax's son. Not even her mother, who threatens to take Jane away from the only life she has ever known. Jane doesn't expect the heap of trouble she courts while trying to get the advice she was hoping for, but she does learn a lot about true love. Fans of Going will love her latest book, and new fans will emerge with a new favorite. VERDICT Going has created another original and captivating story by weaving engaging characters in an ordinary setting who do incredible and impossible things. An inspirational must-have for every library.—Christina Paolozzi, Bonaire Elementary School, GA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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